Photo Courtesy Jimmy Haire Photography


Activities

Banner Photo
Photo Courtesy Judy Knight   
Members display the chapter
banner in front of the Private
John Grady monument.

The Private John Grady Chapter NSDAR supports our community and participates in many activities in keeping with the National Society’s objectives of historic preservation, education and patriotism.

To remember and honor our patriots, chapter members participate in memorial services and wreath–laying ceremonies at the Alston House in the Horseshoe and at Moores Creek Bridge Battleground where the Private John Grady monument is located. We also distribute handmade thank–you items to all our veterans on Veterans Day in Sanford area nursing and retirement homes.

Constitution Week Photo
Photo Courtesy Susan Daniel

Constitution Week is the commemoration of America’s most important document. It is celebrated annually during the week of September 17–23. Our chapter created a display at the Lee County Library to inform people that the Constitution is the basis for America’s great heritage and the foundation for our way of life. Constitution Week is a great time to learn more about this important document and celebrate the freedoms it gave us.

Spelling Bee Photo Photo
Photo Courtesy Susan Daniel

To support literacy in Lee County, chapter members enjoy participating in the annual “Beginning Life With Books” spelling bee to help provide books for newborns. As a result of this program, each newborn in Lee County goes home with a “Good Night Moon” book.

To support education, our chapter sponsors the American History Essay Contest to promote American history in grades 5, 6, 7, and 8 at all our local schools. In addition, we sponsor the DAR Good Citizens program and Scholarship Contest that is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship in high school seniors.

School Bus Photo
Photo Courtesy Ann Yamrus

Our special school bus at each meeting has become a visual to help us remember the DAR Schools. Our members faithfully collect specific items for the schools’ projects, and we support their arts and crafts programs and other needs.

Our chapter also hosted a fun “Patriot Day Celebration” to recognize the local Alston House’s significance for our community and its needs. The staff of the House in the Horseshoe came in full period dress for an evening of fun and education.

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