What We Do
Ann Arundel Chapter NSDAR is proud to celebrate Americanism by engaging in a number of activities that support the national objectives of historic preservation, patriotism, and education. We enthusiastically support our armed services veterans with two ongoing projects. Members gather together a couple of times annually to make beautiful fleece lap robes and scarves, and in the winter, members excitedly fill bags with goodies to say "thank you" to our veterans on Valentine's Day. The resulting product of both projects is distributed to veteran patients within the Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System.
Another project is participating in the naturalization ceremony held at the Federal Courthouse in Greenbelt, Maryland. This is followed by a punch and cookie reception for the new citizens, their family members, and friends.
The chapter also participates in a number of memorial ceremonies. Fallen French soldiers who died en route while marching to Yorktown are honored in the annual Wreath-Laying Ceremony (pictured right) at the National Monument for French Soldiers & Sailors located on the grounds of St. John’s College in Annapolis.
Another fall ceremony is the Massing of the colors (pictured left), a patriotic ceremony held to rededicate our faith in the colors of the United States and to present our support to those colors and of the service men and women those colors represent. It combines the colors and color guards of active and reserve military units, veterans’ organizations, and civic and patriotic organizations.
Chapter meetings are held September through June and offer informative programs, a monthly business meeting, and an opportunity for members to enjoy each other's company after the meeting adjourns with brown bag lunches.
Photos: Lap robe meeting, Massing of the Colors, Naturalization Ceremony, Wreath-Laying Ceremony for Fallen French Soldiers