2020-2021

Please feel free to contact us if you are interested in attending any of our events!

MONTHLY PROGRAMS

September 12, 2020—First meeting of the season. Program will be our regular meeting to discuss goals we would like to achieve.

October 10, 2020—History of Patriot Ensign Henry Stevens. Each meeting this year, a DAR sister will present the history of her patriot.

November 14, 2020—DAR Service for Veterans.  Veteran Recognition – bring toiletries and sundry items to assemble gift bags and deliver to veterans at Walter Reed Convalescent Center in Gloucester. Alternately, wreaths may be made and laid on veteran graves at a select cemetery.

December 12, 2020—Christmas luncheon.

January 9, 2021—Annual business and planning to complete the Chapter Master Report, presentation of committee reports and fundraiser planning.

February 13, 2021—George Washington’s Birthday Luncheon.

March 13, 2021—Virginia State Conference. In lieu of a regular meeting, we encourage all members to attend.

April 10, 2020—Annual field trip, TBD.

May 9, 2021—Colonial Foods.  Presentation about colonial era foods by Winona Pearson.

ANNUAL EVENTS

Daffodil Festival—Our chapter enjoys participating in the annual Daffodil Festival in Gloucester, VA, early in the spring, where members volunteer to hand out literature and answer any questions people may have about the DAR.

Flag Day, June 14—Celebrate to honor the United States flag and to commemorate the flag’s adoption. On the same day, the United States Army celebrates its birthday.

Constitution Week, September 17 – 23. The 17th is Constitution Day—This is the commemoration of America’s most important document. Constitution Day was signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on August 2, 1956.

*Emphasizes citizen’s responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution.
*To inform people that the Constitution is the basis for America’s great heritage and foundation for our way of life.
*To encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.

DAR Birthday, October 11—DAR’s 129th birthday and National DAR Day of Service.

Yorktown Day, October 19—Members are encouraged to participate in this historic commemoration and wreath-laying ceremony during the Yorktown Day celebration.

Abingdon Episcopal Church Christmas Ornament – $25
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Abingdon Episcopal Church was founded approximately 1650.  The present church was completed in 1755, serving the spiritual needs of Revolutionary patriots and the new United States.  This unique ornament was specially commissioned by the Augustine Warner Chapter and comes in a black velvet lined box.  Proceeds support the work of the Augustine Warner Chapter NSDAR and help preserve Abingdon Episcopal Church.

Fife demonstration, photo by Della Garrett

The Gloucester Museum of History hosted “Fire, Smoke & Muskets: Gloucester 1781” where re-enactors and history devotees celebrated the events of 1781 which took place in Gloucester, during the Battles of the Hook (Gloucester) and Yorktown (York).

Re-enactor portraying patriot spy James Armistead Lafayette. Photo by Della Garrett.
18th century American foods demonstration. Photo by Della Garrett.
At camp with General Lafayette. Photo by Della Garrett.
DAR President General VanBuren with the French delegation at the Yorktown Victory Monument 2020.
Photo by Della Garrett.

VICTORY!!

Yorktown Days is an annual celebration, on October 19th, of the American victory at the Battle of Yorktown when Lieutenant General Lord Cornwallis surrendered British forces to General George Washington via the articles of capitulation signed on October 19, 1781. Both American and French patriots for Independence are honored every year.

DAR President General VanBuren with DAR Augustine Warner Chapter Regent Della Garrett.
Yorktown Victory Monument (post-ceremony). Photo by Della Garrett.