More than 4,000 members of the Daughters of the American Revolution convened recently in the nation’s capital for the 128th Continental Congress, the latest gathering of the longstanding service organization’s annual meeting. The week-long convention consists of business sessions, committee meetings, and social functions, and is topped off with formal evening ceremonies at which national DAR award winners are honored. From the local Pleasanton Jose Maria Amador chapter Cindi Newbold attended. The Jose Maria Amador chapter was awarded the Silver Award for American Spirit.

At the Opening Night Ceremony, Alex Trebek was honored in absentia with the DAR Americanism Award, and the ceremony featured a performance by Dean Malissa, the world’s leading portrayer of George Washington. The National Defense Night Ceremony, honoring our nation’s military personnel and veterans, welcomed LTG Nadja West, Surgeon General of the United States Army. Other national awards were handed out during the week to outstanding individuals celebrating excellence in historic preservation, education and patriotism.

"As our more than 4,000 dedicated DAR members gather in one place, their energy produces inspiration, creative breakthroughs and true camaraderie," said Ann T. Dillon, President General. “We are grateful for the opportunity to reflect on the hard work and accomplishments of the past year, including the donation of hundreds of thousands of dollars to preservation, education and patriotic endeavors and the contribution of millions of hours of volunteer service in our communities. The reports presented at Continental Congress offered irrefutable proof that the DAR remains a relevant, vital and multifaceted force in cities and towns across the country.”

The DAR Continental Congress is a time-honored annual gathering that has been held in Washington, D.C. since the organization’s founding. National, state and chapter leaders as well as other members from across the country and around the world meet at the DAR National Headquarters to report on the year’s work, honor outstanding award recipients, plan future initiatives and reconnect with friends.