Serving Our Community
In 2019 members of John Marshall donated 6,130 hours in service to America by being active within our community and state. We have reached out to support a children’s home in Louisville, providing snacks, sheets, towels, personal products, and stuffed animals. We also adopted a nursing home for seniors on very limited income basis, and provided bags of personal care items for them as well as games and stuffed animals. We also honored their caregivers with a cake. As you can see, we are very engaged Chapter who is Rising and Shining for NSDAR in our service to America.
Historic Preservation activity in John Marshall includes the marking of revolutionary patriot graves and revolutionary period properties. In 2021, three patriot graves will be marked at Cave Hill Cemetery which is on the National Register. Some of the properties which have been marked in the past are the Jonathan Clark home, brother of George Rogers Clark, the Richard Taylor home, father of Zachary Taylor, the William Christian House, the Nathaniel Burris home in Mercer Co., KY and Linden Hall. We have sponsored a $10,000 NSDAR grant for restoration of the Presley-Tyler home at Blackacre Preserve and in 2021 will be marking the original stone cabin of Presley’s father, Moses Tyler. Members also donated time cleaning headstones at the Floyd-Breckinridge and Eastern Cemeteries. Donations were made to Children of the American Revolution for restoration of the colonial kitchen at Kentucky State DAR headquarters, Duncan Tavern, in Paris, KY.
John Marshall’s educational activities include offering an Elizabeth Nall Sherry scholarship as well as NSDAR scholarship opportunities. We sponsor NSDAR American history contests for grades 5-8 and 9-12, and Good Citizen Awards to 5 schools. Every year we adopt a different DAR sponsored school in which we have fundraising efforts to help with various requests that are needed by the schools. In addition, we sponsor Jack Jouett Children of the American Revolution Society.
Patriotism activities are extremely important to the members of John Marshall. We sponsor group graves at Zachary Taylor National Cemetery and participate in memorial services and Wreaths Across America which are held there. We march in the annual Veteran’s Parade in Louisville and elsewhere and work closely with Robley Rex Veterans Hospital providing necessary items on request. A main project for the Chapter is adopting a veteran family in need and providing clothing and toys for the family at Christmas. The Chapter awards medals to 5 high schools with ROTC programs and to the Air Force and Army ROTC programs at the University of Louisville. Attendance at Honor Flights gives us a chance to welcome home our Veterans who have flown to Washington DC to see the war memorials. We also provide flags to school children, sponsor Constitution programs in the schools and present historical programs upon request.