“Patriot´s Day — September 11th — is the moment to get together for a traditional minute of prayer in commemoration of this day,” says the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)*, España Chapter, on their remembrance ceremony 17 years after the 9/11 attacks.
But as the Day falls on a Tuesday, the DAR deems it “more practical for all those who could accompany us to meet on Sunday the 16th. As in previous years, we will meet at the Parque Juan Carlos I – at the site where the American Embassy planted 10 red oaks brought from the US on the 10th anniversary of the attack on the Twin Towers.”
Location and transportation
Parque Juan Carlos I, Madrid
Private vehicles: The main parking lot is located just off the Glorieta Don Juan de Borbon
Public transport: Metro Campo de las Naciones/Feria de Madrid (Line 8); Buses 104, 112, 133
In 2011 the U.S. Embassy donated a stand of 10 American oak trees in Madrid’s Parque Juan Carlos I. The ten-oak Memorial Grove was planted in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States and dedicated to the memory of all victims of terrorism around the world. The then Prince and Princess of Asturias, Felipe de Borbon y Grecia and Leticia Ortiz (now the reigning Monarch of Spain and Queen Consort), and Ambassador Alan Solomont and wife Susan, presided over the inauguration and dedication of the grove on Sunday, September 11, 2011, at 12:00 p.m. Among the others on hand were the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs Trinidad Jimenez and Madrid Mayor Alberto Ruiz Gallardon as well as members of the diplomatic corps and representatives of Spanish victims of terrorism.
* Daughters of the American Revolution
The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children.
DAR members volunteer millions of service hours annually in their local communities including supporting active duty military personnel and assisting veteran patients, awarding thousands of dollars in scholarships and financial aid each year to students, and supporting schools for underserved children with annual donations exceeding one million dollars.
As one of the most inclusive genealogical societies in the country, DAR boasts 185,000 members in 3,000 chapters across the United States and internationally. Any woman 18 years or older — regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background — who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible for membership.
DAR’s España Chapter was the first Units Overseas Chapter to be confirmed in the twenty-first century. After months of hard work on the part of Mrs. Carol Rilling (Units Overseas Committee) and Mrs. Ann Peavey for Genealogy, (Units Overseas Committee), we held our organizing meeting in Madrid, Spain, on February 3, 2001, with ten organizing members in attendance.
As part of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution we share the three-fold purpose of the National Society: education, historic preservation, patriotism, while at the same time developing our project of education within Spain to make known the important role that Spain played in aiding the American colonies and gaining independence for the U.S.A.
We would like to research and document the role of Spaniards and the Spanish Crown in the American Revolution and make this little known fact generally recognized.
Featured image/DAR Facebook page, Fair Use
Flowers/Christoph Rupprecht, CC BY-SA2.0
Map/Ayuntamiento de Madrid, www.madrid.es
Parque Juan Carlos 1/Tila Monto, CC BY-SA3.0
Planting of memorial oaks/Casa Real/Borja Fotografos, Fair Use