Connecticut Daughters of the American Revolution Regent Joyce A. Cahill will be the keynote speaker at Darien's Good Wife's River Chapter DAR annual luncheon meeting Thursday, May 17. The luncheon will take place at 11:30 a.m. at the Country Club of Darien on Mansfield Avenue. Invitations have been sent and DAR members are reminded to RSVP with meal choices to Vice Regent Barbara Sinnott at 203-655-9054.

Cahill will discuss her statewide project to raise funds for the Connecticut State Veterans Memorial, which will be erected adjacent to the Col. Raymond F. Gates State Veterans Cemetery on West Street in Rocky Hill. The memorial will honor servicemen and women of every era of American history and will feature a tree-lined walkway leading to an amphitheater with a speaker's platform, fountain and seating for events. The memorial will showcase a timeline of battles from the Revolutionary War to the present conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Cahill has proposed monetary donations to a Book of Honor to raise funds for this $1.5 million memorial. For a $10 donation, a Connecticut veteran will be entitled to a full page, including the honoree's name, branch of service, dates and description of service, awards and place of burial if deceased. When completed, DAR will publish the book and distribute it to key state libraries and institutions. Donation forms for the veterans memorial are available by calling 860-267-9952.

Before Cahill's speech, Good Wife's River Chapter Regent Winifred Lom will conduct a brief business session when a date for the executive board's summer meeting will be determined. New and prospective DAR members in attendance will be introduced. State president of the Children of the American Revolution, Teri Fisher, will explain details of the newly formed David Hawley Chapter of the CAR in Darien. DAR members who attended the state DAR Conference in April will report and chapter chairwomen will present their year-end summaries.

Membership in DAR is open to any woman 18 or older who can trace her direct lineage to a patriot who served the cause of American independence during the Revolutionary War. For applications and information, contact the registrar, Karen Polett, at 203-656-0857.

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