The De Anza Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), will host an Award Ceremony and Colonial Tea on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 1 p.m. at the Church of the Nativity located at 6309 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.
Seventh and eighth grade students from Saint James Academy, The Nativity School, The Rhodes School and Saint John’s School submitted essays. The 124 entries were judged by members of the De Anza DAR American History Essay Contest Committee. Chapter winners receive a medal, certificate and monetary gift and winning essays are eligible for awards at the district, state, and national level.
The essay title was, “Forgotten Patriots Who Supported the American Struggle for Independence.” The contestants were to focus on the unrecognized people and groups, including African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, and others who provided military, patriotic, and public service in support of the American Revolution. They were asked to describe a particular person or group and how they supported the cause for American Independence. They were instructed to explain why it is especially important to honor the unsung heroes and often forgotten patriots. “Forgotten Patriots — African American and American Indian Patriots of the Revolutionary War: A Guide to Service, Sources, and Studies” is a DAR book that may be downloaded free through the DAR Library Forgotten Patriots Project. Visit www.dar.org.
The San Diego Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will provide a Color Guard for the Award Ceremony. A Colonial Tea for all attendees will be held following the ceremony.
A woman 18 years or older is eligible for membership who can prove direct lineage from a patriot who gave service during the American Revolution. De Anza has an active lineage committee that helps prospective members with their lineage papers. The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism.
For more information, call Laurel Lemarié 858-756-2835 or visit http://deanza.californiadar.org/index.php/Home.