The mission of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism.

With these ideals in mind, Berryman Green Chapter, NSDAR, has co-sponsored the annual Crossing of the Dan commemoration for the past ten years in collaboration with Halifax County Middle School sixth grade students.

This year’s educational component will be virtual in conjunction with the commemorative events planned for Saturday.

The 240th Commemoration of the Crossing of the Dan will be held virtually this year via Zoom on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m., and the annual historical celebration will coincide with the ribbon-cutting and re-opening of the Crossing of the Dan permanent exhibit at the South Boston-Halifax County Museum of Fine Arts and History.

According to Melanie Hastings, HCMS sixth grade assistant principal, the teachers are working to create a virtual model in Canvas with links to relevant sites focusing on the American Revolution.

Also, the 30-minute documentary on The Crossing of the Dan will be shown.

In addition, all sixth grade students were mailed informational cards describing the Crossing of the Dan that were provided by the Halifax County Historical Society.

A member of the middle school chorus has recorded the national anthem, which will be played during the virtual celebration.

In March, the Crossing of the Dan Committee will recognize the sixth grade winners of an essay contest, which is sponsored every year to highlight the commemoration.

According to Berryman Green Chapter Regent Anne Raab, “The Crossing of the Dan is a local event that shaped our history. The committee is proud to collaborate with the middle school to promote the Crossing of the Dan and to recognize excellence in writing.”