Rock Wall Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution present awards at Spring Tea

(ROCKWALL, TX – March 1, 2016) Rock Wall Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, recently hosted its Spring Awards Presentation Tea at the home of DAR member Carolyn Duckworth.

Community Service Award

DAR member Sandra Solomon presented the Community Service Award to Lt. Colonel Gene Allen, United States Army Retired. LTC Allen became aware of changes regarding the rendering of Military Funeral Honors previously organized through the Joint Reserve Base in Ft. Worth; they would no longer be providing full burial detail with burial honors. Through his leadership and recognition of a need for our U.S. military veterans to be guaranteed these honors, a Military Funeral, the Tri County Veterans Honor Guard, was born. Allen received the Community Service Award for his selfless hours of voluntary time in support of the U.S. military veteran, thus ensuring that each honorably discharged veteran receives ‘The Final Salute.’

American History Essay Award

Linda Smith, DAR member, presented the Chapter’s American History Essay Award to Isabella Schmukal, Heritage Christian Academy student. Schmukal’s creative original essay described life in the early American Colonies and the hardships the colonists faced due to increased taxation.


Good Citizen Award 2015-2016

Margaret Davidson, DAR scholarship chairman, presented local high school students the Good Citizenship Award for outstanding leadership, service, and citizenship:




Zenia Jones, Royse City High School

Addie Louise Barch, Wylie High School

Kayley Parke Hernandez, Heritage Christian Academy

Sage M. Wells, Rockwall-Heath High School

Jade L. Brown, Rockwall High School

Myra Leilani Castillo, North Forney High School, local essay winner, essay submitted to state contest

Leslie Valdelamar, Terrell High School (not present for photo)

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote patriotism, preserve American history, and support a superior education for our nation’s children. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. DAR is one of the world’s largest American service organizations. For more information about Rock Wall Chapter DAR, contact Regent Mindy Lovell, 214-502-7697.

Submitted by Joy Greenwalt, DAR. 

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