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Recapping the Highlights: A Review of 2023's DAR Events and Activities

Wreaths Across America Ceremony

Washington Crossing Historic Park - Revolutionary Graves

December 16, 2023

Honoring the Brave: A Heartfelt Recap of our Wreaths Across America Ceremony at Washington Crossing Historic Park - Revolutionary War Graves

Today, our community came together in a powerful display of remembrance and gratitude at the Wreaths Across America Ceremony held at the Washington Crossing Historic Park. The atmosphere was filled with reverence as we gathered to honor the heroes who sacrificed so much during the Revolutionary War.

The ceremony was nothing short of touching, with wreaths laid in solemn tribute to those who fought for our freedom. Each wreath represented a story, a sacrifice, and a legacy that lives on in the pages of history.

A heartfelt thank you goes out to all the dedicated volunteers who joined us on this special day. Your presence and commitment made the event even more meaningful. Together, we not only adorned the graves with wreaths but also symbolized our collective gratitude for the selfless service of those who came before us.

To every volunteer who took the time to be a part of this poignant ceremony, and to those who helped lay wreaths, your contribution did not go unnoticed. Your support ensures that the memory of these heroes endures, and their sacrifices are never forgotten.

Let us carry the spirit of remembrance and gratitude forward, honoring our past as we strive for a better future.

Holiday Luncheon

December 9, 2023

✨What an incredible luncheon today for our Chapter! 🍽✨With the 250th Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party this month, we were able to celebrate it in our own way. A massive shoutout to the amazing Krysti Buchanan for orchestrating a fabulous event that left us all in awe! 🙌🏻 From the delightful ambiance to the scrumptious spread, every detail was perfection. 🎉. Thank you, Krysti, for your dedication and hard work in making today so memorable. Here’s to creating more wonderful memories together as a chapter! ✨

Gratitude Overflow!  A heartfelt THANK YOU to all our incredible members for the overwhelming support in today’s raffle basket fundraiser! Your generosity shone through, by brining in beautifully made donated baskets to the excitement around who won. Together we raised an amazing $1,011 for the African-American Museum!  Your commitment to making a positive impact is truly amazing. Let’s continue to unite and uplift our community.

Bringing the Holiday Spirit to

Washington Crossing Historic Park!

The Washington Crossing Chapter was busy decorating the Christmas Tree and crafting festive swags and wreaths to adorn the heart of history! We were decking the halls of Washington Crossing Historic Park with handmade creations that celebrate the season and our rich heritage.

Our dedicated members and park staff are putting their creativity to work, infusing each swag and wreath with the spirit of unity and tradition. Come out and see the magical display that beautifully combines the essence of the holidays with the charm of our historic surroundings.

Get ready to be enchanted by the warmth of community and the timeless beauty of our park dressed in holiday splendor.

Heartfelt thank you to all of the ladies who came today to make the wreaths and swags and helped hang them around the park.

Tea with Female Veterans

Delaware Valley Veterans Home - Philadelphia

October 12, 2023

Our chapter members came together for a heartwarming event, sharing tea and crafts with the incredible female veterans at the Delaware Valley Veterans Home. It was amazing to know that only 10 females are located at the Veterans Home amongst 150 residents.  These women were either veterans themselves or a spouse to a veteran.  It was filled with creativity and learning about these incredible women.  Building these connections and bringing smiles to their faces was a rewarding experience, and we look forward to many more opportunities to show our appreciation and support for those who have sacrificed so much for our nation.

Unaccompanied Veterans Funerals - Washington Crossing National Cemetery

January thru October 2023

Our chapter remains dedicated to our mission of ensuring that no veteran takes their final journey alone. Throughout the year, we have been deeply honored to attend unattended veteran funerals, paying our respects, and honoring these brave men and women for their selfless service. It's a small but powerful gesture, a way to say 'thank you' for their sacrifices and to provide a dignified farewell. We firmly believe that every veteran deserves to be surrounded by gratitude and respect as they take their last steps, and we are committed to ensuring they are never forgotten.

PSSDAR Fall Meeting

September 22 - 23, 2023

Members attended the Fall Meeting in Harrisburg, PA

  • The chapter was honored to receive a certificate in honor of 100% participation in the President General's Project.

  • Johanna Troy was honored for being a nurse and presented with a Thank you from DAR and a pin.

SE District Meeting and Workshop

August 26, 2023

Members of the Washington Crossing DAR attended the SE District meeting at the William Penn Inn. It was a beautiful event hosted by PSSDAR SE District Director Lory Fraraccio-Kenney. Our Chapter donated the Red White & Bloom basket supporting our PSSDAR Daisy theme thanks to Johanna and Jen for organizing it. A great time was had by all 🌸

Naturalization at Pennsbury Manor

July 20, 2023

Washington Crossing Chapter, NSDAR witnessed a truly remarkable and heartwarming event as 43 incredible individuals from 26 diverse countries took a significant step towards embracing their new home and becoming United States citizens! The naturalization ceremony held at Pennsbury Manor was a testament to the values that make America so special: unity, diversity, and the pursuit of a better life. As we welcomed these new citizens into our nation's fold, we were reminded once again that our strength lies in our rich tapestry of cultures and backgrounds. Each immigrant brought their unique story and dreams to this ceremony, and together, they have enriched the fabric of our society. 🌟Let us celebrate their perseverance, hard work, and commitment to contributing to the growth and success of this great nation. Today, we stand proudly united, knowing that our country's greatness stems from the collective efforts of individuals who believe in the American dream and the promise of a brighter future. 🗽Join us in congratulating our newest citizens and embracing them as part of our extended family! 🤝

Continental Congress

June 2023

A delegation of esteemed members from the Washington Crossing Chapter recently had the honor of participating in the prestigious Continental Congress. Their presence at this significant event not only showcases their dedication to preserving our nation's history and heritage but also signifies the chapter's commitment to upholding the values and ideals that our founders cherished. As they shared their insights, connected with fellow patriots, and contributed to shaping the future of our organization, these chapter representatives exemplified the spirit of unity and patriotism that defines the Washington Crossing Chapter. 🏛️ #ContinentalCongress2023 #DARChapterPride #PreservingHeritage

Spring Luncheon

May 20, 2023

Amidst the blossoming beauty of spring, the Washington Crossing Chapter hosted a delightful luncheon at the Northampton Valley Country Club. This gathering was a cherished moment where chapter members came together to celebrate camaraderie, share stories, and enjoy the company of fellow history enthusiasts. With the serene backdrop of the country club and the spirit of unity in the air, this luncheon embodied the essence of our chapter's commitment to preserving the past while nurturing present connections. 🌸🍃#SpringLuncheon #ChapterBonding #PreservingHistory

Washington Crossing Chapter honored for Volunteerism at Washington Crossing Historic Park 

April 28, 2023

With National Volunteer Month coming to a close, we'd like to thank the Washington Crossing Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution for their outstanding long-term service to the park.

Over the past nine years, the park’s partnership with the Washington Crossing Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution has produced multiple successful programs. These include the annual Christmas tree decoration in the Visitor Center and support for the park’s annual Memorial Day event, for the flagpole replacement at the soldiers’ graves, and in obtaining a grant from the national DAR, amongst many others. “The Washington Crossing Chapter is honored to receive this award for our contributions to the park’s mission and goals. Our Chapter members began volunteering at the park because of their passion for history and the desire to help preserve and educate others about important events and figures from the past. For our members, volunteering at the park is a rewarding and fulfilling experience. One of those members, Judi Biederman, has been awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award from the park and her passion has ignited interest and engagement from many other members," says Hope Bailey, Regent, Washington Crossing Chapter DAR.

PSSDAR State Conference

April 27 - 29 2023

The 126th State Conference of the Pennsylvania State Society was held on April 27-29, 2023, at the Lancaster Wyndham Resort and Conference Center in Lancaster, PA.  Several chapter members were able to attend.

JROTC Bronze Medal Award

April 26, 2023

Award Recipient: 

C/Mallak Elenany

Pennsbury High School

Air Force Junior ROTC

Naturalization - Washington Crossing Historic Park

April 21, 2023

Washington Crossing Chapter Members were able to attend the U.S. citizenship naturalization ceremony today at Washington Crossing Historic Park. We were proud to welcome 28 new citizens from 18 countries with cookies, American flag pins, and Pledge of Allegiance cards. And we were very proud that our own State Representative Perry Warren was the keynote speaker. Also attending but not shown: Sally Osbeck, Laurie Hagan, Marilyn Konicky, Parker Cohen, Sandra Palmer.

DAR Excellence in Community Service Award

April 15, 2023

Alexandra Scott, a New Hope-Solebury High School senior and recipient of the DAR Excellence in Community Service Award earlier today, created a wonderful geocaching project to highlight historical sites around Bucks County as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award.

From her website...

"Looking back at the 7 years I have lived here in Bucks County, I would consider myself lucky to have grown up in such a serene and historic area. Although I didn't know any better back then, I now realize how rare it is to say that you grew up mere miles from where George Washington and the Continental Army crossed the Delaware River. As society progresses and technology continues to play an all-consuming role in our daily lives, I wanted to make sure that people, especially children, can remain connected to nature and the outdoors while simultaneously learning about the historical roots of where they live. I wanted to take advantage of Bucks County's immense history and incorporate that into geocaching. I hope that my project can serve as a gentle reminder for us all to continue to honor and acknowledge our country's rich past as we move forward into the future."

Congratulations, Alexandra!

C.A.R. Awards

April 15, 2023

Wreaths Across America Cleanup Day

January 16, 2023

The Washington Crossing Chapter is proud to announce our participation in the Wreaths Across America Cleanup Day at the Washington Crossing National Cemetery. As staunch advocates of honoring our veterans and preserving our nation's history, our chapter members are eager to dedicate their time and effort to ensure the final resting place of our heroes remains pristine and dignified. By joining hands with the community on this cleanup day, we continue the legacy of unity and gratitude that binds us all. Together, we pay our respects and give back to those who have given so much for us. 🌲🇺🇸 #WreathsAcrossAmerica #HonoringVeterans #CommunityUnity

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