BY MELANIE BUCK –
The James K. Polk Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, have announced that they will take part in achieving a patriotism record in the Guinness Book of World Records this year. As the grand finale for both DAR’s Celebrate America! And Celebrate 125 commemorations, the National Society of the DAR is staging an official attempt for “most letters to military personnel collected in one month.”
To achieve the record, DAR will collect letters to soldiers to mail. The letters will be taken to the 125th Continental Congress, logged in, and all mailed within a month. The local Chapter intends to ask students and civic clubs for their involvement in the project.
Letter collection boxes decorated in red, white, and blue have been placed at various businesses around the county. Look for the boxes at Pony Express, Farmer’s Co-op, Limetree Restaurant, and Atwoods.
Letters can be addressed to specific deployed soldiers or active duty personnel, but do not have to be addressed to anyone specific. Every letter must contain three components: a greeting, a message of support or appreciation, and a closing with signature. There are no size or length requirements and both letters and cards can be used. Letters should be handwritten and include your name and address on the envelope. Letters cannot be sealed to make sure qualifications are met and each must bear a 49-cent postage stamp.
For more information, contact local DAR member, Kathy Haglar at 479-216-9041.