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Gresham DAR honored in D.C.

Gresham’s Oregon Trail Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was honored June 24 at the organization’s 125th Continental Congress in Washington, D.C., with a third place award for their recent work recognizing Vietnam veterans.

The award was presented to the Gresham chapter for their lead role in spearheading a Vietnam Era 50th Anniversary Commemorative partnership between six Portland area chapters. The collaboration resulted in a ceremony to thank and honor Vietnam veterans last fall at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Honorary Chapter Regent Janet Armstrong accepted the award on behalf of the chapter. Armstrong was also recognized with a certificate of thanks and a commemorative coin from the Department of Defense as the Daughter from Oregon who made the greatest contribution to the national Vietnam Era 50th Anniversary Commemoration program in 2015.

Also in attendance were newly elected Chapter Regent Kay Wilson and past Oregon State Custodian/Honorary Chapter Regent Ruth Takahashi.

The 67-member Oregon Trail Chapter of the NSDAR is a nonprofit service organization that meets on the second Saturday of each month from September through April at the Courtyard Fountains in Gresham.

In addition to a strong emphasis on service to veterans and active military personnel, the chapter sponsors an annual scholarship for a Mt. Hood Community College student, offers scholarship opportunities for local high school seniors and honors community members for service activities.