Irvine Ranch Chapter, NSDAR

Irvine, California

Chapter Activities and Projects

Irvine Ranch Chapter, NSDAR, Presents and Dedicates "We Remember 9/11" Banner

Chapter members presented and dedicated the NSDAR "We Remember 9/11" banner to the mayor of the City of Irvine. The banner is to be used during the city's September 11 observances this year at Northwood Gratitude and Honor Memorial at Northwood Park. The Northwood Gratitude and Honor Memorial is a permanent memorial in remembrance of all the U.S. service members who have died in the current Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The memorial was dedicated on November 14, 2010, with 5,714 engraved names. This is the only known permanent national memorial listing the names of all the American service members who have died in these wars. The memorial will be updated as long as American service members are killed in these conflicts.


The Irvine Ranch Chapter, NSDAR, Collects for Homeless Veterans

The Irvine Ranch Chapter, NSDAR, has been collecting items for the homeless veterans in the Long Beach Veterans Administration (VA) service area. Homeless veterans are the area of the greatest need at this time. Therefore the chapter decided to answer the call! Chapter members, along with some very generous associate members, collected two and a half stake-bed trucks full of donations. Items included furniture, housewares, linens, men’s and women’s clothing, children’s furniture, and games.  The Long Beach VA helped them out by picking up the donated items on June 17, 2011.


Flag Day – June 14, 2011

The Irvine Ranch Chapter, NSDAR, celebrated Flag Day at the University Park Library. The chapter collected worn and tattered flags for a Ceremony of Final Tribute per section 8k of the Flag Code. In exchange, hand-held flags, Flag Code booklets, patriotic pencils, and bookmarks were handed to everyone. “Betsy Ross” also attended. She demonstrated to children and adults how to make a five-pointed star by folding paper and one snip of the scissors. A display with the Betsy Ross flag and the Star Spangled Banner, along with their stories, also attracted much attention. 


Armed Forces Day

The Irvine Ranch Chapter, NSDAR, participated in the Field of Honor in celebration of Armed Forces Day on May 21, 2011, at Castaway Park in Newport Beach. Participants were able to purchase a flag and banner in honor of someone who is or was in the military or members of the police and fire departments. Chapter members chose to honor three individuals. Two of the individuals are in active military service and one died in World War II. The Field of Honor was an incredible site with 1776 flags blowing in the ocean breeze!


Swallow’s Day Parade

On March 26, 2011, the Irvine Ranch Chapter, NSDAR, participated in the 53rd Annual Swallow’s Day Parade in San Juan Capistrano.  Swallow’s Day celebrates the return of the swallows to the Mission San Juan Capistrano each year.  The Irvine Ranch Chapter, NSDAR, was joined by the Mission Viejo Chapter, NSDAR, Los Niño’s Society Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R.), and South Coast Chapter Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). Two hundred hand-held flags were handed out to spectators before the beginning of the parade. It was a great day for a parade! 

Irvine Ranch Chapter, NSDAR, Makes Cookies for the Troops

The Irvine Ranch Chapter, NSDAR, was able to obtain a generous donation of cookie dough from a local bakery. Members then spent a day baking cookies. Forty dozen cookies, minus a few for quality control and tasting, were prepared for shipment to the chapter's adopted unit in Afghanistan in time for Christmas. A great day was had by all! 


Irvine Ranch Chapter, NSDAR, Adopts Veteran's Highway

Chapter members made their debut cleanup on Veterans Highway 133 in Irvine on April 17, 2010, to help support CalTrans' "Great American Cleanup." As you can see the Irvine Ranch Chapter, NSDAR, Daughters and some of their husbands are making a true fashion statement. CalTrans supplied safety equipment and a safety video which each participant was required to view before participating. Participants broke into two teams to accomplish the cleanup task quickly and efficiently. Everyone went home with a great feeling of cleaning up our environment. Please don't litter!


Junior Members Honored

At the November 2010 meeting, the chapter honored two of its Junior members. One was honored for her patriotism and military service to the United States of America. The other was honored as the chapter's outstanding Junior. We are so proud of these young women!


Flag Day 2009

On June 14, the Irvine Ranch Chapter, NSDAR, members gave out over 500 hand-held American flags to the general public at the Irvine Spectrum to commemorate Flag Day, the adoption of the Flag of the United States of America. Pictured are members having too much fun promoting Flag Day on the Irvine Spectrum Carousel. 

July Fourth Parade

Irvine Ranch Chapter, NSDAR, Daughters marching with the SAR and C.A.R. at the Huntington Beach Fourth of July Parade.


American Flag Collection

Irvine Ranch Chapter, NSDAR, collected flags for a flag retirement ceremony at the Irvine Post Office.


2007 Irvine Global Village Festival

Bill Barber Park in Irvine, California. Our booth "American Women: Their effect on culture and society," displayed the accomplishments and contributions made by women from 1620 to the present day. 


Photos courtesy of chapter members.