On Monday, September 11, 2017, members of the Chief Solano Chapter and a couple of HODARs helped to spruce up the historic naval cemetery on Mare Island in Vallejo (about 900 interred). It is the oldest naval cemetery on the West Coast, established in 1854 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. Clean up activities included painting the fence, trimming shrubs, pulling weeds, and raking leaves. The vegetation debris was taken to the Oakland Zoo to feed the animals – recycling! Volunteers found the grave site of Anna Arnold Key Turner, a member of the DAR and daughter of Francis Scott Key, composer of our national anthem. A plaque was dedicated to her and placed at the end of her crypt by the former Sequoia Chapter, the first chapter organized in the State of California in 1891.
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