WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recently held their 118th annual Continental Congress with more than 3,000 members attending. In attendance were Carol MacNeill, regent; Bea Hodgkin;
Karen Paulson; and Beverly Robbins of the Mary Dillingham Chapter, Lewiston, and Deborah Judkins of the Colonial Daughters
Chapter, Farmington.

The week-long convention consisted of business sessions, committee
meetings, social functions and three formal ceremonies at which national DAR award winners are honored. The opening night keynote speaker was Lt. Col. Michael Strobl, the subject and co-writer of the HBO film “Taking Chance,” who shared his experience serving as military escort to bring home the remains of Lance Corporal Chance Phelps, a young soldier killed in Iraq. Strobl also accepted on behalf of HBO Films the National DAR Media Award.

The opening night ceremonies also featured civil rights leader Dorothy Height, who was honored with the DAR Medal of Honor, recognizing her outstanding lifetime achievements in furthering equality and human rights. Dolly Parton received the Founders Medal for Education for her literacy program Imagination Library. The National Defense Night keynote speaker was General Ann Dunwoody, the first woman four star general in U.S. military history. Aaron Tippin received the Founders Medal for Patriotism as well as performed during the National Defense Night ceremony, an evening which honors and celebrates the nation’s service personnel and veterans.

To learn more about the work of today’s DAR, visit www.DAR.org.

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