October, 2015 marks the 125th anniversary of DAR. The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote patriotism, preserve American history, and support better education for our nation’s children. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 165,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations.
The Missouri Daughters of the American Revolution have been serving their communities since 1894 and on Saturday, October 3rd they are joining with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to host a Wounded Warriors Bike Ride on the KATY Trail. October 3rd is also the 25th anniversary of the development of the KATY Trail.
Money raised at this event will go to benefit the Wounded Warriors Project, whose mission is to honor and empower wounded service members.
The bike ride will take place along the length of the KATY Trail, from Clinton to St. Charles. Each Trailhead on the KATY Trail is sponsored by one (or more) DAR chapter(s) with local chapter, Jauflione Chapter, being stationed in Hartsburg, Missouri. DAR chapters from all across the state are also sponsoring 27 SAG (Support and Gear) stops along the trail. The volunteers from each chapter will be present at the trailhead from 8:00 a.m. until noon. The chapters are also decorating the trailhead and providing drinks, snacks, and other support for the riders. Most chapters have even arranged for an opening ceremony with invited guests, such as the local mayor, state congressman, and/or state senator.
There are already over 320 riders signed up for the race in total, and so far over $20,000 has been raised for the Wounded Warriors Project.
Anyone interested in riding our nation’s longest developed and most popular rail trail and also supporting our nation’s veterans, should visit the “Wheeling for Healing” Facebook page for more information. Submit rider application forms, or email any questions to email@example.com. Riders may also sign up the morning of the race at most Katy Trail State Parks’ trailheads.