30 Apr 2017 Madison County, VA
Hebron Lutheran Church, near Madison, VA, was established in 1717 and has met in the same structure since 1740. About 300 members, former congregationalists, and supporters, from all over the country, gathered today to celebrate Hebron Lutheran's 300 years of service. The Culpeper Minutemen Color Guard, augmented by the Colonel William Grayson Chapter, joined the celebration by setting up a display of Revolutionary War flags, wearing various different Revolutionary War uniforms, and explaining them all to those in attendance.
Many members of the Hebron Lutheran Church were patriots during our Revolution. Five of them are believed to be buried in the church cemetery, though only one such grave is marked with a tombstone.
29 Apr 2017 Harper's Cemetery, Harper's Ferry, WV
Video of The Ceremony
On Saturday, April 29th, at 4:30 PM, in the beautiful cemetery overlooking the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers, the West Virginia Society SAR and the Virginia Society SAR joined to honor a patriot who was born, raised, and served from Culpeper County, Virginia; and died and was buried in Harper's Ferry, now West Virginia.
Last Spring, workers at Harper's Cemetery in Harper's Ferry, WV, discovered a tombstone that had been knocked over, broken, and buried. When it was uncovered it was discovered to be the tombstone of Lt. William Broadus, who fought at Barren Hill and at Monmouth. He enlisted in 1776 and served in the Virginia State Marines, then in Colonel George Gibson's 1st Virginia State Regiment and also, for a time, in General Wayne's Light Infantry. Broadus was born in Culpeper, VA in 1755, and late in life moved to Harper's Ferry, VA, where he died in 1830. His first wife, Martha Slaughter Jones, was from a prominent Culpeper Family.
The name Broadus, is, of course, familiar to the Virginia Society. Our Society President in 2014-2015 was Bill Broadus, a relative, though not direct descendant of Lt. William Broadus. Our Bill Broadus was actively engaged in the effort to restore this tombstone.
The restoration, not yet complete, is being done by Robert Mosko, an expert in tombstone restoration. Professor Mosko owns Mosko Cemetery Monument Services in Hanover, PA, which is wholly devoted to monument restorations. The West Virginia and Virginia Societies have shared the cost and time for the tombstone restoration and planning the ceremony.
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President Mike Elston led the Virginia delegation to the dedication ceremony. Six Virginia SAR Chapters participated: Colonel Fielding Lewis, Colonel James Wood II, Colonel William Grayson, Culpeper Minutemen, Fairfax Resolves, and George Washington. Six members of the Virginia SAR Color Guard participated in the Combined Color Guard and the 21 Gun Salute.
A total of eleven state societies and chapters from the SAR, DAR, and CA.R., representing three states, participated in the program. Also participating were the Mayor of Harper's Ferry, the Superintendent of the Harper's Ferry National Historic Park, and the President of the Harper's Cemetery Board of Trustees.
report by Col George Waller Chapter President Bob Vogler
On the morning of Saturday, April 29th, a ceremony was held at the birthplace of President James Monroe at his birthplace in Westmoreland County in honor of his birthday, and to dedicate the beginning of the restoration of his birthplace. President Mike Elston represented the Virginia SAR at the ceremony, which as one of his presidential initiatives. James Monroe Chapter President Charles Belfield is leading the effort to construct a replica of the family home where James Monroe was born on the original site. Eleven Virginia SAR Chapters were represented, as well as DAR, C.A.R., and other lineage and historical organizations.
28 Apr 2017 Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA
photos by Thomas Nelson Past President Bruce Meyer
14 compatriots from 8 chapters participated in James Monroe's 259th Birthday Celebration Ceremony today at his tomb in Hollywood Cemetery, overlooking the James River in Richmond. 3rd Vice President Bill Schwetke led the Virginia Society representatives and presented the Virginia SAR wreath. Wreaths were also presented by the following chapters: Colonel Fielding Lewis, Colonel William Grayson, Culpeper Minutemen, James Monroe, Richard Henry Lee, Richmond, Thomas Nelson, Jr, and Williamsburg.
The program began with Brigadier General David Wilson, Army Chief of Ordnance, representing President Trump in placing a wreath at Monroe's tomb. General Wilson then delivered remarks. The colors were presented by the U.S. Army Ordnance School Honor Guard.
The keynote speaker was former Governor of Virginia James S. Gilmore, III. Richmond Chapter compatriot Peter Broadbent acted as master of ceremonies for the wreath laying.
The recently restored cage around James Monroe's tomb look splendid in it's restored original color.
report by CJW II Past President Brett Osborn
At their April 24, 2017 Chapter Meeting the Colonel James Wood II Chapter awarded Ms. Rebecca Ebert, Archivist at Handley Regional Library in Winchester, VA, the Lydia Darragh Medal for her excellent support of the Chapter and Virginia SAR activities.
25 APR 2017 DC SAR DINNER AT THE CITY TAVERN CLUB, GEORGETOWN, DC
Four members of the Virginia SAR Color Guard participated in the District of Columbia Society 2017 Awards & Installation of Officers Dinner. Our Color Guard combined with the I.D.E.A. Public Charter High School JROTC Color Guard to present the colors. The Color Guard was invited to stay for the dinner and to listen to the guest speaker, Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky, former Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs (2001-2009). The Virginia SAR Color Guard has supported the DC Society for this and other events for several years. In appreciation for this support our Color Guard members received the DC Society Honor in Service Medal. Virginia SAR Color Guardsmen participating in this event were: Vern Eubanks, Larry McKnley, Darrin Schmidt, and Bill Schwetke. We look forward to supporting the DC Society in future events.
report by CJW II Past President Brett Osborn
The Colonel James Wood II Chapter has been very active in support of Honor Flight-Top of Virginia Group, a program to honor veterans. The chapter has donated money to the effort and provided escorts for the veterans. A recent Honor Flight trip was very special as two CWJ II Chapter members were honored: Al White, a WWII veteran and Lew Ewing, a Korean War veteran. They went to Washington, DC, saw Arlington Cemetery, Tomb of Unknown, Iwo Jima Memorial, World War II Memorial, Korean War Memorial and other sites.
CJW II Chapter Member Lew Ewing is the head of the Local Korean War Association. He helped coordinate a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknown with the South Korean Embassy. In turn the South Korean Embassy funded the second tour bus for the Honor Flight.
Alpheus (Al) White was the CJW II Chapter's first President when it was founded ten years ago. Al is a World War II veteran. CJW II Chapter Member Dale Corey, CJW II Chapter 2nd Vice President, was the guardian for Al White and helped support the trip.
21-22 Apr 2017 Richmond, VA
Over 100 people gathered at both the Library of Virginia on Friday and the Four Points by Sheraton on Saturday for the Spring Conference of the Virginia Genealogical Society. At the library society experts helped attendees with genealogical road blocks. On Saturday there was a society business meeting and a series of lectures on "DNA and Social Media Research Strategies" by Shannon Combs-Bennett.
During the business meeting, Virginia Genealogical Society President Teresa Kelley presented Compatriot Peter Broadbent a check for $500 in his honor to the Library of Virginia to assist in the preservation of historic documents. Compatriot Broadbent also received an acrylic, with a clock mounted in it, to remind him of the countless hours he had spent further the mission of the Library of Virginia and the Virginia Genealogical Society. He was been a long term officer in both organizations. He is also currently on the Board of Managers for the Richmond Chapter.