Semper Fi Honor Guard 1

Semper Fi Honor Guard 1, Mayor Paul Foster, Memorial Park Manager Armando Valles and DAR Chapter Corresponding Secretary Joanne Morse pose at the grave of Malvina Jerusha Chapin Rowell.

The Arrowhead Valley chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)  gathered on July 2, at Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery to recognize Laura Baker Strong and Malvina Jerusha Chapin Rowell as Real Daughters.  

Chapter Regent Patricia Westerfield spoke of DAR’s commitment to historic preservation and of its desire to honor these national treasures. With a backdrop of 10 Revolutionary War flags, Westerfield, Diane McCalmon and Project Chairwoman Joanne Morse revealed the recently restored headstones of Strong and Rowell.  

Each marker displays the symbol of Real Daughters of the American Revolution.

Marines Semper Fi #1 Memorial Honor Detail retired the colors.  

Bagpiper Bill Megenney played as attendees visited the graves.  

All Daughters of the American Revolution are descended from Revolutionary War patriots and soldiers.

A Real Daughter was distinguished because she was a DAR member as well as the actual daughter of a Revolutionary War soldier or patriot. Organized October 11, 1890 and incorporated by an Act of Congress in 1896, the DAR sought to perpetuate the memory of the spirit of the men and women who achieved American independence

 At a meeting of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Dec. 11, 1890, "two daughters of Revolutionary heroes" were mentioned. But it was soon discovered that there were not only two, but many daughters of Revolutionary heroes still living.

Between December 1890, and July 1911, more than 700 "Real Daughters" were admitted to membership in the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

In the early years of the National Society, a DAR chapter who could name one or more of the 767 Real Daughters among its members was extremely proud of this living link to the American Revolution.

On June 14, 1922, Arrowhead Valley Chapter was the first to mark two of the nine graves of Real Daughters interred in California.  Arrowhead Valley Chapter was granted permission to secure a project to restore the grave markers of Strong and Rowell.  

The chapter has applied to continue as stewards of these graves.  

Paul Foster and Patricia Westerfield

Redlands Mayor Paul Foster presents a proclamation to Patricia Westerfield, regent of the Arrowhead Valley chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.