Importance of 1812 war remembered in proclamation for local DAR group

Importance of 1812 war remembered in proclamation for local DAR group
Mayor Cheryl Oliver, second from left, presented a proclamation to the local DAR at June’s Council meeting. With Oliver are, left to right, Deidre Kraft, Chapter Regent Rebecca Owens and Janie Temple.
The Selma News
• Mon, Jul 09, 2012

Selma Mayor Cheryl L. Oliver recently signed a proclamation in honor of the War of 1812 Remembrance Day on June 18 and presented it to members of the Smith-Bryan Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution during the June Town Council meeting.

The War of 1812 is sometimes referred to as “The Second War for American Independence” and was fought against the British.

During this war the British burned the White House, but Dolley Madison saved the Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington. Also, the bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor inspired Francis Scott Key to write a poem about the battle, and this poem became our National Anthem, the Star Spangled Banner.

And finally, General Andrew Jackson helped to win a stunning victory over the British in the Battle of New Orleans on Jan. 8, 1815 which helped to bring the war to a close.

Several members of Smith-Bryan Chapter have ancestors who fought during the War of 1812. Smith-Bryan Chapter is located in Johnston County and was founded in April 1976, the only North Carolina DAR chapter to be chartered during the Bicentennial.

Members come from all parts of the county as well as Dunn, Lucama and Raleigh. To learn more about the DAR, you can access the national website at or contact the Chapter Regent Rebecca Owens at

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded on Oct. 11, 1890 and incorporated in 1896 by an Act of Congress. The society, a non-profit, non-political women’s service organization, is dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America’s future through better education.

Currently there are 165,000 members in 3,000 chapters in all 50 states and Washington, DC along with Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

Any woman 18 years of older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution is eligible for membership.

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