Destin resident attended DAR Continental Congress

Special to The Log

The nation’s capital welcomed more than 3,500 members of one of its foremost service organizations this week with the arrival of the Daughters of the American Revolution for their 123rd annual Continental Congress. Attending Congress was Regent Cynthia Wilson of Destin, Fla., a member of the West Florida Chapter in Destin.

While at Congress, Cynthia Wilson attended the Heritage Club Tea, opening night festivities, multiple business sessions and forums, as well as Educational Awards night, Celebrate America night, and National Defense night. 

Highlights of the week-long event will include welcoming respected keynote speakers and award winners during the gala evening ceremonies. The keynote speaker for the Opening Night Ceremony was author and historian, Alexander Rose, who discussed his book, “Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring,” and the ordinary people who did extraordinary things to help secure American independence. The ceremony also welcomed executives from AMC’s television show, TURN, who were presented with the DAR Media and Entertainment Award. The DAR Medal of Honor was presented to historian and well-known battlefield tour guide, Ed Bearss.

On National Defense Night, our nation’s military personnel and veterans were honored.

“It's inspiring to see more than 3,500 members travel to Washington to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year to honor our heritage, focus on the future and celebrate America,” said Lynn F. Young, president general. “Attendees show great enthusiasm to participate in forums during the conference to enhance their work of promoting historic preservation, education and patriotism back in their communities. The reports given at our Continental Congress make it clear that the DAR is playing an important role in cities and towns across America.”

The DAR Continental Congress is a time-honored tradition that has been held in Washington, D.C. as the annual national meeting of the membership 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.