Daughters of the American Revolution

A Veterans Day celebration will be held at the flagpole pavilion in the east parking lot in Sun Lakes Country Club at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11. Following the commemoration, a complimentary lunch will be provided by Sun Lakes HOA1. Everyone is invited. Please plan to attend this opportunity to honor our veterans.

Also on Nov. 11, Gila Butte will host a Treasure Hunt/Garage Sale from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at 10513 E. Silvertree Drive, in Sun Lakes. There will be lots of “treasures,” including jewelry, small appliances, home décor, books, linens, and small furniture. Look for the signs in Cottonwood Palo Verde.

The chapter will again participate in Wreaths Across America on Dec. 16 at Valley of the Sun Cemetery when wreaths will be placed on veterans’ graves. Anyone can donate towards the purchase of the wreaths by filling out a sponsorship form at wreathsacrossamerica.org/AZ0104P or by sending the funds to Rebecca Donatelli at 2685 E. Elmwood Place, Chandler, AZ 85249. Money must be received by Nov. 24. Each wreath costs $17, but donations of any amount are appreciated.

Oct. 11, the anniversary of the founding of our organization, is celebrated by members nationwide each year as DAR’s National Day of Service. Gila Butte members participated by visiting the Robson Reserve/Renaissance Memory Care Center with a sing-along to some favorite familiar oldies, patriotic songs, and silly songs. A song sheet and background music kept everyone on track. After the singing, residents were each given a fidget quilt.

The chapter’s monthly meeting will be on Nov. 15 in Cottonwood. The program will be presented by Grounded No More, a local group that has taken over 500 veterans on free flights in vintage aircraft. This is the organization that took Navy veteran, Pearl Harbor survivor, and Sun Lakes resident Jack Holder on a flight over the Superstition Mountains for his 100th birthday. They even let him take over the controls for a while. Recently, Grounded No More has also begun taking Gold Star families on flights.

Meetings are open to the public. If you would like to attend or if you are interested in joining DAR, contact Pennie at [email protected] for more information.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is a nonprofit, charitable organization, founded in 1890 and incorporated by an act of the United States Congress in 1896. Membership in the society is open to any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution. The DAR functions as a volunteer service organization and is dedicated to patriotism, education, and historic preservation. While DAR supports a strong national defense, it is not a political organization, nor does it lobby. Its membership includes women from Republican, Democratic, and independent political parties; women from all races and ethnic backgrounds; and women from ages 18 to 100-plus. The society does not subscribe to any particular religion, nor does it discriminate against any members who are of various religious beliefs.