30 May 2016 Washington, DC
report by Mike Elston, Virginia SAR 1st Vice President
The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution today honored the hundreds of thousands of men and women who gave the last full measure of devotion to our country in conflicts from the Revolutionary War to the present by marching in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C. This was the SAR's 12th consecutive appearance in the parade. Led by Secretary General Mike Tomme of Georgia, the 39-member SAR unit included members from seven states and France. Chancellor General Davis Wright, Vice President General Michael Elston, Virginia SAR President Ed Truslow, past Virginia SAR Presidents Reverdy Wright, Don Reynolds and Larry McKinley, New Hampshire SAR President Brian Anderson, past New Hampshire SAR President Hans Jackson, and past Pennsylvania SAR President Ernie Sutton were joined by C.A.R. dignitaries, including National President Connor Jackson, Virginia C.A.R. State President Alex Slaughter, and Senior National Vice President for the Mid-Southern Region Rebecca Slaughter. The color guard was ably led by Virginia SAR Color Guard Commander Darrin Schmidt. Twenty-three people received the National Memorial Day Parade Medal for their participation. Overcast and 80 degrees was perfect marching weather, and a good time was had by all! Thank you to the George Washington Chapter, Virginia SAR, and its president, Greg Bodge, for providing the administrative support for this national event!