Alexander McNair DAR is on the march

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Two new members inducted

The Alexander McNair Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution is on the march in Monett.

The fall meeting, held Sept. 17 at the First United Methodist Church, began with the induction of two new members, Maella Blalock, of Monett, and Cheryl Schad, of Purdy.

Anita Philbrick, an associate member of the chapter, recently attended the 127th Continental Congress, held June 20-24 in Washington D.C. Her presentation of the amazing sites she visited, events, tours, and celebrations of American spirit inspired the attending members to attend future Congresses. She described the patriotism and pride as her favorite part of the event.

Evening events were all dedicated to past and current heroes of our country. During Celebrating Service to America night, students and educators were honored for their passion and amazing work about our country and its history.

The final night, National Defense Night, saw over 3,800 patriots and guests standing in the auditorium singing the National Anthem, enjoying concerts of patriotic music, and the presentation of awards to such military heroes as Vice Admiral Nora Tyson, USN Retired, the first woman to lead a U.S. Navy ship fleet when she was installed as commander of the Navy’s Third Fleet in 2015. She was honored with the Margaret Cochran Corbin Award, named after the first woman patriot who manned a cannon in the Revolutionary War after her husband died, and the first woman granted veterans benefit status. Vice Admiral Tyson was also the first female commander of a U.S. Navy Carrier Strike Group, receiving her Navy wings of Gold at the Pensacola Naval Air Station.

The Monett Chapter of DAR is named after the first governor of Missouri, Alexander McNair, who served from 1820-1824. The objectives of the chapter are to perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved American independence, to promote development of an enlightened public opinion, and to foster patriotic citizenship.

Guests and interested members are welcomed to attend the next meeting 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the First United Methodist Church in Monett.