Local Lineage Groups Recognize Military Veterans at Presbyterian Night Shelter
Representatives from local chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) recognized military veterans at the annual Memorial Day Veterans Picnic at the Presbyterian Night Shelter (PNS) in Fort Worth May 24.
The annual picnic featured food donated and served by local volunteers, games, and door prizes for veterans receiving services from PNS. The shelter operates one of the most successful transitional housing programs in the United States to secure and retain employment for homeless veteran clients; move them into permanent housing; and eliminate or minimize barriers to continued self-sufficiency.
In a short ceremony, DAR members from the Captain Nathaniel Mills Chapter and an SAR representative from the Major K M Van Zandt Chapter presented certificates and pins to military veterans in attendance, to volunteers who are veterans, and to PNS staff who are veterans to recognize them for their dedicated service to the country.
Donna Moore, vice regent for the Captain Nathaniel Mills Chapter, said the event was an emotional moment for everyone involved.
“This ceremony meant a lot to the veterans and it really touched our hearts,” she said. “What an honor it was for us to make their day so special.”
This was the first time the two chapters recognized veterans for their service, but it was not the first time the Captain Nathaniel Mills Chapter has worked with PNS. In December 2017, chapter members collected sheets, blankets, pillows and other bedding materials for Patriot House, one of the dorms which houses military veterans. During the spring, the chapter collected feminine hygiene products for women staying at PNS and they will deliver the items during summer 2018.
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is a service organization that was founded in 1890. Its mission is to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. There are 185,000 members in 3,000 chapters worldwide who are lineally descended from an ancestor who served in or provided aid to the American Revolution. The Captain Nathaniel Mills Chapter was chartered in Hurst in 1962 and is one of 200 chapters in Texas.
The National Society Sons of the American Revolution, founded in 1889, is a fraternal and civic society composed of lineal descendants of the American Patriots who wintered at Valley Forge, signed the Declaration of Independence, fought in the battles of the American Revolution or otherwise supported the cause of American Independence from England. The Major K M Van Zandt Chapter in Fort Worth, Texas was one of the first in Texas, having been formed in April 1932.
The PNS website has information about its local history:
“The Presbyterian Night Shelter was started in 1984 by three Presbyterian churches as an overnight shelter for the county’s homeless population. In 1997, Presbyterian Night Shelter was spun off from the founding churches as an independent legal entity, a 501(c)(3) organization. Today, Presbyterian Night Shelter works to end homelessness through its specialized programs designed to guide the journey home. We retain many of the elements that gave us our name, providing (but not requiring) spiritual guidance for those who seek it through a full-time chaplain and the Hope Chapel for Bible study and worship.”
To learn more about the Presbyterian Night Shelter, visit their website, http://www.journeyhome.org/
To learn more about the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, visit https://www.dar.org
To learn more about the National Society Sons of the American Revolution, visit https://www.sar.org