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Nacogdoches chapter of Daughters of American Revolution celebrate 95th anniversary

Updated: Apr. 19, 2021 at 3:44 PM CDT
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NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - Monday is a big day for the over 200 Daughters of the American Revolution in the Nacogdoches chapter.

“We are celebrating the 95th anniversary of the chartering of the Nacogdoches of the Daughters of the American Revolution,” proudly said member Rachel Underwood.

Ancestry is important.

Some members wear sashes adorned with gold medals. Each pendant worn by a Daughter of the American Revolution symbolizes they are proud to be an American.

“First thing we honor our ancestor that fought in the Revolutionary War,” explained Vice Regent Pattye Greer.

Each member’s principals are guided by God, Home and Country.

Mabel Barham, a transplant from Waco, began the Nacogdoches chapter. She quickly recruited 12 others. Many were sisters from the same family.

Portrayals of charter members in vintage dress brought to life the DAR civic accomplishments which are still appreciated today.

“The Daughters of the American Revolution are the reasons so many historical buildings still stand. Why monuments are here,” said Leisha Bridwell, a DAR member.

The dress has changed, but not the objectives. Historic preservation, patriotism and education are important.

Each year the Nacogdoches chapter of the DAR encourages students across Nacogdoches county to write an essay. This year, more than 600 students voluntarily participated.

And a rededication of the grave marker for founder, Mabel Barham shows heritage must be respected.

Today’s program was dedicated to memory of Regent Angela Kay Key, who passed away this month.

To learn more about the DAR, Nacogdoches chapter go to https://www.texasdar.org/chapters/Nacogdoches/

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