GALLERY

cake
October 3, 2015 marked the 75th anniversary of the Prairie State Chapter. Members and guests celebrated with a dinner at Jerry's Grill. Chapter regent Ann Chappell decorated this cake honoring not only the chapter anniversary, but also the anniversary of the National Society and recognizing member Margaret Hays for 45 years of service.

Margaret
Margaret was also honored with a United States flag to be flown in the city of Centralia with her name and years of membership in the chapter. Margaret is pictured holding her flag with Regent Ann Chappell.

75 years
Members paused for a group photo following dinner at Jerry's Grill celebrating the chapter's 75th anniversary.

flags
October 3, 2015
Members of the Prairie State Chapter set up a flag line across Interstate 64 to honor Chief Petty Officer Phillip Barrow. The Patriot Guard was escorting CPO Barrow cross the eight states of Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California so that he may be buried in accordance with his wishes. The flags are seen from the I-64 Woodlawn, Illinois overpass bridge.

Veterans Club
veterans club
Thanks so much to the members of the Kaskaskia College Veterans Club for putting up flags around Centralia. They will stay up until after Veterans' Day. (Photos courtesy of the club)



Dana Kapaldi
Dana Capaldi, a member of the Sukey Hart Chapter, NSDAR, in front of the tombstone of Mary Gaston Kell.  Capaldil is a descendant of Kell, and was present at the marking honoring the Real Daughter of William Gaston.

William Gaston
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Grave Marking Ceremony Honoring
Real Daughter Margaret Gaston Kell
Old Covenanter Cemetery
Walnut Hill, Illinois
August 31, 2013


July 4 2013
float 2013
The chapter won 2nd place for their float in the July 4th parade.

Hillcrest Cemetery, 2013
Commemorating Memorial Day at Hillcrest Cemetery


DAR Good CitizEns
DAR Good Citizen winners, 2013


July 4 2012 parade

Our chapter float in the July 4, 2012 Centralia parade.

front side of float

View of float from front

putting out flags

A chapter members reaches for a handful of flags to put on graves at Elmwood Cemetery

eating ice cream

Yummy ice cream tasted even better after putting out flags for several hours

new members

Chapter Regent Marsha Hopkins administers oath to new members

Women Veterans Memorial

Chapter regent Marsha Hopkins is shown with past Illinois State Regent Luanne Bruckner (left) and Tammy Duckworth before the parade and ceremony honoring women veterans in Mount Vernon, Illinois in June 2011.

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Each year on Memorial Day, members of the Prairie State Chapter place flags on the graves of all veterans buried in Elmwood Cemetery - more than 1,000.  One year after the 9/11 attacks, our chapter held a candlelight memorial service to remember those who lost their lives. A similar service was held on the 10 year anniversary.  At that time, the chapter planted a memorial tree in the city park.

You can learn more about DAR membership on the National DAR site.