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Virginia Guardsmen, as you know there have been several recent cancellations and expected schedule changes. These are made out of an abundance of caution and concern for the health and welfare of our Compatriot members and families. I will endeavor to update this site with the most current information that I receive or become aware of. Please let me know of any changes that come to your attention and I'll use that to keep others informed. In the meantime, please stay healthy and I look forward to our next events together! Ken
Compatriot Paul Chase, with the Col William Grayson Chapter, was the guest speaker at the January 16, 2020 Annual Manassas Volunteer of the Year Dinner at the Red Barn Galleria, attended by 93 community and business leaders from the area.
He spoke on the contributions of American women to the success of the Revolution.
VASSAR Color Guard Change of Command Semi-Annual Meeting 14 September, 2019
Brett Osborn of the Colonel James Wood II Chapter was unanimously voted the Virginia SAR Color Guardsman of the Year for 2018
Gary Green of North Carolina, a dual member of the Virginia Society, was selected as the NSSAR Color Guardsman of the Year at Spring Leadership.
Update from 2019 Congress: At the Color Guard Breakfast at the recent Congress only one issue was raised and voted on. This was the approval of proposed Policy and Procedures. Though it was not clear what was voted on, it will probably turn out to be the version of the Policy and Procedures published in the April Color Guardsman. The motion was raised, the debate cut off, and the motion passed, with a significantly different membership than normally attends the Color Guard Committee meetings at Leadership Meetings. Though some version of the Policy and Procedures was approved by the committee, it will not be implemented until review by the Legal and Insurance and Risk Management Committees. A new subcommittee was formed to work with those two committees to make the Policy and Procedures conform to their requirements. There will likely be changes resulting from this coordination that will be voted on at Fall Leadership. Virginia is represented on this new subcommittee by Bill Schwetke.
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April 4, 2020 Saturday 11:00 am) - 245th Anniversary of Patrick Henry's Speech - CANCELLED - WILL BE RESCHEDULED!! St. John's Church has closed all upcoming services and events, and this event will be rescheduled. Location: Historic St. John's Church, 2401 E Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23223 Details: This is a Chapter - level event, sponsored by the Richmond Chapter, VASSAR. This event is a full-costumed re-enactment and performance of Patrick Henry's famous speech on 23 March, 1775, where he spoke the words "Give me Liberty or Give me Death". The performance includes a wreath-laying opportunity and optional lunch afterwards. Participants are encouraged to attend in your 18th century finest! Please see the attached flyer for additional details, and RSVP to email@example.com if you wish to present a wreath and/or attend the luncheon. Weather: Attendees: Bonner
April 4, 2020 Saturday (3:30 pm) - Patriot Grave Marking - CANCELLED - WILL BE RESCHEDULED!!! Location: Old Ebenezer Baptist Cemetery, 20421 Airmont Road, Bluemont, VA 20135 Details: This Chapter - level event, also a VASSAR Presidential initiative, is sponsored by the Col William Grayson Chapter, VASSAR. We will mark the graves of 13 Revolutionary War Patriots and 24 War of 1812 Veterans. Weather: Attendees: Bonner, Carroll, Chase, Cook, Dennis, Duncan, Jameson, Robinson (Marc), Schwetke, Schwoerer
April 6, 2020 Monday (9:30 am) - NSDOAF Annual Meeting - CANCELLED - WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR APRIL, 2021 Location: U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1301 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC Details: This is a fraternal organization and first annual meeting of the National Society Descendants of American Farmers 1776 - 1990 (NSDOAF), and the VASSAR CG has received a request to provide support. The keynote speaker is U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue. The NSDOAF mission is to honor our ancestor farmers who were such an important part of the success of our beloved country by awarding higher education scholarships to students who will follow in our ancestor's footsteps. Many members of NSDOAF are also members of the NSSAR and NSDAR. For more information, please see https://www.nsdoaf.com. Weather: Attendees:
April 19, 2020 Sunday (3 pm) - Patriot's Day - CANCELLED Location: Lexington Minuteman Memorial, Section 1 Arlington National Cemetery Details: This is a National - level event, organized locally by the Fairfax Resolves Chapter, VASSAR memorializes the eight men of the Lexington Militia killed in action on 19 Apr 1775. We will meet at the second guard post (one at the “T” intersection) and carpool to the site where we will hold a wreath laying ceremony. The Cemetery will not allow large flags or weapons. POC is Dave Cook, 1st VP Fairfax Resolves Chapter, firstname.lastname@example.org. Weather: Attendees:
April 24 - 26, 2020 (Thursday - Sunday) - Fort Frederick 18th Century Market Fair - CANCELLED Location: 11115 Fort Frederick Road, Big Pool MD 21711. (Take Exit 12 off I-70 MD 56 (Big Pool Road) Big Pool, Indian Springs. Follow signs about 1 mile to the fort). Details: The annual Fort Frederick 18th Century Market Fair features the best period artisans, craftspeople, and sutlers together with an 18th Century encampment. Explore Maryland's French and Indian War era stone fort built in 1756. See hundreds of reenactors and 18th century sutlers (vendors) selling 18th C. period wares: paintings & prints, clothing & fabric, books, camp gear, flintlock rifles, fowlers, muskets, powder horns, bags, fireplace & cooking hardware, lanterns, copperware, etc. Attend the Auction on Saturday for great buys on items donated by the sutlers - all auction proceeds benefit the Park. Hosted by the "Friends of Fort Frederick" in partnership with the staff of Fort Frederick State Park. Hours are Thursday, April 23, through Saturday, April 25 from 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday, April 26, from 9 am to 3 pm. Entrance fees are Adults - $5, Children 6 to 12 - $2, Children 5 and under – Free. 4-Day Passes Available.For more information, visit http://friendsoffortfrederick.info/market_fair.htm. Weather: Attendees:
May 23, 2020 Saturday (10:30 am) - 240th Commemoration of the Battle of Waxhaws Location: Lancaster, SC Details: This is a Chapter - level event sponsored by the General Francis Marion Chapter, SCSSAR. The SAR contact for laying wreaths is: Greg Ohanesian, Chapter President P.O. Box 1373 Bennettsville, SC (843) 479-7193 Fax: (843) 833-4457 Weather: Attendees: Melhuish
May 25, 2020 Monday - National Memorial Day Parade Location: Washington DC and various locations. Details: This is a National - level event, organized locally by the George Washington Chapter, VASSAR Weather: Attendees: Bonner, Schwetke
May 30, 2020 Saturday (11 am) - 239th Commemoration of Wayne's Crossing Location: Revolutionary War Statue, Loudoun County Courthouse, 18 E Market Street, Leesburg, VA 20176 Details: This is a Chapter - level event, hosted by the Fairfax Resolves Chapter and commemorating the crossing of the Potomac River by General Wayne’s army on 31 May 1781. The army passed through Leesburg on 3 June in route to joining General Lafayette’s Army. Local law enforcement does not permit weapons at this event. POC is Dave Cook, 1st VP Fairfax Resolves Chapter, email@example.com. Weather: Attendees: Bonner, Cook, Schwetke
June 6, 2020 Saturday (2 pm) - Patriot Grave Marking Location: Ketoctin Baptist Church, 16595 Ketoctin Church Road, Purcellville, VA20132 Details: This Chapter - level event, also a VASSAR Presidential initiative, is sponsored by the Col William Grayson Chapter, VASSAR. We will mark the graves of Revolutionary War Patriots and War of 1812 Veterans. Weather: Attendees: Cook, Schwetke
June 13, 2020 Saturday - Culpeper Minutemen Memorial Wreath Laying Location: Culpeper Minutemen Memorial, Culpeper, VA Details: Time and additional details will be provided soon. Weather: Attendees: Bonner, Schwetke
July 4, 2020 Saturday - Independence Day and March to the Tomb Location: George Washington's Mount Vernon Details: This is a National - level event, organized locally by the George Washington Chapter, VASSAR. Weather: Attendees: Bonner, Schwetke
July 18, 2020 Saturday (11 am) - 246th Commemoration of the Signing of the Fairfax Resolves Location: Pohick Church, 9301 Richmond Highway, Lorton, VA 22079 (US 1 & Telegraph Road) Details: This Chapter-level event honoring the memory of the signers of the Fairfax Resolves. POC is Dave Cook, 1st VP Fairfax Resolves Chapter, firstname.lastname@example.org. Weather: Attendees: Bonner, Cook
August 7 - 8, 2020 Saturday - Sunday - Atlantic Middle State Association (AMSA) Location: The Cosmos Club, 2121 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008 Details: This is a Mid-Atlantic Region event, hosted locally by the DC Society NSSAR. For more information, please see the refer to the attached flyer or contact Gary Nordlinger - Nordling@gwu.edu or 202-255-2434. Weather: Attendees: Bonner, Schwetke
August 15 - 16, 2020 Saturday - Sunday - 32nd Annual Nansemond Pow Wow Location: 1001 Pembroke Lane, Suffolk, VA Details: Date, time and agenda to be confirmed. This Chapter-level event hosted by the Nansemond Indian Patriot Chapter, VASSAR. Weather: Attendees: Badamo, Bonner, Schwetke
September 5, 2020 Saturday - 239th Commemoration of the Battle of the Capes Location: Norfolk, VA Details: Date, time and agenda to be confirmed. The Battle of the Chesapeake, also known as the Battle of the Virginia Capes or simply the Battle of the Capes, was a crucial naval battle in the American Revolutionary War that took place near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay on 5 September 1781. The combatants were a British fleet led by Rear Admiral Sir Thomas Graves and a French fleet led by Rear Admiral Francois Joseph Paul, the Comte de Grasse. The battle was strategically decisive, in that it prevented the Royal Navy from reinforcing or evacuating the besieged forces of Lieutenant General Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown, Virginia. The French were able to achieve control of the sea lanes against the British and provided the Franco-American army with siege artillery and French reinforcements. These proved decisive in the Siege of Yorktown, effectively securing independence for the Thirteen Colonies. Weather: Attendees: Schwetke
September 12, 2020 - President General Wreath Laying at ANC Location: Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery Details: This is a National - level event. Date, time and agenda to be confirmed. Weather: Attendees: Bonner, Schwetke
September 12, 2020 - Gathering at Sycamore Shoals Location: Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W Elk Avenue, Elizabethton, TN Details: This is a National - level event and date to be confirmed. The year was 1780. The tide of the Revolution had turned against the colonists. The British, forced out of New England, gained new allies in the divided South and won victory after victory in a bloody civil war. Charleston had fallen, and American forces had crumbled at the battle of Camden. But then the impossible occurred…The frontiersmen of the western mountains began a long march, gathering an army along the way, from the highlands of Virginia to the hills of South Carolina. At a place called King’s Mountain, they destroyed British forces and opened the way for the final American victory at Yorktown. Weather: Attendees:
October 3 - 4, 2020 Saturday - Sunday - 246th Commemoration of the Battle of Point Pleasant Location: Point Pleasant, WV Details: This is a National - level event, of interest to the VASSAR. Weather: Attendees: Bonner, Schwetke
October 7, 2020 Wednesday (11 am) - 240th Commemoration of the Battle of Kings Mountain Location: Kings Mountain National Military Park, 2625 Park Road, Blacksburg, SC. Details: This is a National - level event, of interest to the VASSAR and co-hosted by the SCSSAR and NCSSAR. The Battle of Kings Mountain was a military engagement between Patriot and Loyalist militias in South Carolina during the Southern Campaign of the American Revolutionary War, resulting in a decisive victory for the Patriots. The battle took place on October 7, 1780, 9 miles (14 km) south of the present-day town of Kings Mountain, North Carolina in what is now rural Cherokee County, South Carolina, where the Patriot militia defeated the Loyalist militia commanded by British Major Patrick Ferguson of the 71st Foot. The battle has been described as "the war’s largest all-American fight". Weather: Attendees: Schwetke
October 9 - 11, 2020 Friday (9 am) - Sunday (3 pm) - Wildnerness Road/Raid at Martin's Station - Rescheduled! Location: 8051 Wilderness Road, Ewing, VA Details: This is a National - level event sponsored by the VASSAR and hosted by the Friends of Wilderness Road State Park. Saturday the 9th events begin with the raising of colors and wreath laying at 10 am. Re-enactment battles are held at 1 pm and 8:30 pm. Parking is $10 per vehicle admission on Friday and Saturday and $4 on Sunday. Weather: Attendees: Bonner, Schwetke
October 17, 2020 Saturday - 239th Commemoration of the Battle of Yorktown (9:15 AM) - Yorktown - Wreath Laying at Nelson's Tomb; (10:30 AM) - Yorktown Day Parade Location: Yorktown, VA Details: A National Level Event sponsored by the VASSAR. Muster at 8:45 for wreath laying - stakes for flags. Picture will be taken immediately following wreath laying. For parade muster as soon as the wreath laying is over at assigned muster location that will be provided that morning. Another picture, of all parade participants, will be taken just to the left of where we fall out from the parade. Included below are overhead and ground pictures of the muster sites for the Nelson tomb Grace Episcopal Church, and I plan to be at site by 8:30 am. Cmdr, VASSAR Color Guard. Location: Yorktown, VA Details: This is a National - level event. Weather: Attendees: Bonner, Schwetke
October 24, 2020 Saturday (2 pm) - 41st Anniversary of the Fairfax Resolves Chapter Location: Historic Fairfax County Courthouse, Fairfax, VA Details: This Chapter-level event commemorates the founding of the Fairfax Resolves Chapter, SAR. POC is Dave Cook, 1st VP Fairfax Resolves Chapter, email@example.com. Weather: Attendees: Bonner, Cook
November 11, 2020 (Wednesday) - Veterans Day Commemoration Location: George Washington's Mount Vernon. Details: This is a National - level event, organized locally by the George Washington Chapter, VASSAR. Weather: Attendees: Bonner, Schwetke
December 5, 2020 (Saturday) - 245th Commemoration of the Battle of Great Bridge Location: Chesapeake, VA Details: This is a State - level event, of interest to the VASSAR and commemorating the Battle of Great Bridge was fought December 9, 1775, in the area of Great Bridge, Virginia, early in the American Revolutionary War. The victory by colonial Virginia militia forces led to the departure of Royal Governor Lord Dunmore and any remaining vestiges of British power over the Colony of Virginia during the early days of the conflict. Following increasing political and military tensions in early 1775, both Dunmore and colonial rebel leaders recruited troops and engaged in a struggle for available military supplies. The struggle eventually focused on Norfolk, where Dunmore had taken refuge aboard a Royal Navy vessel. Dunmore's forces had fortified one side of a critical river crossing south of Norfolk at Great Bridge, while rebel forces had occupied the other side. In an attempt to break up the rebel gathering, Dunmore ordered an attack across the bridge, which was decisively repulsed. Colonel William Woodford, the Virginia militia commander at the battle, described it as "a second Bunker's Hill affair". Shortly thereafter, Norfolk, at the time a Loyalist center, was abandoned by Dunmore and the Tories, who fled to navy ships in the harbor. Rebel-occupied Norfolk was destroyed on January 1, 1776 in an action begun by Dunmore and completed by rebel forces. Weather: Attendees: Bonner, Schwetke
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Information from the 15 Sep 2017 & 09 Feb 2018 Color Guard Workshop. Includes how to join the Color Guard, uniform options, basic drill, weapons & safety, and medals.