What IS the William Byrd Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution?
The William Byrd Chapter, named for Colonel William Byrd II, was founded in 1917. For more than one hundred years, the William Byrd Chapter has been involved in projects that support veterans, that teach children about our country's rich history, and that help preserve historical sites - all so that future generations can understand and appreciate and cherish our country. Founded just as the United States entered World War I, members worked to support the war effort by caring for war orphans and collecting war supplies In 1928, the chapter became the caretakers of the Madison Cemetery at Montpelier and later placed a bronze plaque on the cemetery wall on the 100th anniversary of Madison's death. During World War II, members' efforts included sending more seed packages to the War Services Gardens Overseas than any other chapter in the United States. Flourishing and remaining strong for decades, the chapter moved into the twenty-first century with the same zeal and enthusiasm that motivated its founders. Members continued their service to veterans, sponsored patriotic organizations for school children, and contributed to the John Marshall House by placing a bench in the garden, to name only a few of the many projects in which the chapter participated. William Byrd continues to march forward in service to our country.
William Byrd 2022-2023 Schedule
November 11: Veterans' Day
Remember our veterans at services around our community. Join members of our chapter and many other patriotic citizens on THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, to place AMERICAN flags on every grave in the Virginia Veterans Cemetery at Amelia,103000 Pridesville Road, Amelia Court House, VA. Friends and family members will gather from 8:00 on and place flags until every veteran is honored with an American flag.
November 29: The World at War 1941-1945
Our presenter will share the poignant story, through letters, of her parents' courtship during the dark days of WWII as one was stationed in Europe and one in the Pacific. We invite others to bring accounts of their own loved ones' experiences during that conflict.
Lunch: Box lunches from Sugar and Twine, Cary Street, $10 per person
December 4: "You are invited to tea!"
Our associated William Byrd Children of the American Revolution Society will host our chapter for tea! Check back for time and location and specific opportunity to contribute.
And this is just 2022! The William Byrd's main focus is SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITY, and that means both our local and far flung communities. Check out our "Chapter Info" tab for dates and program information for 2023. We can't possibly put everything that we do into our website. You'll have to come and check us out - at a meeting, at a field trip, at a volunteer opportunity.
Hindman Settlement School Hit Hard by August Flooding
The Hindman Settlement School, since its founding in 1902 in eastern Kentucky, today offers educational and service programs that address the critical needs of youth and families while promoting the rich traditional arts of Appalachia. In early August, unprecedented flooding in the area left Hindman School and much of the area around it devastated. Three weeks after the flooding, drinking water was still unavailable. In September, our chapter collected over $400 in monetary donations to help with recovery efforts for the Hindman School community.
Why Have a DAY OF SERVICE?
- Because "Daughters of the American Revolution" is first of all a service organization...
- Because others have given, and continue to give, so much to each of us...
- Because it gives us a chance to show our love for our country and its citizens...
- Because it's the RIGHT THING TO DO!
Ruth Stricker Good passed away on October 8, 2022. Ruth joined the William Byrd Chapter, NSDAR at the age of 100! To read more about this remarkable woman, click here.
A Very Special Thank You
If you've ever wondered about the impact of a DAR project then CLICK HERE. What you read will touch your heart!
A SNIPPET FROM OUR HISTORY
Did you know that the William Byrd Chapter, NSDAR was responsible, for over FIFTY years, for the care and upkeep of the Madison family cemetery at Montpelior, where James and Dolly Madison are buried!
Site last updated: SEPTEMBER 30th, 2022
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