Daughters of the Republic remind communities of Texas Honor Days

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The Joshua D. Brown Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas will hold its first meeting of the 2023-24 term on Monday, Sept. 25, at 10 a.m. in the First United Methodist Church 21st Century Room at 321 Thompson Drive in Kerrville. Speakers for the meeting will be Buddy and Jan Wilkinson. Jan will give a history of the Father of Kerrville, Joshua D. Brown. Buddy will demonstrate shingle making in the manner used by Joshua D. Brown in his occupation.

Any woman having attained her 16th birthday is eligible to apply for DRT membership, providing she is a lineal descendant of a person who rendered loyal service to Texas prior to its formal annexation by the United States on Feb. 19, 1846. The Chapter will provide application and research assistance in proving ancestry during the Republic era to any prospective member, with “Texas Thursday” sessions being held in Kerrville on the third Thursday of each month at the Kerrville Genealogy Society, 125 Lehmann Drive, and in Boerne on the first Thursday of each month at The Family History Place, 114 E. Blanco St. For more information, email Judy McVay at judithmcvay8@gmail.com.

The DRT has designated 14 important events in Texas history as Texas Honor Days, when we remember and honor those who sacrificed and labored to establish and defend the Republic of Texas. This month we celebrate Texas Heroes Day on Sept. 18, to honor and preserve the memory of the volunteer soldiers who died defending the Republic and her independence, and we also pay tribute to the men and women of the military, both past and present, who serve Texas. Special emphasis is placed on honoring those of the 1842 Dawson Massacre and Mier Expedition. A Monument Hill Remembrance Day Ceremony commemorating those events will be held at the Monument Hill State Historic Site, 414 State Loop 92, LaGrange, on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 10-11 a.m., and will include guest speakers, wreath laying, and gun salute. For more information, call 979-968-5658 or visit kbmh@thc.texas. gov.

The second Honor Day in September is Texian Navy Day, celebrated on the third Saturday of September. Texans are encouraged to fly their Texas flags and observe the day in remembrance of the Texian Navy and the courage displayed by those at sea who played a vital role in securing and maintaining the independence of Texas.

The Joshua D. Brown Chapter invites all Texans to join in commemorating these important days in Texas History.