17 Feb 2017 South Boston, VA
On February 14, 1781, General Greene narrowly beat his pursuer, Cornwallis, across the Dan River. Reaching safety on the north bank of the river, after also destroying the boats Cornwallis would have needed to cross the river, Greene was able to rest, replenish, and reinforce his army. His renewed force would later cross the Dan again to meet Cornwallis at Guilford Courthouse and inflict crippling casualties on Cornwallis' force. Today the NSSAR celebrated this feat of arms.
The Virginia Society, and the Dan River Chapter hosted this national event. President Pat Kelly led a strong delegation from the Virginia SAR and presented the Virginia Society Wreath. President Kelly was also joined by the 1st VP, 2nd VP, 3rd VP, and Surgeon of the Virginia SAR in marching, in uniform, in the Color Guard. The 11 Virginia Chapters presenting wreaths were the Colonel George Waller, Colonel William Grayson, Culpeper Minutemen, Dan River, Fairfax Resolves, Fort Harrison, George Mason, George Washington, Norfolk, Thomas Jefferson, and Thomas Nelson, Jr. Chapters.
The SAR celebration began with a welcoming dinner at Ernie's Restaurant. During this festive event President Kelly installed the 2018 Officers for the Dan River Chapter.
On Saturday morning a crowd of about 100 gathered in the Prizery in South Boston for the Celebration Ceremony. Virginia SAR past President Phil Williams was the master of ceremonies. The keynote speaker, Michael Cecere, talked on "The War Comes to Virginia", the topic of his latest book.
After the indoor ceremony the entire group marched in parade to Constitution Square, where wreaths were presented.