30 Apr 2016 Natural Tunnel State Park, Duffield, VA
photos from Bob Volger
16 Virginia SAR compatriots helped hold the 2016 Tribute to Patriots and Pioneers at Natural Tunnel State Park in DUffield, VA. The Virginia SAR participation was led by 2nd Vice President Pat Kelly, who presented the Virginia SAR wreath.
28 Apr 2016 Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA
Virginia SAR president Ed Truslow represented the Virginia Society at the 258th Birthday Celebration Ceremony for James Monroe. The event was organized by Peter Broadbent of the Richmond Chapter, who is also the Vice President of the James Monroe Memorial Foundation. 7 Virginia SAR Chapters also participated and presented wreaths. President Obama was represented by BG Kurt Ryan, Commandant of the US Army Ordnance Corps.
23 Apr 2016 Westmoreland County, VA
photos furnished by Mike Lyman
Virginia SAR 1st Vice President Mike Elston led the SAR participation in celebrating James Monroe's 258th Birthday at his birthplace in Westmoreland County. Seven Chapters presented wreaths and James Monroe Chapter President Charles Belfield was the keynote speaker. The James Monroe Foundation sponsors this event each year, as well as the continuation of the program at Richmond's Hollywood Cemetery at James Monroe's tomb on the actual date of his birth.
23 Apr 2016 Syria, VA
Today 73 compatriots and wives, from 11 chapters, including the Virginia SAR President, 2nd Vice President, Secretary, Chaplin, Registrar, Surgeon, Color Guard Commander, and 3 past Virginia SAR Presidents, gathered at Graves' Mountain Lodge for the meeting of 7 Chapters. John Hamilton, of the Colonel Fielding Lewis Chapter was the Master of Ceremonies and Virginia SAR President Ed Truslow was the guest of honor.
After the opening formalities Thomas Jefferson Chapter Acting President Phil Williams offered a eulogy to Bob Short, who died in office as the Thomas Jefferson Chapter President. Then Ed Truslow installed Mackey Tilman as the newly elected president.
Wayne and Wink Rouse were then called forward, with the Presidents of all the Seven Chapters who make up the meeting. On behalf of all 28 Chapter Presidents in the Virginia Society a Culpeper Minutemen Gold Medal was presented to Virginia Society Secretary Wayne Rouse for everything that he does to help all the chapter presidents. All 28 Virginia Chapter Presidents signed the certificate.
Next all the presidents gave updates to the compatriots on activities in their chapter or society.
After a family style lunch of meatloaf, mashed potatoes, various vegetables, and apple cobbler, Virginia SAR President Ed Truslow delivered the keynote address. President Truslow talked about the men who lost America, our British opponents. He gave a brief description of each, their qualifications, and their impact on the American Revolution.
By the time we left the earlier rain was gone, the sun was out, and it was definitely spring-time in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
16 Apr 2016 Petersburg, VA
About 75 people, including representatives of 14 Virginia SAR chapters, gathered in Petersburg for the dedication of a memorial to the 19 Revolutionary War Patriots buried in Blandford Cemetery. This memorial was a Virginia SAR Presidential initiative and Virginia SAR President Ed Truslow was the keynote speaker. Other speakers included the local Delegate Lashrecse Aird, local State Senator Rosalyn Dance, and Petersburg Vice Mayor Samuel Parham. Virginia SAR Revolutionary War Graves Chairman Mike Lyman also talked on the significance of preserving the graves of Revolutionary War Patriots. The Richmond Chapter hosted the event, led by their president Brent Morgan, and Dennis Peterson who planned the ceremony and was master of ceremonies for the dedication.
The Virginia SAR Color Guard posted the colors, and fired a musket salute to the nineteen patriots that were honored. Taps was sounded by Donald Floyd of Bugles across America. Virginia President Ed Truslow, Assistant Chaplain Gene Thomas, and Mike Lyman did the honors in unveiling the marker.
The Richmond Chapter donated a permanent, lighted, US Flag display that was prominently placed between the War of 1812 Marker and the Revolutionary War Marker. The flag was raised by an honor guard of LCDR Robert Bridge, USN (ret), MSG George Corbett, USA (ret), and LTC Lowell Flickinger, USA (ret).
13 Apr 2016 Washington, DC
photos furnished by Mike Elston