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South Dansville D.A.R. holds Flag Ceremony at museum

Dr. Phebe A. Oliver Briggs, Organizing Regent of South Dansville D.A.R. Great -Granddaughter of Corp. Josiah Griswold of American Revolutionary War. PHOTO PROVIDED


DANSVILLE — On Saturday, June 19, the Corp. Josiah Griswold Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.) will have a United States Flag Commemoration Ceremony at the Dansville Area Historical Society Museum. The Ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at 14 Church Street.

A new flag and flag pole with a solar panel to illuminate the flag at nighttime has been donated to the museum by Priscilla Rowe Howe, a lifetime member of the museum since 1976, and a new member of the D.A.R. She has chosen this as her patriotic project, since promoting patriotism is one of the missions of the D.A.R.

This project has been in the works since early 2020, and the ceremony was originally planned for Flag Day. However, the pandemic put a halt to everything being planned last year. The D.A.R. still wants to follow through with the plans this year, due to it being the 110th Anniversary of the formation of Corp. Josiah Griswold Chapter of the D.A.R. This is the local chapter of the D.A.R.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historical preservation, education, and patriotism. Its members are descendants of patriots who won American Independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 185,000 members in about 3,000 chapters worldwide, D.A.R. is one of the world's largest and most active service organizations.

This year also marks the 200 year anniversary of Livingston County that formed in 1821.

The Dansville Area Historical Society will be open for tours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for visitors to enjoy the historic displays and gift shop.

Since the D.A.R. has education as another mission it will have available a copy of "The Flag Code" for all who attend the ceremony. This explains how to properly display and handle the American Flag. The ceremony will be held outdoors. The Dansville American Legion Honor Guard will take part in this historic event. There will be light refreshments available afterwards. The local D.A.R. chapter is looking for more members. The Dansville Area Historical Society is looking for more volunteers.

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