Compatriots from VASSAR Chapters Colonel George Waller, Col. James Wood II, Thomas Nelson, Jr. Dan River, George Mason, Thomas Jefferson, and Culpeper Minuteman, attended the commemoration of the 238th anniversary of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse in Greensboro, NC. President General Warren Alter gave greetings as well. Submitted by Bob Vogler.
Compatriots from several VASSAR Chapters presented wreaths a James Madison's grave at his home, Montpelier. Left to Right: John Blair, George Washington Chapter, David Cooke, Thomas Jefferson Chapter, Dana Law, Richmond Chapter, , , , Ken Bonner, Fairfax Resolves. Submitted by John Blair
Compatriot John Blair, Awards Chair, George Washington Chapter, and Acting Chief Tim Keen present the VASSAR Emergency Medical Services Awards to Lieutenant Brian Marks and Technician II Jonathon Hartmann. These two first responders were recognized for providing critical treatment on a call for a fire in a basement which also included treating two police officers for smoke inhalation. Below (L to R) Technician Hartman and Lt. Marks with John Blair (left) and Acting Chief Keen (right). Submitted by John Blair
Charles Belfield presents three reasons his ancestor John Belfield entered into the Revolutionary War. I go as him in the first person and give reasons and some of the events that he would have been apart of. The first picture is of the Children in the after school group at the Kilmarnock YMCA, The next picture is of the 2-5th grade at the Light of the World Christian academy and the third one is of the 6-12th grade. During the presentation I encourage the students to participate in our youth programs.
The award for faithful and significant service to the chapter was presented to Jack Lee by President William Greaf for many years serving as chapter treasurer and chaplain. The award reflects Roger Sherman’s long service as one of the founding fathers of the United States, the only person to sign all four of our country’s great state papers. Jack Lee (left) is being congratulated by President William Greaf (right).
Submitted by: Harley Stewart
Martinsville native and Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Armour McDaniel was honored recently by Martinsville city officials, State Senator Bill Stanley, and Col. George Waller Chapter Compatriot Lt. Col. W.C. Fowlkes (Ret.) at a local restaurant.
Members of the family were presented with a resolution from the General Assembly honoring McDaniel's service and with a flag flown over the Virginia state capitol. He retired as a lieutenant colonel and served in both World War II and in Korea as a combat pilot. He retired in 1965 and died in 1989. Compatriot Fowlkes as well as others during Wreaths Across America placed a memorial wreath on McDaniel's' grave at Arlington National Cemetery.
Submitted by Bob Vogler, Chapter President, Col George Waller Chapter
1- (L to R) City Councilman Danny Turner, Compatriot W.C. Fowlkes, relative Imogene Draper, State Senator Bill Stanley and City Councilwoman Jennifer Bowles.
2- Lt. Colonel Armour McDaniel's grave at Arlington National Cemetery
George Washington Chapter Public Safety Awards Chairman John Blair presents the VASSAR Life Saving Award to Deputy Myrna Juarez. Deputy Juarez was off duty when she came upon a vehicle accident on Interstate 95. She was the first on the scene and administered first aid to the victim until EMS arrived.
At Spring Leadership Mike Elston was selected for the Minuteman Award, which will be awarded to him at the Congress in California this Summer. Mike is well known to Virginia compatriots for his service to the Virginia Society, including being our president in 2017-18. Mike has also been very active at the National level, and this service is being recognized by the SAR's highest individual honor. To quote the NSSAR Handbook: "The Minuteman Award is the highest award presented to a Compatriot for active and distinguished service rendered to the National Society. Annually at the Spring Leadership Meeting, the Minuteman Committee (appointed by the President General from members holding the award) will select and announce no more than six award recipients for the current year."
Mike Elston has contributed much to our National Society and the Virginia Society is extremely proud to see his contributions recognized by this high honor.
Flag Certificate presented to J. W. Painter, General Sales Manager of Harrisonburg Ford in recognition of their proper display of the American Flag. Compatriot Sheap (on left) also presented the Chapter's Veterans Service Certificates to Mike Ansboro, an employee, and to Nelson Schwartz, the dealership owner
Flag Retirement Certificate presented to Russell Lockey, Scout Master of Boy Scout Troop #42 in recognition of their proper disposal of worn American Flags in 2018. Submitted by Kirk Sheap