Members of the local Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) are reminding area residents that the Fourth of July is both a time to celebrate Americans’ freedoms and a time to reflect on those who sacrificed their lives and fortunes so that others can be free.

Only 11 years elapsed from the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 to the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787.

These 11 years changed the world, according to a press release from the Sarah Riggs Humphreys-Mary Silliman DAR chapter that serves Shelton.

“Our patriots made it happen by enlisting and volunteering to serve their country,” stated the release.

American patriots are buried here

Many of the 40 patriots buried at the Huntington Burial Grounds in Shelton were willing to go against the greatest military might in the world.

Shelton families — fathers and sons — served, with names such as Judson, Leavenworth, Wheeler and Wooster.

Many were part of the Ripton Parish Militia and guarded the coast or participated in the Alarms of 1777 and 1779, when the British invaded New Haven, and burnt Fairfield, Danbury and Norwalk.

“Our veterans continue to give of themselves selflessly so that we can enjoy our Fourth of July,” DAR officials said.

One of DAR’s missions is to perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who won American independence. The group also helps maintain historic state properties.

The local chapter covers Shelton, Derby, Bridgeport, Monroe, Stratford, Trumbull and other nearby towns.

Any woman over 18 who can prove an ancestor served in the American Revolution is a prospective member. Learn more at