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COLOR GUARD SCHEDULE
HISTORY - Place your cursor over the main "Color Guard" tab to see the Color Guard history by year since 2017.
Since our State Society Annual Meeting on 09 February 2019 the Virginia SAR Color Guard has covered 44 events with 63 guardsmen participating from 16 chapters. So far 15 Guardsmen have participated in three or more national/district events to have a year qualifying for the Silver Color Guard or von Steuben Medals.
At the Annual Meeting Banquet Paul Chase assumed command of our Color Guard - we are in good hands!
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.
COLOR GUARD SCHEDULE
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September 20th - 21st Friday - Saturday – NSSAR Fall Leadership & Trustees' Meeting Location: The Brown Hotel Details: A National Level Event. Indoor event. Weather: Friday: Saturday: Anticipated Attendees: Schwetke
September 28th Saturday (10:00 AM) – Middletown Patriots' Pride Day Location: Middletown, VA Details: A Chapter Level Event - Colonel James Wood, II Chapter. Weather: Anticipated Attendees: Schwetke, Bonner
October 5th - 6th Saturday - Sunday – 245th Anniversary of the Battle of Point Pleasant Location: Point Pleasant, WV Details: A National Level Event. Parade, Dinner, & Dance on Saturday. Church Service & Memorial Ceremony (2:00 PM) on Sunday. Weather : Saturday Sunday Anticipated Attendees: Schwetke
October 7th (11:00 AM) Monday – 239th Anniversary of King's Mountain Location: Kings Mountain National Military Park, 2625 Park Rd, Blacksburg, SC Details: A National Level Event. Weather : Attendees: Schwetke
October 12, 2019, Saturday, 3:30 pm - Patriot Foushee Tebbs Grave Marking Location: Tebbsdale Plantation, Old Possum Point Rd., Dumfries, VA Details: A Chapter Level Event - Col. William Grayson, POC: Curtis Robb: Curtis.email@example.com, Musket Volleys & Taps, From US Hwy 1 turn east on Possum Point Rd (Rd #633) and go 1.6 miles. Turn left on private gravel road and go about 100 yards stopping at an old dirt road on left behind locked gate. Grave yard is on left in about 25 Yards. Note: Gravel road is driveway for a few houses. DO NOT BLOCK. Weather: Anticipated Attendees: Bonner, Duncan
October 19th, 2019 Saturday – Yorktown Victory Day (9:15 AM) - Yorktown - Wreath Laying at Nelson's Tomb; (10:30 AM) - Yorktown Day Parade Location: Yorktown, VA Details: A National Level Event. For wreath laying 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. Weather: Anticipated Attendees: Corey, Schwetke, Weyler, Bonner, Duncan
POSTPONED - DATE TO BE DETERMINED – Culpeper Minutemen Monument Dedication
Location: Yowell Meadow Park, Culpeper, VA Details: A State Level Event. Presidential Initiative.. A significant monument in honor of the Culpeper Minutemen will be dedicated on the 244th Anniversary of the Battle of Hampton. The Battle of Hampton was the first engagement in Virginia between our Patriot Ancestors, primarily the Culpeper Minutemen, and British Royal Forces; in this case Patriot Light Infantry engaged the Royal Navy and Marines, It was a decisive victory for the Patriots, resulting in the capture of one Royal Navy Ship while the remaining ships fled the scene. This Monument is a large granite slab in a specially landscaped area of the park with benches and interpretive panels. Watch for further details. Weather: Anticipated Attendees: Davenport, Dennis, Hamill, Jameson, Lacey, Schwetke, Duncan
November 2nd (10:00 AM) Saturday - TNSSAR & VASSAR Joint Grave Marking - Patriots Abraham Hayter (Father) & (Son) Israel Hayter Location: Hayter Litton Cemetery, 7213 Hayters Gap, Rd., Saltville, VA 24370. The Hayter Litton Cemetery is a very scenic place surrounded by the Mountains. Take I-81 exit 24, Meadowview. Cemetery is 15 minute drive North from exit. Details: GEN William Campbell Chapter VASSAR is the sponsor. Contact Michael Shaver, President, GEN William Campbell Chapter VASSAR, firstname.lastname@example.org. Abingdon, VA, was the base of origin of the Mustering of the Overmountain men who traveled to Kings Mountain to defeat Patrick Ferguson which was according to Thomas Jefferson was the "Turning Point of the American Revolution." This is the first of two joint events planned for the same day. The Shavers operate a B&B in Abingdon, Check out their website if you need accommodations www.shaversofabingdonbandb.com. Anticipated Attendees: Bonner
November 2nd (2:00 PM) Saturday - TNSSAR & VASSAR Joint Grave Marking - Jacob Beeler, Henry Herklerode, & Frederick Weaver Location: Beeler Cemetery, Beeler Rd., Bristol, TN. Beeler Cemetery is located up the hill on Beeler Rd behind residence at 2413 Weaver Pike. Bristol, TN, is about a 25 minute drive to I-81 exit 3. Details: Sponsor is Kings Mountain Chapter TNSSAR, contact is David Carr email@example.com, Kings Mountain Chapter President. This is the second of two joint events planned for the same day. Anticipated Attendees: Bonner
Planning joint picture on Main Street in Bristol VA/TN in conjunction with this. Probably Virginia SAR Presidential Initiative.
Any Veterans Day Color Guard Event counts as a National Level Event for Silver Color Guard or von Steuben Medal credit. Find one and participate!
November 11th (11:00 AM) Monday – Veterans' Day at Culpeper National Cemetery Location: Culpeper, VA Details: A National Level Event Weather: Anticipated Attendees: Weyler, Chase
November 11th (2:00 PM) Monday – Veterans' Day at George Washinton's Tomb Location: Mount Vernon, VA Details: A National Level Event. Enter through the Purple Heart Gate, tell them that you are there for the SAR Ceremony. Muster at 1:30 at General Washington's Tomb. Weather: Anticipated Attendees: Schwetke, Bonner
December 7th (11:00 AM) Saturday – 244th Anniversary of the Battle of Great Bridge Location: 1775 Historic Way, Chesapeake, VA Details: A National Level Event. Weather: Anticipated Attendees: Schwetke (Bill & Doug), Weyler, Bonner
December 14th (12:00 PM) Saturday – Wreaths Across America
Any Wreaths Across American Color Guard Event counts as a National Level Event for Silver Color Guard or von Steuben Medal credit. Find one and participate!
Location: Various locations - see below Details: A National Level Event
Alexandria National Cemetery: Weather: Anticipated Attendees: Bonner
Arlington National Cemetery: Weather: Anticipated Attendees:
Culpeper National Cemetery: Weather: Anticipated Attendees: Schwetke
Dogwood Vietnam Memorial, Charlottesville, VA: Meet at the Fire Station across the street at 11:30 AM Weather: Anticipated Attendees:
COLOR GUARD WORKSHOPS - Download the files below for information on suitable Color Guard uniforms and supplies
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.