|Lew Wallace Activities|
Our Daughters are an energetic group of ladies who enthusiastically support the objectives and motto of our National Society, the promotion of historic preservation, education, and patriotism, within our communities in service to God, Home, and Country.
Historic Preservation-we marked patriot grave site of Henry Winstead, who was also a Buffalo Soldier. Buffalo Soldiers were part of America's first African-American military soldiers during the Post Civil War and Indian Wars. The term "Buffalo Soldier" is said to have been applied to the African-American troops by the Indians because of their short curly hair and their courage and fortitude, much admired qualities of the buffalo.
We commemorate the sacrifices of the pioneer women who blazed trails west by maintaining the Madonna of the Trail statue.
Education-we continue to donate books to Lew Wallace Elementary School which are in turn given to the students. Every child should have books of his/her own. We honor students who participate in our American History essay contest. We give additional support to the schools through the Campbell's Soup Labels for Education Program and the General Mills' Box Tops for Education Program by saving labels and other proofs of purchase that the schools can redeem for cash, educational materials, computers, and even vans.
Patriotism-we award Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) Medals as a means of recognizing student cadets of outstanding ability and achievement in high school and University of New Mexico ROTC programs. The award is presented to one outstanding candidate per ROTC unit, and may be either a boy or a girl. Recipients of this award will receive a medal, a certificate, and a ribbon bar, which may be worn in lieu of the medal, when appropriate.
We continue our support for veterans in the New Mexico VA Health Care System by donating shoe boxes each Christmas filled with toiletries, books, and other comfort items. Boxes are contributed by other chapters as well and are gift wrapped for Christmas. Contribution of comfort items is an ongoing project for the veterans.
We have participated for many years in the naturalization ceremonies located at the Convention Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Our chapter representatives welcome each new citizen and present them with a Pledge of Alliance card.
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