Park Benches For Veterans

On Tuesday, May 2nd, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) met at the Northwest Veterans Home in Bossier City to dedicate 3 benches that had been made of plastic caps and lids saved by communities all around the state. The plan was to provide 5 benches, but that soon grew to 17 benches.  Over several months 3,410 pounds of caps and lids were saved, cleaned, and taken to a facility in Illinois to be made into park benches.  For the dedication service Coushatta Chute Chapter along with St. Denis, Sabine, Cane River, and Bon Chasse chapters prepared 119 gift bags of toiletries to be distributed to the veterans along with Bibles in big print that were donated by the Louisiana Society DAR. 

Coushatta Chute Chapter is the newest DAR chapter in Louisiana.  It is named for the waterway that used to flow from Red River at about the location of where the town of Coushatta is located.  In fact, it was the first name of Coushatta.  The Indians and early settlers used it to get around part of the Great Raft that blocked the river.  It became a steamboat stop on the river between Natchitoches and Shreveport.

Any woman is eligible for membership in the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution who is eighteen years of age or older and who is lineally descended from a man or woman who served as a patriot or rendered material aid to the cause of American Independence. For information contact Norma Lester,