DAR Celebrates holiday season

Dorcheat-Bistineau Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution met on November 16 at the Webster Parish Library. Refreshments were provided by this month’s hostesses: Eugenia Bridges, Coyle Gorman, and Jessica Gorman. For this month’s program, chapter members shared stories about their ancestors or relatives who served our country. Afterward, we took a moment of silence in remembrance of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. It serves as a reminder of the soldiers who perished during wartime and remain unidentified or missing. All of these soldiers are commemorated with a single tomb, containing the body of one unidentified soldier.

Our chapter’s service project is to provide items to the local women’s prison. Chapter members have been donating bags of new t-shirts, socks and towels to distribute in December.

Dorcheat-Bistineau Chapter met on December 7 at the home of Linda Wood. Lunch was provided by this month’s hostesses:  Nancy Craig, Linda Wood, and Rachel Harrington. Linda gave her guests a tour of her home, built in the 1880s, which has been in her family for 6 generations. Our program was presented by Lauren Kline, the music director at Emmanuel Baptist Church. Lauren led our members in singing traditional Christmas carols. Cindy Madden, our Chapter Vice Regent, made a beautiful Christmas ornament for each member of our chapter. Each clear glass ornament contained a star from a retired American flag, and an attached tag that stated, “I am but one star from a tattered flag. On June 14, 1777, I was one of thirteen. Today there are 50 of us on a field of blue. We have endured through times of battle and peace. Please keep as a reminder of those who served and sacrificed so that I may continue to wave over the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

We are excited to welcome Jennifer Newman as a new member of our chapter! Her patriot ancestor is Elisha Dodson. He was born in 1758 in Halifax Co., VA, and married Rachel Henry. Elisha was a pioneer Baptist preacher who helped establish churches throughout Tennessee. During the Revolution, he served his country by donating and delivering supplies to the army. He died in Maury Co., TN in August 1828.

Any woman 18 years or older who can prove bloodline descent from a patriot of the American Revolution (1775-1783) is eligible to join DAR. Please like our Facebook page: Daughters of the American Revolution – Dorcheat-Bistineau Chapter, and contact us at dorcheat-bistineau@yahoo.com 

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