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This year marked the 126th Continental Congress of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. Each year representatives from every state and even units overseas come together in Washington D.C. in a spirit of patriotism and friendship to meet, share ideas, and learn from each other. Each evening there is a gala event held at Constitution Hall in the DAR complex.
Zebulon Pike Chapter was able to secure the keynote speaker for this year, United States Air Force General Lori Robinson, who serves as commander of the U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Northern Command, or NORTHCOM, is responsible for defending the U.S. homeland and surrounding region. General Robinson is the first female officer to command a major Unified Combatant Command in the history of the United States Armed Forces, and she is currently the highest-ranking woman in US military history. General Robinson received the prestigious Margaret Cochran Corbin Award.
The Units Overseas Luncheon and International Bazaar is one of the highlights of Continental Congress. Overseas chapters bring crafts and products from their country to sell in a bazaar-type atmosphere. Daughters come to get wonderful items and hear all the fabulous things that overseas chapters are doing.
DAR has a world class library and computer research center for genealogical research state by state. During congress, Zebulon Pike daughters find time to research. There is always that one document, book, county record or land grant that is needed to prove a patriot. The Seimes Technology Center is a computer lab where DAR online documents can be accessed. It is easy to get lost in research at the Seimes.
At Continental Congress there are exhibits and displays from national committees and projects. Getting to know other DAR chapters in other parts of the country and the world inspires growth within our chapters and helps to inspire service to our country. It is a wonderful experience.