August 17th Saturday (6:05 PM) – SAR Night at the Ball Park - Richmond Flying Squirrels - CANCELED Location: The Diamond, Richmond, VA Details: A State Level Event.. Game is Richmond Flying Squirrels against the Harrisburg, PA Senators - Muster NLT 5:30 pm ***CANCELLED***
August 9th -11th – Atlantic Middle States Association Conference Location: Hilton Wilmington/Christiana, 100 Continental Drive,Newark, DE Details: A District Level Event. (Counts toward SAR Silver Color Guard Medal). Attendees: Davenport, Schwetke, Weyler, Kelly
August 3rd, Saturday (6:15 PM) - SAR Night at the Ball Park - AAA Norfolk Tides Location: Harbor Park, Norfolk, VA Attendees: Schwetke, Brown, Thompson Photo credit: Morgaine Beck
July 27th - Fort Laurens Annual Commemoration Location: Fort Laurens, near Bolivar, OH Details: Attendees: Peter Davenport, Bill Schwetke, Joe Dooley
July 5th - 10th – 129th Annual SAR Congress Location: Hilton Orange County, 3050 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA Details: A National Level Event. Attendees: Davenport, Schwetke, Weyler
Left to right: Dan Woodruff (dual member from SC), Virginia SAR President Peter Davenport, Brett Osborn, Bill Schwetke, Rick Abbot, Mike Weyler, Gary Green (dual member from NC).
July 4th Thursday (10:00 AM) – Independence Day at Mount Vernon Location: Mount Vernon, VA Details: A National Level Event. Medal presented by George Washington Chapter to all first time participants. Attendees: Bill Schwetke, David Adamy, Leamon Duncan, Jacob Duncan, Pete Davenport,
July 4th Thursday (12:00 PM) – Declaration of Independence Historic Event at Culpeper Courthouse Location: Courthouse Lawn, Culpeper, VA Details: A National Level Event. Attendees: Mike Dennis, Tom Hamill, Allan Lacey, Alonzo Lacey, Jr., Alonzo Lacey, III, Craig Truskey, Paul Chase, Mike Taimi, Bill Schwetke
June 29th Saturday (10:00 A.M.) - SAR Grave Marking (Patriot Col. James Wren) Location: Wren-Darne Cemetery 2615 Hillsman Street Falls Church, VA Details: A Joint Chapter Level Event. Fairfax Resolves Chapter and War of 1812. Attendees: Cook, Schmidt, Thomas, Corey, Duncan, Dennis, Osborne, Bonner, Schwetke, Davenport , Jameson
June 22nd Saturday (12:00 PM) – 241st Anniversary of the Battle of Monmouth Location: Monmouth Battlefield State Park, 16 Business Route 33, Manalapan, NJ Details: A National Level Event. Ceremony will be at the Flagpole near the Visitor's Center. Weather: Anticipated Attendees:
June 15th Saturday (2:00 PM), Culpeper Minutemen Battalion Memorial Ceremony Details: A Chapter Level Event - Culpeper Minutemen Chapter Anticipated Attendees: Mike Dennis, Tom Hamill, Charles Jameson, Marc Osborne, Mike Weyler, Peter Davenport
June 8th, Saturday (10:00 AM) - Grave Marking Ceremony for Patriot John Schultz and Dedication of Dutch Mess Location: Mount Hebron Ceremony, Winchester, VA Details: A Chapter Level Event. Colonel James Wood II Attendees: Schwetke, Weyler, Duncan, Corey, Osborne, Dennis, Eubanks
June 8th Saturday (10:00 AM) – 239th Anniversary of Ramsour's Mill Location: FD Jack Kiser School,, 301 Jeb Seagle Dr, Lincolnton, NC Details: A National Level Event. Attendees:
June 1st Saturday – Two Grave Marking Ceremonies Virginia Presidential Initiative Location: Portsmouth, VA Details: A State Level Event. Presidential Initiative. 10:00 AM Cedar Grave Cemetery, 305 Front Street, Portsmouth, VA 11:30 AM Trinity Episcopal Church, 500 Court St, Portsmouth, VA Weather: Anticipated Attendees: Davenport, Schwetke, Thomas
Cedar Grove Cemetery Trinity Episcopal Cemetery
June 1st Saturday (11:00 AM) – Commemoration of General Wayne's Crossing Day Location: Loudoun County Courthouse, Leesburg, VA. Muster at the Spirit of Loudoun Revolutionary War Memorial on the courthouse grounds in Leesburg, VA. Details: A Chapter Level Event. Fairfax Resolves Chapter. We will plan to meet for lunch at Trungo's, 2 Loudoun St SW, Leesburg, VA 20175, a 5-minute walk from the Memorial. RSVP to email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com if you plan to attend as Color Guard and/or lunch afterwards. Weather: Anticipated Attendees: Chase Inclement weather location: St. James Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall
May 27th Monday (2:00 PM) – National Memorial Day Parade Location: Washington, DC Details: A National Level Event. Medal presented by George Washington Chapter to all first time participants. Release form is required; link will be posted when available.MUSTER AT 1:00 PM. Parade officials recommend parking at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center (entrance on 14th Street near Constitution Avenue). The SAR unit's assembly site is on the east (or Capitol) side of 7th Street, N.W., on the National Mall, approximately 100 feet south of the intersection of Madison Drive and 7th Street, N.W. 1.2 mile parade route with about the same distance walking required to assembly and after dismissal. Significant restrictions on weapons. Each participant must sign and return a release form, found below, to Mike Elston. Weather: We will march "Rain or Shine" Bring water and sun screen - porta-johns available onsite Anticipated Attendees: Schwetke, Weyler
May 27th Monday (11:00 AM) – Memorial Day at Culpeper National Cemetery Location: Culpeper, VA Details: A National Level Event.Restrooms available in the Visitors Center. Weather: Attendees: Chase, Cook, Dennis, Duncan, Jameson, Taimi
May 26th Sunday (2:00 PM) – Memorial Day Ceremony at Berryville Location: Rose Hill Park, Berryville VA Details: A National Level Event. Inclement weather is barn immediately behind the band stand. Weather: Anticipated Attendees: Chase
May 25th Saturday (10:30 AM) – 239th Anniversary of The Battle of Waxhaws Location: Lancaster, SC Details: A National Level Event. We will bring Virginia soil for President Davenport to spread on the mass grave of Virginians. Weather: Anticipated Attendees: Hall, Schwetke
May 18th Saturday (2:00 PM) – Patriot Robert Thurman Grave Marking Location: 2019 Godwin Dr Manassas, VA. Details: A Chapter Level Event - Col. William Grayson - Program includes musket volleys - Will be joint marking with 1812. Weather: Attendees (Musket Volley Participants in bold): Chase, Duncan, Weyler
May 11th Saturday (10:00 AM) – The Raid at Martin's Station Location: Wilderness Road State Park, Ewing, VA Details: A National Level Event. More information here.About 50 sutlers selling 18th Century clothing and gear - a few repeats from Fort Frederick, but all of similar quality. Weather: Anticipated Attendees: Addington (TN), Corey, Raborg (MD), Schwetke, Weyler
May 4th Saturday (11:00 AM) – Compatriot Richard E. Spurr Grave Marking Location: Ivy Hill Cemetery 2823 King Street Alexandria, VA Details: A Chapter Level Event. Fairfax Resolves Chapter. Musket Volleys. Would like to have at least three (3) participants with firelocks. Attendees: Chase
April 28th Sunday (11:00 AM) - James Monroe's 261st Birthday- Not A Color Guard Event, but attendance in mufti encouraged Location: Hollywood Cemetery, 412 S. Cherry St., Richmond, VA
April 27th Saturday (11:00 AM) – Multi-Chapter Meeting at Graves' Mountain Lodge Location: Graves' Mountain Lodge, 3626 Old Blue Ridge Turnpike, Syria, VA Details: A Chapter Level Event - Thomas Jefferson, Culpeper Minutemen, Fort Harrison, Colonel Fielding Lewis, General Daniel Morgan, Colonel William Grayson, and Colonel James Wood II Chapters. Program will start at 11:00 with a ceremony to gather and dedicate the Soil of Virginia for use on the mass grave at Waxhaws on May 25th. Request that each chapter bring chapter flag, uniformed color guardsman to carry the flag, and a floor stand. Attendees: Schwetke, Chase, Duncan, Weyler, O'Kelly, Jameson, Dennis
April 20th Saturday (10:30 AM) – James Monroe's 261st Birthday - Colonial Beach Location: James Monroe Birthplace, 4460 James Monroe Highway, Colonial Beach, VA Details: A Chapter Level Event - James Monroe Chapter. Anticipated Attendees: Dennis, Jameson, Schwetke, Weyler
April 13th Saturday (11:00 AM) – Thomas Jefferson's 276th Birthday - Jefferson Memorial DC Location: Jefferson Memorial, Washington, DC Details: A State Level Event - President Davenport presented the Virginia Wreath. Attendees: ?
April 12th Friday (10:30 AM) – 243rd Anniversary of the Halifax Resolves Location: Halifax, NC Details: A National Level Event. More details available here. Also at 2:00 PM there will be a Charters of Freedom Ceremony at the Court House which will be an additional Color Guard event. Attendees: Schwetke, Hall, Cook
April 6th Saturday (10:00 AM) – DAR/SAR Joint Patriot Grave Marking Location: Mt Hebron Cemetery, 305 E Boscawen St, Winchester, VA Details: A Chapter Level Event - Col. James Wood II. Anticipate Musket Volley. Attendees (Musket Volley Participants in bold): Chase, Christensen, Corey, Davenport, Dennis, Dusenbury, Jameson, Robinson (Marc), Wyler
March 29th Friday (12:00 PM) – National Vietnam War Veterans Day Location: Winchester National Cemetery, 401 National Ave, Winchester, VA Details: A Chapter Level Event - Col James Wood II. Restrooms available behind the Visitors' Center. Coffee and donuts furnished by Red Cross Donut Dollies. Attendees: Corey, Osborn, Robinson (Marc & Clayton [prospective member]), Schwetke
March 29th Saturday – SAR Night at the Ball Park - Richmond County Little League Location: Details: A Chapter Level Event - James Monroe Chapter - Combined SAR - War of 1812 Color Guard. Attendees: Beckett, Belfield
March 16th Saturday (10:00 AM) - 238th Anniversary of the the Battle of Guilford Courthouse Location: Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, 2332 New Garden Rd, Greensboro, NC Details: A National Level Event. More information here. Attendees: Chase, Coale, Cook, Davenport, Hall, Kelly, O'Kelley, Osborn, Schwetke, Vogler, Wallenborn
March 9th Saturday (2:00 PM) – Patriot Drummond Wheeler Grave Marking Location: Wheeler-Greenville Family Cemetery, 7310 Old Compton Road, Manassas, VA Details: A Chapter Level Event - Col. William Grayson - Following Chapter Meeting at Heritage Hunt Golf & Country Club; Gainesville, VA (11:00 AM) - Program includes musket volleys Attendees (Musket Volley Participants in bold): Adamy, Bonner, Chase (commander), Cook, Corey, Duncan, Hamill, Hartman, Osborn, Schwoerer, Robinson (Eric & Marc), Schwetke
February 28th - March 2nd – Spring Trustees and Leadership Meeting Location: The Brown Hotel, Louisville, KY Details: A National Level Event. Link to registration here. Attendees: Davenport, Elston, Kelly, Osborn, Schwetke (Bill & Doug)
Gary Green of North Carolina, a dual member of the Virginia Society, was selected as the NSSAR Color Guardsman of the Year.
February 23rd Saturday (11:00 AM) – 252nd Anniversary of the Leedstown Resolves Location: Ingleside Winery, 5872 Leedstown Road, Oak Grove, VA Details: A Chapter Level Event - James Monroe Chapter. Click here for event flyer. indoor ceremony Attendees: Beckett, Belfield, Chase, Davenport, Hamill, Lyman, O'Kelley, Russell, Schwetke,
February 22nd Friday (12:30 PM) – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for George Washington Carver Museum Location: 9432 James Madison Highway Rapidan, VA Details: A Chapter Level Event - Culpeper Minutemen Chapter. Attendees: Corey, Davenport, Dennis, Ford, Hamill, Jameson, Lacey, Robinson, Wood
February 22nd Friday (11:00 AM) – Ceremony on Washington's 287th Birthday to Honor Revolutionary War Veterans in Culpeper Masonic Cemetery Location: Masonic Cemetery, North Main Street, Culpeper, VA Details: A Chapter Level Event - Culpeper Minutemen Chapter. Attendees: Davenport, Dennis, Hamill, Jameson, Lacey
Medal awarded by George Washington Chapter to all first time participants.
February 18th Monday (1:00 PM)– George Washington Birthday Parade Location: Old Town Alexandria, VA Details: A Chapter Level Event - George Washington Chapter. Attendees: Chase, Cook, Davenport, Day, Dooley, Duncan, Osborn, Schwetke
The Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard Was Awarded 2nd Place for Color/Honor Guards
photo by Carl Loveland
February 18th Monday (11:00 AM) – SAR/DAR/C.A.R. Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary Soldier Location: Old Presbyterian Meeting House, 323 South Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA Details: A Chapter Level Event - George Washington Chapter. Attendees: Chase, Cook, Davenport, Day, Duncan, Osborn, Schwetke
Photo by James Cullum of Zebra Press
Photo by Carl Loveland
February 16th Saturday (10:00 AM)– 238th Anniversary of the Crossing of the Dan Location: The Prizery, 700 Bruce Street, South Boston, VA Details: A National Level Event Attendees: Anthony (SC - NSSAR CG/CC), Bonner, Cook, Davenport, Fisher, Fritts, Green (NC), Frash (OH), Gunn (OH), Hall, Jameson, Kelly, Osborn, Owings, Powell (NC), Raborg (MD), Robinson (Eric & Marc), Schwetke, Strunk (NC), Thomas, Thornhill (NC), Williams, Wilson (NC), + 2 unknown from NC.
pictures below courtesy of Joe Chandler/Gazette-Virginian
February 8th - 9th Friday - Saturday – Virginia SAR Annual Meeting Location: Omni Hotel, 100 S 12th St, Richmond, VA Details: A District Level Event as declared by the Mid-Atlantic VPG Lou Raborg and may count toward a SAR Silver Color Guard Medal. Credit given to all who participated in period dress and/or participated in the Color Guard Workshop. Will include a Color Guard Workshop on Friday evening for two hours - there will be instruction and practice in drill with a firelock including dry firing - bring your firelock - if you don't have a firelock we will hope to have one there for you to use. Wooden flints and cartridges (like used by von Steuben at Valley Forge) will be furnished. If you have a flintlock please bring it - if you have an extra flintlock we would appreciate your allowing us to use it too. Also bring your cartridge box and bayonet.
Paul Chase was sinstalled as the new Color Guard Commander.
FRIDAY Colors will be pre-positioned and left in place – No Color Guard Activity 1900-2100 – Color Guard Workshop in James River Salon D Bring firelock, cartridge box, and bayonet – dress casual
SATURDAY 0800 – Colors will be pre-positioned in James River Salon C Attend in uniform as we will retire the colors At 0930 we will muster just outside Salon C 0945 – Retire the Colors 0955 - administratively position US and Virginia Flags in Salon D for Orations
1245 – Muster in the Atrium to board the buses 1300 – Muster by George Washington’s statue upon arrival 1330 – Post the Colors for Memorial Service 1630 – Retire the Colors
1830 – Muster inside James River Salon ABC 1900 – Post the Colors for Banquet 2045 – Color Guard Change of Command Ceremony 2100 – Retire the Colors
February 9th (10:00 AM) – 240thth Anniversary of the Battle of Kettle Creek Location: Washington, GA Details: A National Level Event. Attendees: Osborn
January 26th (10:00 AM) – 238th Anniversary of the Battle of Cowen's Ford Location: Hopewell Presbyterian Church, 10500 Beattie's Ford Road, Huntersville, NC Details: A National Level Event. More infohere. Anticipated Attendees: None from Virginia
January 18-19th Friday-Saturday – 238th Anniversary of the Battle of Cowpens Details: A National Level Event. Attendees: Davenport, Hamill, Kelly