Americanism and DAR Manual for Citizenship Committee
This committee was
established in 1919 with a goal of developing better citizenship
training for all persons residing in the United States. The
objective is to promote knowledge, loyalty, and love of country in
the hearts and minds of American citizens, whether naturalized or
citizens by birth.
Americanism is promoted though school essay and poster contests;
placing patriotic literature in schools and libraries; and assisting
those studying for American citizenship though the distribution of
the DAR Manual for Citizenship, establishing, and when
qualified, teaching Americanism and literacy classes. NSDAR began
supplying the DAR Manual for Citizenship in 1921 and over
100,000 copies are distributed annually.
DAR Americanism Medal - given to an adult
man or woman who has been a naturalized United States citizen for at
least five years and has fulfilled the required qualifications
following naturalization. DAR Americanism Medal recipients must have
shown outstanding qualities of trustworthiness, leadership,
patriotism, and service. They must have actively assisted other
aliens to become American citizens or displayed outstanding ability
in community affairs, with an emphasis on the foreign-born
community. This award was established in 1958.
Medal of Honor - given to an adult man or
woman who is a United States citizen by birth and has shown
outstanding qualities of leadership, trustworthiness, service, and
patriotism. A Medal of Honor recipient must have made unusual and
lasting contributions to our American heritage by truly giving of
himself to his community, state, country, and fellowman. The Medal
of Honor award was authorized in 1972.
Children of the American Revolution Committee
C.A.R. Headquarters, 1776 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20006-5392
The National Society Children of the
American Revolution was created February 22, 1895. This
organization provides training in patriotism and leadership.
Eligibility for membership is the same as for the DAR. Boys and
girls may be members from birth until their twenty-second birthday.
The objectives are similar to those of DAR adapted to interest young
The Constitution of the
United States of America is the safeguard of our liberties,
champion of our freedoms. The purposes of the observation and
celebration of Constitution Week are: to emphasize the
responsibility of protecting and defending the Constitution, and
preserving it posterity; to understand that the Constitution is
our great heritage and the foundation of our lives; and to study
the historical events which occurred during September 1787.
The work of this committee is the responsibility of state and
chapter chairmen who urge the signing of a Proclamation by
Governors, Mayors, and other city officials designating
September 17-23 as Constitution Week. This follows the example
of the President of the United States.
Miss Gertrude S. Carraway, while President General of the NSDAR,
was responsible for the annual designation of September 17-23 as
Constitution Week. The DAR made its own resolution for
Constitution Week, which was adopted April 21, 1955. Members of
the United States Congress received the DAR resolution and on
June 7, 1955, the resolution was discussed in the Senate. The
first resolution to observe Constitution Week was made June
14,1955 by Senator William F. Knowland of California. Following
the passage of the resolution by both Houses of Congress,
President Eisenhower issued his proclamation on August 19, 1955.
The first observance of Constitution Week was so successful that
on January 5, 1956, Senator Knowland introduced a Senate Joint
Resolution to have the President designate September 17-23
annually as Constitution Week. The resolution was adopted on
July 23 and signed into Public Law 915 on August 2, 1956. For
his patriotic aid and interest, Senator Knowland received an
Award of Commendation from the Continental Congress, NSDAR, in
the United States of America Committee
Established in 1909, this
committee was designed to encourage strong patriotic feeling and
respect for the Flag of the United States of America.
The principle objectives are to Keep the Flag Flying, to
protect it continuously under all conditions, insure its correct use
and display, and educate children and adults in the authorized rules
of The Flag Code adopted by the Congress of the United States, House
Document No. 96-144, 96th Congress, 1st Session, April 5, 1979. DAR
publishes excerpts from the United States Flag Code in a Flag Code
Supporting the committee objectives, various activities include:
Programs through the media to
make all Americans flag-conscious.
Presentations of flags to new
citizens at naturalization ceremonies, and schools and youth
Distribution of table flags to
veterans’ homes and hospitals and Braille Flags to schools and
institutions for the blind and to blind individuals.
Presentations of Flag
Certificates to institutions, businesses, and individuals for
proper display of the Flag.
Junior American Citizens Committee
This committee is
the National Society’s second oldest youth-oriented committee. The
first JAC club was organized in 1901, “to teach…children some
knowledge of the underlying principles of our government, of
American sentiment, and of all that will go toward making them good
citizens.” The primary purpose today is to encourage good
citizenship with its privileges and responsibilities; service to
God, Home, and Country; respect for the Flag of the United States of
America; and respect for ones self. The JAC program is open to all
youth, but especially pre-school though high school, regardless of
race, color, creed, or national origin.
JAC Contest - an optional contest program
is offered annually to preschool though high school students.
Chapters judge the entries and send only the first place winners in
each category and grade level to the state chairman. After being
judged at the state level, only first place winners in each category
and grade level are sent to the division vice chairman where they
are judged and advanced. Only first place winners in each category
and grade level from the division judging are sent to the national
contest. The national winners are featured in a special Continental
Congress JAC exhibit. National winners receive a certificate and
monetary award. Recognition cards are to be presented to every
student who enters the contest.