The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution held its 127th conference “Continental Congress” at national headquarters in Washington, D. C. June 18 – 25. The St. Joseph Bay Chapter Regent, Sherrill Russ, attended with her husband, Preston Russ (Vietnam Veteran) and two granddaughters, Elliana and Sadie Burkett. There were over 3,200 members attending representing a membership of over 185,000. NSDAR was founded in 1890 and in 1895, purchased a city block in Washington, D.C. diagonally from the rear of the White House. The NSDAR now has three connecting buildings on their property. There are chapters in all 50 states, DC and 13 countries around the world. Each member is a direct descendant of a Revolutionary War patriot who fought for our country’s independence.
Each of the evening events began with a musical performance from a military band: the U.S. Navy Band, the U. S. Air Force Band and the U. S. Marine Band. Among the key note speakers were Lynn Novick, award winning Documentary Filmmaker, on Wednesday evening.
On Saturday evening the key note speaker was Rear Admiral Joseph M. Vojvodich, Deputy for Mission Support of the U. S. Coast Guard. The same evening awards were given to previous Commander of the 7th Fleet- Vice Admiral Nora W. Tyson, U. S. Navy (retired), for Distinguished Women in Military Service 2018; Colonel Traci E. Crawford, U. S. Army Nurse Corps, for Army Nurse of the Year 2018; DAR Medal of Honor awarded to Nimrod Frazer of Montgomery, Ala.; Brigadier General Lapthe Flora, Virginia National Guard, was awarded the Americanism Award; Staff Sgt. Earl Granville, U. S. Army (retired), awarded the National Outstanding Veteran Volunteer for 2018; McKinley Cameron for National Outstanding Youth Volunteer 2018 and Ann Elizabeth Little Jones for National Outstanding DAR Service for Veterans Award for 2018. Many military personnel were in attendance, which included veterans from the Vietnam War to the present, were recognized and honored.