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Congratulations to Dave Cook on his selection as VASSAR Color Guardsman of the Year for 2020. Dave's selection was first announced during our Color Guard workshop on 4 February by then VASSAR President Bill Schwetke. In this picture, Dave is physically receiving his award during the NSSAR Special Congress on 13 March - from left to right, VASSAR Color Guard Commander Ken Bonner, VASSAR Color Guardsman of the Year Dave Cook, and NSSAR Color Guard Commander Lou Raborg.
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November 11, 2021 Thursday (1 pm) - Veterans Day Commemoration Location: George Washington's Mount Vernon. Details: This is a National - level event, organized locally by the George Washington Chapter, VASSAR. If you're interested in participating, please register at https://gwsar.org/event-4524645. Weather: Attendees:
December 4, 2021 Saturday (11 am) - 246th Commemoration of the Battle of Great Bridge Location: TBA Details: This is a National - level event, hosted by the Norfolk Chapter, Virginia SAR. Please refer to the attached file for information regarding accommodations, and to register your participation in this event. And, inform Kenneth Hawkins, with the Norfolk Chapter, at firstname.lastname@example.org of your plans by not later than 8 November, 2021. This event commemorates the Battle of Great Bridge, fought 9 December, 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 1 January, 1776 in an action begun by Dunmore and completed by rebel forces. Weather: Attendees: Bonner, Greaf, and Weyler
December 26 2021 Sunday and January 2 Sunday - "Ten Crucial Days" Wreath Laying events Location: Washington Crossing Historic Park, Trenton Battle Monument, and Princeton Battlefield Colonnade and Memorial Grove Details: These are National - level events, organized locally by the Princeton Chapter, NJSSAR. The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR) will be laying wreaths to commemorate the heroic actions of the Continental Army and local militia that defeated Hessian and British Troops during the “Ten Crucial Days” of America’s War for Independence from Great Britain, December 25, 1776 to January 3, 1777. Color Guard units from all state societies are invited, representatives from the legacy units, local elected officials, and the President General of the NSSAR will be attending.