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Yavapai Daughters of American Revolution clean up Prescott cemetery

The Yavapai Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution took part in the National DAR Day of Service on Oct. 11 by cleaning up Citizens Cemetery. From left are Linda Shebek, Kathy Machmer, Lee Nelson, Sue Hubbard, Elaine Myers, Nancy Silacci, Patsy Silvey, Janet Winston and Sue Burk. (Courtesy photo)

The Yavapai Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution took part in the National DAR Day of Service on Oct. 11 by cleaning up Citizens Cemetery. From left are Linda Shebek, Kathy Machmer, Lee Nelson, Sue Hubbard, Elaine Myers, Nancy Silacci, Patsy Silvey, Janet Winston and Sue Burk. (Courtesy photo)

The Yavapai Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) participated in the National DAR Day of Service on Oct. 11 by cleaning the Citizens Cemetery on Sheldon Street. The date also was the 125th anniversary of the founding of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

The Yavapai DAR chapter is a member of the Yavapai Cemetery Association, and members cleaned and decorated the graves of United States veterans who are buried in the historic Prescott cemetery. In particular, DAR members have been looking after the grave of Joel Barrington and his son through the association's Adopt-A-Grave program.

Eleven women helped with the cleanup, adorning about 27 gravesites with an American flag and silk flowers. This activity helped to fulfill the goals of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution - historic preservation, education, and patriotism.

Organized in 1981, the Yavapai Chapter carries out the important mission of the National Society on the local level. The Yavapai Chapter has helped local veterans by sponsoring 150 World War II veterans to travel to Washington, D.C., with Honor Flight. Members also are a proud partner in the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, giving those veterans their much-deserved recognition for their service.

"We are proud to carry out DAR's mission to celebrate our American way of life," said Regent Elaine Myers. "All women who can document descent from a Revolutionary War Patriot are encouraged to consider the many benefits of joining. We are eager to welcome new members to our chapter, and we have volunteers available to help them research and complete their genealogy in order to apply for membership."

Those wanting more information can visit http://yavapai.arizonadar.org.