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Posted: July 24, 2009 12:30 a.m.

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Patriot ancestors: (L-R) Ga State Regent Barbara Blakely Chastain, William Callaway, Grace Callaway, Claudia Callaway and Mary Gene Elliot went to Washington, D.C., for the 118th annual Continental Congress of the Daughters of the American Revolution

The nation’s capital welcomed more than 4,000 members and guests of one of its foremost service organizations last week, with the arrival of the Daughters of the American Revolution for their 118th annual Continental Congress. Representing Covington’s local Sergeant Newton Chapter were Claudia Callaway, Chapter First Vice-Regent and her mother Mary Gene Elliott, Georgia State Insignia Chairman. Accompanying them on the 10 day trip to take advantage of the many sightseeing opportunities were Mrs. Callaway’s husband William and daughter Grace Callaway.

The Congress keynote speaker was Lt. Col. Michael Strobl, the subject and co-writer of the HBO film “Taking Chance.” He shared his experience serving as military escort to bring home the remains of Lance Corporal Chance Phelps, a young soldier killed in Iraq. Strobl accepted on behalf of HBO Films the National DAR Media Award for the movie.

“It’s inspiring to see so many Daughters and their families make the trip to Washington to celebrate their hard work and accomplishments during the past year in service to God, home and country,” said Linda Calvin, President General. “The reports of our members’ enthusiastic dedication to historic preservation, education, and patriotism make it clear that the DAR is playing an important role in cities and towns like Covington across the nation.”

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 165,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations. To learn more about the work of today’s DAR, please visit www.DAR.org.

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