Patriots Chapter

National Society United States Daughters of 1812

Jacksonville, Florida

Welcome to Patriots Chapter
State of Florida Society
National Society United States Daughters of 1812

The National Society United States Daughters of 1812 was organized on January 8, 1892, on the anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans.  Primary purposes of the Society are to promote patriotism, to preserve and increase knowledge of the history of the American people, by preserving documents and relics, marking historic spots, recording family histories and traditions, celebrating patriotic anniversaries, teaching and emphasizing the heroic deeds of the civil, military and naval life of those who molded this government between the close of the American Revolution and the close of the War of 1812, from 1784 to 1815, inclusive, and to maintain, at National Headquarters in Washington, D.C., a museum and library of memorabilia of the 1784-1815 period.

About Our Chapter

Greetings from the Patriots Chapter 231!

Patriots Chapter was organized November 4, 1947, by Mrs. James Robert Boyd, Jr. and serves members in and around the greater Jacksonville area.  The chapter holds meetings four times a year.  Our meeting Ritual includes the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, the Salute to the Flag of 1812, the American’s Creed, and the Purposes of the Society.  The meeting also includes a Correct Use of the Flag Minute and a National Defense Minute.

Our membership is comprised of 42 members which include two Flora Adams Darling Daughters (FADDs) and four Juniors.  FADDs are members 18 through 35 years of age and Junior members who are both boys and girls from birth through age 21.  We encourage adult membership in the society as well as young members as they are the future of our organization.

Through interesting programs, the chapter educates members on our country’s second War for Independence, brings awareness to 1812 era historical landmarks and promotes patriotism.  Our newsletter, the Patriots Post, keeps members informed of upcoming meetings and activities.

Please contact the Patriots Chapter if you are interested in exploring membership in the United States Daughters of 1812.  There are more than twenty-two committees that could use your talents and interests including public relations, patriotic education and veterans services.  USD 1812 is a wonderful opportunity to honor your ancestor and participate in history, patriotism, and fellowship.

Daughters Participate Through Volunteering and Donations

Patriots Daughters support our area veterans home, the Clyde E.  Lassen Veterans Nursing Home, through donations of comfort items, puzzle books, and gift cards.  Daughters participate in Wreaths Across America ceremonies, Snowball Express events, Wounded Warrior ceremonies, attend Memorial Day and Veterans Day events, fold pocket flags for active duty service members, and observe Salute to Hospitalized Veterans during Valentine’s Week.

Patriots Chapter supports many programs through donations to the American Merchant Marine Library, the War of 1812 historic battlefields, the 1812 Era Newspaper Collection, the National Headquarters Library and Museum, Veterans Services, and four USD 1812 supported schools and colleges.

Patriots Chapter is a Vietnam War Commemorative Partner which provides an opportunity to plan and conduct events to recognize & support Vietnam Veterans and their families.   A new chapter initiative is participation in First Coast Honor Flight whose mission is to take World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam Veterans to visit their respective War Memorials in Washington, D.C.

Chapter Activities

Each year the Patriots Chapter presents Certificates of Award and Medals to outstanding high school Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) cadets who have demonstrated qualities of academic excellence, leadership and military discipline.

Left:  Presentation of Award Certificate and medal to a Clay High School cadet.

Left:  Members of the Patriots Chapter are treated to a visit by “Betsy Ross” who relays stories of her life and the creation of the first American Flag.

Right:  The Chapter takes a field trip to the Beaches Museum and History Park where they enjoy a docent-led tour of the park which included an historic chapel and early 1900’s furnished cottages.