Founded October 11, 1890, the Daughters of the American Revolution is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to preserving American history, securing America’s future through better education, and promoting patriotism.
The annual DAR Continental Congress opening night ceremony will be devoted to commemorating the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Nonprofit organizations who have performed outstanding work in the past 10 years in response to the attacks will be honored: H.E.A.R.T. 9/11 and The New York Says Thank You Foundation will receive the Founders Medal for Patriotism and Project Rebirth will receive the DAR Media Award for their documentary, Rebirth. H.E.A.R.T. 9/11 has been chosen by the DAR to receive the Founders Medal for Patriotism for their work with victims of disasters in the United States and on behalf of America during international responses. The resiliency and expertise of the members of H.E.A.R.T. 9/11 are to be looked upon as the best America has to offer. More than 3,000 delegates representing the membership of 168,00 will be in attendance.
Donna Lamonaco, a founding Executive Board member of H.E.A.R.T. 9/11, Founder of the Survivors of the Triangle, a support group dedicated to supporting surviving first responders and families of responders who are victims of violence will accept the award on behalf of H.E.A.R.T. 9/11. Donna’s mental health guidance during the WTC Rescue/Recovery mission and during H.E.A.R.T. 9/11 responses has been critical.
Distinguished guests include the President of the United States Barack H. Obama, former New York governor George Pataki and RADM Deborah Loewer, former director of the White House Situation Room, who was traveling with President Bush on the day of the attacks. Representatives from each of the three memorial sites will be in attendance: Alice Greenwald from the 9/11 Memorial Museum; James Laychak from the Pentagon Memorial; and Calvin Wilson from the Flight 93 Memorial.
H.E.A.R.T. 9/11 President