Cane River Chapter, NSDAR held their meeting on March 8 at St. Augustine Catholic Church Hall and via ZOOM.

The meeting focused around Women’s History Month, Women’s Issues and Women’s Health. In particular, the prevention of heart attack or stroke. Vice Regent Gail Jones provided handouts on how to spot a stroke and signs of a heart attack.

The Chapter was pleased to present Cane River Chapter Member Vera Severin with the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Community Service Award for her many years of outstanding volunteer service outside of DAR. Ms. Severin has contributed countless hours of service in an outstanding manner through voluntary heroic, civic, benevolent service and by organizing and participating in numerous community activities. The Community Service Award provides a unique opportunity for DAR to recognize worthy individuals and organizations for outstanding voluntary service. A DAR chapter may present a limit of two awards per year. NON-DAR members are also eligible to receive this award too.

Some interesting facts discussed at the meeting were, “When Dogs went to War.” March 13 recognizes National K9 Veterans Day and the many dedicated dogs who have served since World War II. Over one million dogs served on both sides during World War I, carrying messages along the complex network and providing emotional support to the soldiers. The most famous dog to emerge from World War I was Rin Tin Tin. Some U. S. soldiers found this abandoned puppy in France in 1918 of German War Dogs. He was brought to the United States where he made his debut in the 1922 silent film, “The Man from Hell’s River.” Rin Tin Tin made the German Shepherd breed famous across the country.

A few dates to remember are National Medal of Honor Day on March 25. All Medal of Honor recipients are recognized on this day. It is awarded only to U.S. military personnel by the President of the United States for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty. This is the highest awarded military honor in the U.S. There are three versions of the Medal of Honor; one for the Army, one for the Navy and one for the Air Force. Marine Corps and Coast Guard recipients receive the Navy version.

National Vietnam War Veterans Day is observed on March 29. This day honors the men and women who at that time served and sacrificed in the longest conflict in American history.

DAR is the largest patriotic women’s service organization in the nation, with more than 190,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters across the United States and in several foreign countries. DAR members promote historic preservation, education and patriotism via commemorative events, scholarships, educational initiatives, citizenship programs, service to both veterans and active duty military.

Become a Member and Share a Bond. DAR members come from a variety of backgrounds and interests, but all share a common bond of having an ancestor who helped contribute to securing the independence of the United States of America. Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution is eligible to join. We will assist you in your lineage. For assistance or additional information, please contact Cane River Chapter Regent Peggy Aycock at