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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.
COLOR GUARD SCHEDULE
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January 18, 2020 Saturday (10 am) - 239th Commemoration of the Battle of Cowpens Location: Cowpens National Battlefield, 4001 Chesnee Hwy, Gaffney, SC 29341 Details: This is a National - level event, of interest to the VASSAR and hosted by the Daniel Morgan Chapter SCSSAR. The Battle of Cowpens was an engagement during the American Revolutionary War fought on January 17, 1781, between American Colonial forces under Brigadier General Daniel Morgan and British forces under Lieutenant Colonel Sir Banastre Tarleton, as part of the campaign in the Carolinas ( North and South ). Weather: Attendees: Osborn, Schwetke
February 1, 2020 Saturday (10 am) - 239th Commemoration of the Battle of Cowen's Ford Location: Hopewell Presbyterian Church, 10500 Beatties Ford Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078 Details: This is a National - level event, hosted by the Mecklenburg Chapter NCSSAR. The Battle of Cowan's Ford was was fought on 1 February 1781 at Cowan's ford on the Catawba River in northwestern Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, between a force of about 5,000 British and fewer than a thousand Americans who were attempting to slow the British advance across the river. The American general William Lee Davidson was killed in this battle. Weather: Attendees:
February 8, 2020 Saturday (2:30 pm) - 241st Commemoration of the Battle of Kettle Creek Location: TBD Details: This is a National - level event, hosted by the GASSAR. The Battle of Kettle Creek (February 14, 1779) was a minor encounter in the back country of Georgia during the American Revolutionary War. It was fought in Wilkes County about eight miles from present-day Washington, GA. A militia force of Patriots decisively defeated and scattered a Loyalist militia force that was on its way to British-controlled Augusta.The victory demonstrated the inability of British forces to hold the interior of the state, or to protect even sizable numbers of Loyalist recruits outside their immediate area. The British, who had already decided to abandon Augusta, recovered some prestige a few weeks later, surprising a Patriot force in the Battle of Brier Creek. Georgia's back country would not come fully under British control until after the 1780 Siege of Charleston broke Patriot forces in the South. Weather: Attendees: Osborn
February 15, 2020 Saturday (10 am) - 239th Commemoration of the Crossing of the Dan Location: The Prizery, 700 Bruce Street, South Boston, VA 24592 Details: This is a National - level event, of interest to the VASSAR and hosted by the Dan River Chapter VASSAR. For those in town the night before this event, the 239th Crossing of the Dan Committee cordially invites you to attend a casual "Meet & Greet" on Friday, February 14 at 6:00 p.m. at Ernie's Restaurant, 1010 John Randolph Blvd., South Boston, Virginia for the Seafood Buffet; "Dutch Treat", (~$18 plus beverage, tax & tip). Please see the attached flyer for additional details about this event including accommodations options. For additional information, please contact Jeff Myers, Registrar for the Dan River Chapter at 434-665-6127 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Weather: Attendees: Bonner, Schwetke
February 17, 2020 Monday (11 am) - Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution Location: Old Presbyterian Meeting House, 323 S Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 Details: This is a National - level event. Weather: Attendees:
February 17, 2020 Monday (1 pm) - George Washington Birthday Parade Location: Old Town Alexandria - further details will be posted. Details: This is a National - level event. Weather: Attendees: Schwetke
February 22, 2020 Saturday (10 am) - 244th Commemoration of the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge Location: Moore's Creek Battlefield, 200 Moore's Creek Dr, Currie, NC 28435 Details: This is a National - level event, hosted by the NCSSAR. In the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge in North Carolina on February 27, 1776, during the Revolutionary War (1775-83), American forces defeated the British. The victory ended British authority in North Carolina and provided an important boost to Patriot morale. Within two months of the American victory, on April 12, 1776, North Carolina became the first colony to vote in favor of independence from Britain. Weather: Attendees:
March 14, 2020 Saturday (10 am) - 239th Commemoration of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse Location: Guilford Courthouse National Military Part, 2332 New Garden Road, Greensboro, NC 27410 Details: This is a National - level event, of interest to the VASSAR and hosted by the NCSSAR. The Battle of Guilford Courthouse in North Carolina, on March 15, 1781, proved pivotal to the American victory in the American Revolutionary War (1775-83). Although British troops under Lieutenant General Charles Cornwallis (1738-1805) scored a tactical victory at Guilford Courthouse over American forces under Major General Nathanael Greene (1742-86), the British suffered significant troop losses during the battle. Afterward, Cornwallis abandoned his campaign for the Carolinas and instead took his army into Virginia, where in October of that year he surrendered to General George Washington (1732-99) following the Battle of Yorktown, the last major land battle of the war. Weather: Attendees: Bonner, Cook, Schwetke
April 4, 2020 Saturday (1 pm) - Patriot Grave Marking Location: Old Ebenezer Baptist Cemetery, 20421 Airmont Road, Bluemont, VA 20135 Details: This is a Chapter - level event, sponsored by the Col William Grayson Chapter, VASSAR. Marking the graves of 13 Revolutionary War Patriots and 24 War of 1812 Veterans. Weather: Attendees: Bonner, Schwetke, Schwoerer
April 19, 2020 Sunday (3 pm) - Patriot's Day Location: Lexington Minuteman Memorial, Section 1 Arlington National Cemetery Details: This is a National - level event, hosted 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, email@example.com. Weather: Attendees: Bonner
May 8 - 10, 2020 Friday - Sunday - Wildnerness Road/Raid at Martin's Station Location: Ewing, VA Details: This is a National - level event sponsored by the VASSAR. Weather: Attendees: Bonner, Schwetke
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 is a VASSAR - level Presidential initiative marking 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, email@example.com. Weather: Attendees: Bonner, Cook
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 Chapter, VASSAR. Weather: Attendees: 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: 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 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, firstname.lastname@example.org. Weather: Attendees: Bonner, Cook
November 11, 2020 Wednesday 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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