Gila Butte Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 2002 by 25 women, and membership has nearly tripled since then.

October is the month National Society DAR celebrates its founding in 1890, and the chapter is planning a special program this month. At "Gila Butte Patriots Day," chapter patriots will be remembered in a ceremony to include patriotic memorials and tributes. The keynote speaker is Col. James Hecker,

Nationally, Daughters of the American Revolution supports and contributes to such widely varied preservation efforts as the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC; Women in Military Service Memorial in Arlington, Va.; Valley Forge Memorial Bell Tower in Pennsylvania; and the U. S. Capitol Building, where original works of art commissioned by DAR adorn the walls and ceiling. In Springerville, Ariz., a DAR "Madonna of the Trail" rises majestically where the old National Road intersects the Coronado Trail.

Gila Butte DAR meets on the third Wednesday October through May (Oct. 20) in Sun Lakes and draws members from East Valley communities. DAR provides many service opportunities in support of its goals of preserving history and historic places, supporting education and promoting patriotism. The Chapter is happy to offer advice to prospective members.

If you believe you are directly descended from a Patriot of the American Revolution and want to preserve your country's history and historic places, call (480) 802-5767 or visit gilabuttedar.org.

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