The Caroline Close Stuart Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will lay holiday wreaths on Veterans graves in the St. Charles County area.. “We want to make sure these men and women’s role in our country is never forgotten. We can insure this by placing wreaths on the graves during the holidays.”
100 years ago the Missouri DAR surveyed the state and marked a number of the Revolutionary War graves. This year Chapter members will mark the graves of 14 Revolutionary War Patriots who came to Missouri after the war long before Missouri became a state. They are Bowles Abbington, Joseph Baugh, James Bryan, John Castilio, Warren Cottle, David Darst, Zachariah Moore, Samuel Wells and Jacob Zumwalt.
Settlers poured into Missouri Territory during 1804–21. They were attracted by the abundance of high quality inexpensive land, and the easy access provided by the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. Land in the public domain was quickly surveyed and sold to yeoman farmers, whose hard work was rapidly rewarded. Ranchers raised cattle; the Missouri woodland had ample grass for natural grazing.
The best agricultural lands lay along the Missouri River, attracting wealthy farmers, who envisioned the development of commercial agriculture, using the excellent river transportation system to market crops
Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day Wreaths Across America and its national network of volunteers lay over 700,000 memorial wreaths at 1,000 locations in the United States and beyond, including ceremonies at the Pearl Harbor Memorial, as well as Bunker Hill, Valley Forge and the sites of the September 11 tragedies.
“Our goal is to bring this tradition to our community and open it up to all who wish to honor a veteran”, say Marilyn Hartnett, regent of the Caroline C Stuart Chapter. “Many of these veterans no longer have family who can do this, so it is a privilege for us to honor their service in this simple way.”
The DAR’s mission is to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. For more information about the DAR or residents who wish to donate to the wreath project may contact Regent, Marilyn Hartnett at 636-357-1038.