Serving God, Home, and Country
The Daughters of the American Revolution share a love of country and a rich heritage. The goal of the DAR is to promote historical preservation, national patriotism, and education. Genealogy defines who we are and gives our lives greater meaning and purpose as we trace our ancestry by legal proofs back to a patriot serving in the American Revolution. By preserving the past, we are securing our future through affirming that as they lived, so do we, for our future generations. As you discover more about your ancestry, you enrich your own life and continue a legacy that can be passed on to your children and grandchildren.
The President General for the NSDAR is Merry Ann Thompson Wright. Her theme is "Preserve the Past, Enhance the Present, Invest in Future," and her scriptures are: " And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love." (1 Corinthians 13:13) also "...and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God." (Micah 6:8)
Missouri State Regent is Donna Nash. State theme: "Catch the Glow. . Missouri Daughters light the world through historic preservation, education, and patriotism;" State Scripture:"Let your light so shine before others that they may see your good works and glorify their Father who in heaven." (Matthew 5:16)
State Motto:"A smile is God's gentle light."
Visit the Missouri State Society Daughters of the American Revolution web site.
Chapter Programs and Activities
Through our regular programs and activities, Poplar Bluff chapter supports historic preservation, education, and patriotism. The chapter regularly donates books of historical and genealogical significance to the Poplar Bluff Library. In 2009, we donated the DAR publication "Forgotten Patriots."
We also strive to present programs of historical interest such as Claude Damewood 's presentation of his uncle Wistar Worthington's memoirs as a WWII prisoner of war. Mr. Damewood is pictured with Worthington's book and map (Pictured right, Charlotte Gholson, Pat Damewood, Brenda Yarbro, Claude Damewood, Katie Findlay, June Allen, and Betty Beaird.) Displayed in the photo is a map of the Prisoner of War camps in China and the Pacific during WWII. Mr. Damewood holds the book, Hell and Beyond--Diary of a POW: Memoirs of Wistar Worthington.
Mark Faughn, local reenactor, recites Paul Revere's deposition to the Massachusetts Provincial Congress. He reviewed Revere's accomplishments as an artisan, entrepreneur and patriot. Mr. Faughn also gave descriptions of methods of military intelligence used in the American Revolution.
When a flag becomes unserviceable and needs to be retired, Poplar Bluff Daughters provide a ceremony where the emblem of our country is respectfully retired. The Poplar Bluff Chapter performs two flag retirement ceremonies each year at the request of the Corps of Engineers at Lake Wappapello, where unserviceable flags may be appropriately disposed of. They are held on Armed Forces Day (in June, near Flag Day) at the Lake Wappapello Bill Emerson Memorial Visitor's Center, and at the Old Greenville Days at the Old Greenville Historic Site, south of Greenville, Mo., on the third Saturday in September.
We also provide Official Flag Codes of the United States (obtained from the DAR printing service) for distribution. Contact us on how to obtain a US Flag code or to have us retire your flag.
At left, Pat Libla adds a stripe to the flame, assisted by Margaret Shackleford and chapter historian Genevieve Sudbury. In this flag retirement ceremony, as the name of each of the original 13 states is called, along with the date that state ratified the Constitution, chapter Daughters step forward and recite the names of their patriot ancestors who served from that state.
On July 4th, 2010, the Poplar Bluff chapter participated in "Heritage of Freedom." Darlene McNeelis, Vice Regent, shown right, at the butter churn. She was a crowd-favorite! Corresponding Secretary June Allen (far right) works on 13-star "Betsy Ross" flag.
Each month, chapter VAVS members provide the Veterans at the Pershing Hospital a birthday cake and cards. Our VAVS Volunteers were honored for their work at the John J. Pershing Veteran Administration Hospital in Poplar Bluff.
The Poplar Bluff Chapter provides opportunities for area students to participate in the NSDAR contests and honors.
Do you have a Revolutionary War patriot? We invite you to visit our chapter and learn more about DAR. Contact us for additional information.