Naturalization Ceremonies

Thirty candidates, in the presence of their families, celebrate becoming U.S. citizens at Poplar Forest on April 13,2016, co-sponsored by the Blue Ridge Chapter and Poplar Forest.  The next ceremony will be held on Friday, September 16, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.







My Patriot's Story: A Compilation of Research and Family Stories About Our Patriots.

In 2010, our chapter members voted to write stories about their patriots and compile them into a book, My Patriot's Story: A Compilation of Research and Family Stories About Our Patriots. We collected 41 stories from 46 members (one patriot may have several daughters who are claiming him), edited the stories, and had it published. 


In 2013, My Patriot's Story was honored with the VADAR award for Most Unusual Project.





Wreaths Across America

The Beginnings….
The Wreaths Across America event began in Arlington National Cemetery. Its original purpose was to remember and honor the memory of veterans buried in the older sections of the cemetery, which were receiving fewer visitors every year. In 2005, when a picture was placed on the internet of rows upon rows of snow-covered tomb-stones decorated with green wreaths with red bows, the idea went viral around the country and suddenly there was a national interest in duplicating the ceremony.

The project came to Lynchburg in 2008, thanks to DAR member Rachael Shenigo, when the Blue Ridge Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) learned that more than 2,300 veterans are buried in Lynchburg’s Old City Cemetery—who represent every war from the Revolutionary War through the Vietnam War. The first local event was held that December and the number of wreaths placed has steadily grown. The Old City Cemetery “WAA” event in 2010 placed just over 700 wreaths, the fourth largest number in Virginia, with Arlington National Cemetery being the largest.


For more information about how our chapter participates in this program please click here.



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