This week has been a whirlwind of exciting activity. I had the honor and privilege of attending the 120th Continental Congress of the DAR in Washington, DC this week. It was my first Continental Congress and I loved every minute of interesting speakers and presentations, delightful entertainment, and sharing experiences with other Daughters.
Since walking in heels and formal clothing in 95 degree weather is not really an option for this princess, I shared many fun cab rides with members from Georgia, Texas, and many other states. DAR Continental Congress kind of reminds me of a summer camp experience. You form an instant bond with a complete stranger because of a shared history or shared experience. It’s a wonderful thing and I’m already looking forward to next year.
Some highlights of the week include the Maryland Luncheon, held at the J.W. Marriott. The hotel hosted the DAR and was completely decked out in red, white, and blue. What an amazingly patriotic and pretty lobby! At the luncheon, I was intrigued to learn about espionage during the Revolutionary War. Of course, spies have been in existence since the beginning of time, but I was interested to learn that so many of the intelligence strategies used during the Revolutionary War are still used today.
National Defense Night was truly an inspiring gala event. The United States Navy Ceremonial Band performed a concert to open the evening. The entire audience stood up and said, “I proudly stand up” when the band played “I’m Proud to be an American.” President General Merry Ann Thompson Wright is in the background.
General Odierno was the key note speaker at National Defense Night where service personnel, veterans, and volunteers who serve them were honored. The stories of the honorees were incredibly inspiring and made me feel so proud of our country and hopeful for the future. As the 4th of July approaches, I wish to say thank you to everyone who has served or is serving our country. I appreciate your service and sacrifice.
Of course, I love any occasion to wear a formal gown...
Or to do some shopping at the congress...
The week at Continental Congress was the best possible way to begin my 4th of July celebration!
Happy 4th of July!