The Americanism Committee oversees the approval process of the two most prestigious awards presented by the DAR, the DAR Medal of Honor and the Americanism Medal.
The DAR Medal of Honor is presented to an adult man or woman who is a United States citizen by birth and has shown extraordinary qualities of leadership, trustworthiness, service and patriotism. The recipient must have made unusual and lasting contributions to our American Heritage by truly giving of himself or herself to his or her community, state, country, and fellow man.
The DAR Americanism Medal is awarded to an adult man or woman who has been a naturalized United States citizen for at least five years and has fulfilled the required qualifications following naturalization. The recipient must have shown outstanding qualities of leadership, trustworthiness, service and patriotism. They must have actively assisted new immigrants to become American citizens or displayed outstanding ability in community affairs, preferably with emphasis on the foreign-born community.
Forms and instructions may be found in the NIP and on the National Members' Website. The number of awards is not limited, but each award must be approved by National.
This committee also encourages participation by Daughters in naturalization ceremonies and assisting new immigrants. The sixty-six page newly revised DAR Manual for Citizenship is now available on the NSDAR Website. Daughters may assist with local citizenship classes or by encouraging applicants to study the manual online.
Contact state chair Holly Livermon for more information.