BY MELANIE WADE –
The James K. Polk Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, celebrated ancestry and heritage on Saturday, January 27, 2018 with a Heritage Tea, held at the First United Methodist Church in Mena.
We are here to celebrate the James K. Polk Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. This chapter was active in the early 1900’s before going dormant in the 1960’s – 70’s,” said Kathy Haglar, 1st Vice Regent. “Mary Carpenter came in the early 2000’s and brought it back. We have the tea to celebrate our heritage as patriot descendents.”
The Ouachita Strings Orchestra played as entertainment, much to the delight of participants, and refreshments were served. While most wore their Sunday best, some ladies joined in the traditional American Revolution dress (pictured right).
The event was attended by the local chapter, as well as district and state members. Reggie Fryer, history teacher at Cosstatot River High School and also the 2016 local and state DAR Teacher of the Year, served as the guest speaker and gave an extensive account of women’s roles in the American Revolution – a speech that was information, striking, and at times, funny.
Back then, “They had patriotic passion,” said Fryer. “They were steadfast and dependable. I wish more people were as passionate about patriotism,” as they were back then.