National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
Anthem is an unincorporated town located 34 miles north of downtown Phoenix. Our chapter borrows its name from the fouquieria splendens, commonly known as the ocotillo cactus, though not a true cactus. It is a curious and unique desert plant of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico, with bright crimson
flowers appearing after rainfall in spring, summer, and occasionally fall. Flowers are clustered indeterminately at the tips of each mature stem. Individual flowers are pollinated by hummingbirds and native carpenter bees.
No ladies of leisure in 1890, the four founders of the DAR were anything but traditional. Two were single, two were widowed, and all four were working women who supported either children or extended family. This was during a time that was marked by a revival in patriotism and intense interest in the beginnings of the United States of America. Women felt the desire to express their patriotic feelings and were frustrated by their exclusion from men's organizations formed to perpetuate the memory of ancestors who fought to make this country free and independent.
The ladies in our Ocotillo Chapter, NSDAR, cherish those same values and traditions as the ladies from 1890. We, too, have members who are single, married, widowed, working full time, with children and grandchildren. Our energetic group of ladies enthusiastically supports the objectives and motto of our national society: the promotion of education, patriotism, and historic preservation within our community of Anthem, in service to God, Home, and Country.
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