On Saturday, December 18, 2021, the Barrington community and members of the Signal Hill Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution honored the more than 730 Veterans at rest at Evergreen Cemetery in Barrington.
Following brief remarks from several dignitaries, including U.S. Congressman Sean Casten, representatives from former VFW and American Legion Posts, Veterans of Lake Barrington Shores, a representative of Children of the American Revolution, and members of NSDAR, the speakers joined the attending community to place wreaths on previously identified graves throughout the cemetery.
The Signal Hill Chapter members had worked at underwriting the purchase of wreaths for this year's event by raising donations from private individuals, chapter members, and other sources, so that members of the Barrington area could participate in this national event. Nearly 200 individuals had pre-registered to attend the event, and a good percentage of that number came to honor the service and sacrifice of our nation's military members.
Wreaths Across America Day is a national event, with over 3000 participating cemeteries throughout the country. Many civic, religious or philanthropic groups gather volunteers and financial support to participate; this was the third year that Signal Hill, NSDAR sponsored and organized the event. For information about this lineage society, please visit signalhilldar.com. For more information about Wreaths Across America, please visit WreathsAcrossAmerica.org.
U. S. 6th Dist Congressman Sean Casten addresses those gathered at Evergreen Cemetery in Barrington
We collect comfort items for donation to VA hospitals and for VA Stand Down for homeless veterans; we support Honor Flight Chicago with monetary donations and Thank You notes for the veteran mail call; we are a Commemorative Partner with Vietnam War Veterans.
Active US troops are not forgotten – we assist at “No Dough” dinners through the USO for Navy personnel at Great Lakes Naval Station and contribute and assemble packages for deployed troops.
We support veterans through the Honor Flight Chicago program with monetary donations and volunteer time. Honor Flight sends veterans to Washington D.C. at no cost to them to view the memorial erected in their honor.
DAR Project Patriot
We support active American service personnel through the Daughters of the American Revolution Project Patriot Committee. The Signal Hill Chapter NSDAR collects and ships basic needs items requested by our soldiers, knits helmet liners, and sends long distance calling cards to our hospitalized service personnel in Landstuhl, Germany.
Signal Hill Chapter NSDAR participates in the Independence Day Parade, in Barrington. Honored veterans, our youth award winners, and several chapter members and their children and grandchildren, march alongside our decorated floats and cars. We distribute approximately 6,000 pieces of American made flag-wrapped candy each year. A great deal of fun is had by all!