2017-07-13 / Education

Nichols attends DAR’s 126th Continental Congress

More than 3,500 members of the Daughters of the American Revolution convened in the nation’s capital for the 126th Continental Congress held the last week of June, the latest gathering of the longstanding service organization’s an­nual meeting.

In attendance were Vice Regent Lynn Nichols of Higgins Lake and Regent and Delegate Tammy Carr Cruickshank of Cedarville. They are members of the Chief Shawand Chapter in Gaylord.

Carr Cruickshank also serves as the Michigan Bus Tour Chair.

The keynote speaker for the opening night ceremony was retired NASA Flight Director Eugene Kranz, who was also awarded the DAR Medal of Honor.

Additionally, the ceremony recog­nized retired NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson with the DAR Medal of Honor and California State University Monterey Bay President Eduardo Ochoa with the DAR Americanism Medal.

A special presentation during the opening night ceremony put a spotlight on the upcoming 250th anniversary of the United States in 2026 and the leading role DAR will be playing in the prepara­tions.

DAR Honorary President General Lynn Forney Young was recently ap­pointed to the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission. The DAR also announced the first major, patriotic investment in the commemoration: A donation to Inde­pendence National Historical Park of 76 trees planted in honor of the Spirit of ‘76 that inspired the colonists to declare their independence.

At the evening ceremony honoring our nation’s military personnel and vet­erans, the keynote speaker and Marga­ret Cochran Corbin Award honoree was General Lori Robinson, USAF.

As commander of the U.S. North­ern Command (USNORTHCOM) and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), Gen. Robinson is the first female officer to command a major Unified Combatant Command in the history of the United States Armed Forces. She is the highest-ranking wom­an in U.S. military history. Additional awards presented that evening honored the Army Nurse of the Year and out­standing volunteers for veterans.

At the evening ceremony dedicated to education, the DAR Excellence in American History Book Award was presented to “Washington’s Immortals: The Untold Story of an Elite Regiment Who Changed the Course of the Revolu­tion” by Patrick O’Donnell.

Other honorees included exception­al students and the DAR Outstanding Teacher of American History. At another evening event, DAR members were treated to a special introduction to the new Museum of the American Revolu­tion by its President and CEO Michael Quinn.

“The energy that results from more than 3,500 dedicated DAR members gathering in one place never fails to pro­duce inspiration, creative breakthroughs and true camaraderie,” President Gen­eral Ann T. Dillon said. “We are grateful for the opportunity to reflect on the hard work and accomplishments of the past year, including the donation of hundreds of thousands of dollars to preservation, education and patriotic endeavors and the contribution of millions of hours of volunteer service in our communities. When considered as a whole, the reports presented at Continental Congress offer irrefutable proof that the DAR remains a relevant, vital and multifaceted force in cities and towns across the country.”

While at Congress, members attend­ed the Heritage Club breakfast, DAR school luncheon, patriotism luncheon, junior membership luncheon, historic preservation luncheon and various busi­ness sessions and evening events. The chapter also attended a wreath laying ceremony at Tomb of the Unknown Sol­dier at Arlington National Cemetery.

Members also attended a Michigan reception honoring Chase Glassner, re­cipient of the Dr. Aura-Lee A. Pittenger and James Hobbs Pittenger American History Scholarship, as well as Adam Hellebuyck, recipient of the 2017 Out­standing Teacher of American History award. Members also served on the Cor­ridor Hostess Committee and the Tier Hostess Committee.

The DAR Continental Congress is a time-honored annual gathering that has been held in Washington, D.C., since the organization’s founding. National, state and chapter leaders as well as other members from across the country and around the world meet at the DAR National Headquarters to report on the year’s work, honor outstanding award recipients, plan future initiatives and reconnect with friends. The week-long convention consists of business sessions, committee meetings and social func­tions and is topped off with formal eve­ning ceremonies at which national DAR award winners are honored.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War.

With more than 185,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters world­wide, DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations. To learn more about the work of today’s DAR, visit www.DAR.org.

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