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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.
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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POSTPONED TO SATURDAY OCT 24th, 2020 – 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
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 16th (10:00 AM) Saturday – Grave Marking - Patriot Private Mathew Anderson Location: Ware Episcopal Church 7825 John Clayton Memorial Highway (AKA State Rt. 14) in Gloucester County, VA Details: A Chapter Level Event. The Thomas Nelson Jr Chapter is sponsoring this ceremony, held on Saturday November, 16 2019 and beginning at 10:00 AM. We will be on site by 9:00. Color Guard should arrive by 9:15 to get the layout & make final adjustments. Anderson was a member of Dabney’s Legion of Calvary for three years, he also served in the Virginia Continental Line, and gave material support. Weather: Anticipated Attendees: Brown
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: Bonner, Dennis, Hamill, Jameson, Melhuish, Schwetke (Bill & Doug), and Weyler
December 8 2019 Sunday (5 pm) - Annual Honor and Remember Gold Star Family Dinner Location: The Founders Inn, 5641 Indian River Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23464 Details: Sunday, December 8 at 5pm. Honor and Remember founder, Mr. George Lutz, has requested a VASSAR Color Guard for the 10 th annual Honor and Remember Gold Star Family dinner. This is an event attended by several hundred people – many of whom have lost loved ones in combat, including George Lutz. This will mark the sixth consecutive year that the VASSAR has provided a Color Guard to this notable event. CG members gather at the Founders Inn no later than 4:15 pm. Kick off is at 5 pm. Dinner will be offered by the organizers, if desired. Event coordinator is Chris Melhuish. Weather: Indoors event. Anticipated Attendees: Melhuish and Schwetke
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: Dennis, Hamill, Jameson, and 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.