Celebrating a centennial

Daughters of American Revolution group continues to provide support to veterans

HOWLAND — Restoring and maintaining historical sites and supporting veterans are just a few of the activities the Daughters of the American Revolution said they do as the organization is marking its 100th anniversary.

The Mary Chesney Chapter of National DAR celebrated the 100-year milestone at a recent luncheon at the Chop House in Howland.

The local chapter was established in October 1916 and named by Mrs. H.C. Baldwin in honor of her grandmother, Mary Davidson Chesney. Several members of the family served as soldiers.

Janet Schweitzer, regent for the local chapter, said the anniversary marks a ”wonderful, exciting moment” honoring the memory of organization and its emphasis on patriotism.

DAR, a national patriotic service organization, is dedicated to historic preservation, education, patriotism and honoring patriots of the Revolutionary War.

Patricia Brandes, past regent, said DAR is the largest patriotic women’s service organization in the country.

DAR members locate, restore and mark Revolutionary War patriot gravesites and headstones, place monuments around the world to memorialize people and events throughout American history, restore genelogical records, artifacts and historical documents, support six schools for American Indian children, provide scholarships and funds for outstanding students throughout the country, and support to veterans with care packages, phone cards and volunteer hours at VA hospitals and facilities.

To date for 2016, DAR volunteers have served more than 450,000 hours to their communities. In the past three years nationwide DAR members have put in 1.4 million hours for various service projects, according to the organization.

Guest speaker was retired Trumbull County Common Pleas Probate Judge Thomas Swift. Guests who shared greetings on the anniversary were Sandra McCann, national DAR vice president general; Nancy Wright, Ohio DAR regent; and Regina Watson, Northeast District director.