Dec
1
10:30 AM10:30

December Monthly Meeting

This month we are thrilled to welcome another fantastic guest speaker, author Sandy Grimes. Sandy will be discussing her book, Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed.

Social begins at 10:30 am.

Business meeting begins at 11:00 am.

Light refreshments will be provided.

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Dec
5
5:30 PM17:30

17th Annual DAR Christmas Open House

Bring your friends and family to the annual public holiday open house!

Free to the public. Reservations are not required.

In the spirit of the giving season, help us to help those less fortunate. Visitors are encouraged to bring new and lightly used children's books to donate to our DAR Open House book drive.

  • Visit the National Christmas Tree across the street at the Ellipse then get out of the cold and join us for refreshments, cookies and a taste of history

  • Experience the elegance and Christmas splendor of Memorial Continental Hall, a Registered Historic Landmark

  • Tour our 31 period rooms depicting scenes of early American life, including some which will be decorated in historic holiday settings

  • Visit the Americana Collection to see their special exhibit Women of Resilience: DAR Service in World War I

  • View other smaller exhibitions on historic Revolutionary War documents as well as famous DAR members

  • Enjoy Christmas music, including caroling from area choirs

  • Have a chance to win DAR door prizes

  • Get a head start on Christmas shopping at the Museum Shop and DAR Store

Santa is taking time out of his busy schedule to attend the Open House. Coloring books and crayons will be given out to children.

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Dec
15
8:00 AM08:00

Wreaths Across America

Join us in honoring our fallen warriors at Arlington Memorial Cemetery. Wreaths Across America’s mission of to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 1,400 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad.

Donna Gough will be coordinating the efforts for Freedom Hill. Please contact Donna Gough if you are interested in participating: vagoughs@me.com.

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Nov
10
12:30 PM12:30

Application Helper's Workshop

Chapter Registrar Wendy Stark is hosting a workshop at 12:30am at Dolley Madison Library for chapter members interested in helping prospective members with applications. She is leading the session with the amazing Michelle Fontaine, past Chapter Regent.

Please email Wendy at westark520@gmail.com if you are interested or have questions.

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Nov
10
10:30 AM10:30

Visit to Wren-Darne Cemetery

Please join Freedom Hill members in presenting Pete Greene with the Historic Preservation Recognition Award for his outstanding efforts to preserve the historic Wren-Darne cemetery.

The cemetery was established in the 1700s. Family members buried there include Colonel James Wren, a Revolutionary War patriot whose service includes serving in the Fairfax County Militia, as a Commissioner, and giving supplies to the army; and veterans of the War of 1812 and Civil War.

In the mid-1900s, the cemetery fell into disrepair, with ivy, weeds and garbage allowed to take over. Pete lived next to the overgrown plot for many years. Once he discovered it was a cemetery, he became set on purchasing it because he felt this treatment of a cemetery was disrespectful. He approached the owner and, after years of negotiating, purchased it in 2012 at his own expense. He has worked tirelessly to restore the cemetery. Further, he has brought together members of the community in his mission - neighbors, school groups, local businesses, Scout troops, and our chapter.

The members of Freedom Hill placed a marker at the cemetery this past July in honor of Colonel Wren. Please email bvboswell@gmail.com if you would like to join and recognize Pete’s amazing efforts.

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Nov
3
10:30 AM10:30

November Monthly Meeting

  • Trinity United Methodist Church (map)
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This month we have an exciting guest speaker: author Marc Leepson will talk about his book, Ballad of the Green Beret: The Life and Wars of Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler.

Social begins at 10:30 am.

Business meeting begins at 11:00 am.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Please note: because of the election, we will not be meeting at McLean Government Center this month. We will meet at Trinity United Methodist Church (see address at left).

Please remember to gather your extra holiday cards and bring them to the November Chapter Meeting, along with ribbon and stamps to donate. We will bundle the cards with stamped envelopes in packs of three and donate to Holiday Cards for Heroes. The cards are given to members of the Armed Services at Walter Reed or Fort Belvoir Community Hospital or to veterans being served by the VA who are unable to purchase cards to send to family and friends.

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Oct
20
7:30 AM07:30

Honor Flight, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (map)
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Join us in welcoming veterans to Washington, D.C., as they come to visit the war memorial commemorating their service to our country.

You will need to sign up in advance to greet the American Airlines flights at 8 am and 9 am coming from Ft Myers, FL and Indianapolis, IN at www.honorflightdca.com.

Please notify Linda Abravanel if you plan to attend.

For more information, please write to Linda Abravanel at lindasabravanel@verizon.net.

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Oct
11
8:00 AM08:00

National DAR Day of Service

DAR members celebrate the National DAR Day of Service each year on the anniversary of the organization’s founding. DAR was founded on the ideals of service, and members have been dedicated to giving back to their communities through volunteer initiatives ever since.

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Oct
6
7:30 AM07:30

Annual Pilgrimage to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

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Join us for a fun and exciting trip to Yorktown, Virginia where we will visit the American Revolution Museum.

If you would like to carpool with us, meet at 7:30 a.m. at McLean Government Center, 1437 Balls Hill Road, McLean VA, 22101. We will carpool caravan.

Family members are welcome to join us!

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Sep
16
1:00 PM13:00

Constitution Day Event, Pohick Church

Celebrate Constitution Day on Sunday, 16 September, at Historic Pohick Church at 1:00 p.m. with the president of George Washington Chapter, SAR, and an American Revolution re-enactor, the Rev. Dr. Thomas Costa, as a rector of Pohick Church. Tours of the 1774 church follow.

http://www.virginiasar.org/coming-events/constitution-day-commemoration-pohick-church-lorton-va


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Sep
9
1:30 PM13:30

Pentagon Wreath-Laying Ceremony

Join Pentagon Chapter at a wreath-laying ceremony at the Pentagon Memorial on Sunday, 9 September at 1:30 p.m. Meet at the flagpole at the memorial between 1:00 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. After the ceremony, attendees will place red carnations on the memorial benches to honor those who lost their lives on 9/11. Please let the Pentagon Chapter Regent know if you plan to attend.

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