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Promoting Historic Preservation, Education, and Patriotism

Piestewa Peak Chapter, NSDAR, strives to fulfill the objectives of the Daughters of the American Revolution in the areas of historic preservation, education, and patriotism. Each year, we choose service projects our chapter members can perform together or separately. We also attend patriotic events and encourage our members to perform community service.

 

With many service-oriented opportunities in DAR, our members can find meaningful activities to choose from that further these objectives. If you are interested in joining us or learning more about DAR membership,  contact us for information on our meeting dates and location.

DAR Service to Historic Preservation

Our chapter supports efforts to preserve our history through activities such as:

  • Providing financial support to Pioneers’ Cemetery Association projects for the Pioneer and Military Memorial Park. Projects include the planting of trees, installation of benches, painting of the Smurthwaite House, cemetery clean up, and laying of brick pathways.
  • Preserving our beautiful heritage of the Southwest by picking up trash and doing road cleanup in Scottsdale
  • Actively seeking new projects to support that preserve American history

DAR Service to Education

Our chapter supports education for local and DAR sponsored schools. Our past and present activities include:

  • Working with our partner school, Kenilworth School in Phoenix, to provide grant money and bulletin boards for civic learning.
  • Providing cards and gifts to foster children at the Crossnore School in North Carolina
  • Providing art supplies for the Hindman Settlement School in Kentucky
  • Collecting box tops for DAR schools
  • Participating in Constitution Week
  • Supporting local classrooms through financial donations, donations of books, and other classroom supplies
  • Actively participating in literacy programs at local libraries, schools, and nonprofit organizations
  • Reading to children
  • Engaging with schools to support candidates for the DAR Outstanding Teacher of American History contest
  • Supporting local Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp (JROTC) programs
  • Providing speakers for local history classrooms
  • Inviting teachers to present at chapter meetings on topics such as the Veterans Heritage Project
  • Providing patriotic bookmarks and flags to children

Patriotism

Our chapter supports our troops, both veterans as well as active military personnel. Our past and present activities include:

  • Placing wreaths at the National Cemetery of Arizona on National Wreaths Across America Day each December
  • Participating in Veterans Day parades
  • Visiting veterans’ facilities and sending cards to local veterans, active service members, and first responders
  • Memorial Day activities include placing flags at the headstones in the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona and participating in the service at Pioneer and Military Memorial Park
  • Participating in roadside cleanup around the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona and adopting a road in Scottsdale
  • Providing support to military families in Arizona, sending care packages to military families stationed overseas, and supporting Veterans First, Ltd.
  • Volunteering at the annual Lori Piestewa Memorial Sunrise Service at the base of Piestewa Peak in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve
  • Supporting the Buffalo Soldiers Arizona Territory Monument at Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza, Phoenix
  • Supporting many local charities through volunteering and donations of goods and services

 

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