News of the Chapter

Chapter members attend Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Mountain Cemetery

in Sonoma, California to honor Captain William Smith, a Revolutionary Soldier buried there!


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Chapter member donating time to fill "With Love From Home" boxes

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Article in the Napa Register on December 27th, 2020



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Each year in December, holiday wreaths are placed on the graves of U.S. veterans at over 2,100  cemeteries in all 50 states, in a program called Wreaths Across America.  At Arlington National Cemetery in DC, over 267,000 wreaths are placed by volunteers.  These ceremonies enable us to remember fallen U.S. veterans and honor those who currently serve.

The Napa chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Vineyard Trails Chapter, NSDAR, has participated in the event at the Veterans Home Cemetery in Yountville for many years, helping to place 1,500 wreaths.  But this year, it was canceled due to Covid-19.

The DAR chapter still wanted to honor veterans at this time and was able to create two events – at the Veterans Memorial Wall, Tulocay Cemetery, and the Napa Elks Lodge 832, held on Thursday, December 17.  Following the Pledge of Allegiance and The National Anthem, holiday wreaths for each of the six branches of the U.S. military were placed on easels in front of the wall by members of the American Legion Post 113 in Napa, a captain of the Nurse Corps, United States Navy Retired.  The American Legion Honor Guard provided a rifle salute and a bugler played Taps. 

At the Elks Lodge ceremony, a large wreath was hung representing all the branches of service, and another for veterans of the Vietnam War.  DAR members read the names of 23 soldiers from the Napa Valley who died in that war.  

“Even though these two ceremonies were much smaller in scale than the annual event, they were no less meaningful,” said Regent, Dana Baumgardner.  “It is so important that we show our veterans and their families, and those currently serving, that we appreciate their sacrifices.”

The Vineyard Trails Chapter, NSDAR, has served the Napa community for over 50 years and is one of approximately 3,000 chapters across the country and several foreign countries. Members are descendants of Patriots who won American independence during the American Revolutionary War.

Any woman eighteen years or older, regardless of race, religion, ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a Patriot of the American Revolutionary War, is eligible for membership.  For more information about this amazing service organization, please contact us.

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Tulocay Cemetery Veterans Memorial Wall, Napa, California

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Wappo Indian minute notes, September 2020

Talahalusi means "beautiful land" in the Wappo language.

The Napa Valley area is one of the longest inhabited areas in California; uninterrupted for 10,000 years. Napa means "land of plenty" in the Wappo language.

They were hunters and gatherers who lived in small communities. Their homes were made out of branches, leaves, and mud. They were particularly well known for their skill at basket weaving, with a weave so tight that the baskets could hold water.

The 1770 population was estimated between 1,000 - 1,650 by 1850, to 200 after the Mexican invasion in 1823 and dispersal to the Spanish mission schools.

In 2010 at the last census, 291 self-identified as Wappo.

A longtime resident of Napa and prominent Native American activist Jim Big Bear King, described the Napa Valley. “It was a paradise, a cultivated paradise where one only had to reach out their hands to eat, a place rich in beauty, water, and food”. He spent the second half of his life in the Napa Valley, was co-founder of the Suscol Intertribal Council which still exists today, and was an activist in the American Indian movement starting in 1968.

Another Napa area resident and Wappo, Laura Fish Somersal, born 1892, died 1990 in Windsor, was the last fluent speaker of Wappo, in particular, and skilled basket weaver lived her life and died in the Napa Valley.

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Two New Members and guests - January 2020

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January 2020 meeting - Mayflower descendants

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A prospective member found this monument in Santa Fe, New Mexico!

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December 2019 - Wreaths Across America at the Yountville Veteran's Home Cemetery

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 Fourth of July Parade

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In December our chapter participates in Wreaths Across America at the Sacramento Valley Veterans National Cemetery in Dixon and the California Veterans Home in Yountville. Our chapter was asked to lay the wreath at the grave of Medal of Honor recipient, Julius H. Stickoffer, in Yountville. We also take Christmas cards and gifts to the veterans.

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