28 Apr 2018 Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA
Virginia SAR participants and attendees, left to right, front row: unknown, Josh Wilberger, George Corbett, Bill Greaf, 1st VP Peter Davenport, Charles Jameson, Dennis Peterson, Louis March, Mike Lyman, Peter Broadbent, Jonathan Comer; back row: Beau Robertson, 2nd VP Bill Schwetke, Charles Belfield, Bruce Meyer, Jim Russell, Dave Button.
Today 1st Vice President Peter Davenport led the Virginia SAR and eleven of its chapters in presenting wreaths and remarks at the celebration of the 260th anniversary of the birth of James Monroe, a Revolutionary War hero and our 5th president. Chapters represented included the Colonel Fielding Lewis, Colonel William Grayson, Culpeper Minutemen, Fort Harrison, General Daniel Morgan, George Mason, James Monroe, Richard Henry Lee, Richmond, Thomas Nelson, Jr., and Richmond Chapters.
In the first portion of the ceremony, President Trump was represented by US Army Quartermaster General, B/G Rodney Fogg. After his departure, G. William Thomas, Jr., president of the James Monroe Memorial Foundation took over as the master of ceremonies. Senator Amanda Chase brought greetings from the Virginia General Assembly and the keynote speaker was Congressman Dave Brat, Virginia 7th District.
As a surprise, Compatriot Peter Broadbent was presented a medal by the James Monroe Memorial Foundation for his accomplishments in their behalf.
After Peter Broadbent read the Declaration from Governor Northam, the wreaths were presented and remarks made by each presenter.
The 13th annual tribute to "Patriots & Pathfinders" at the Blockhouse at Natural Tunnel State Park was held on Saturday, April 28. The Overmountain Men Chapter was the organizing chapter along with sponsorship by the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association and the Natural Tunnel State Park.
SAR and DAR chapters from Virginia and Tennessee participated along CAR Chapters from Tennessee, as well as the Tennessee United States Daughters of the War of 1812.
VASSAR president Pat Kelly delivered the address and the NSSAR Chaplain-General John Conrad Wakefield delivered the invocation and the benediction.
Submitted by Bob Vogler, President, Col. George Waller Chapter
Below (L to R): VASSAR President Pat Kelly and Overmountain Men Chapter President Larry Frazier give welcoming remarks; NSSAR Chaplain General John Conrad Wakefield delivers invocation; Wreath Presentations; VASSAR Color Guard posts colors
Frederick Town Fife and Drum 1745-1817 Corps Recognized for their Participation in the Washington's Birthday Parade, Alexandria, VA, 19 Feb 2018
Warmest congratulations to the Frederick Town Fife and Drum 1745-1817. The Frederick Town Fife and Drum led the SAR marching contingent in this year’s Alexandria George Washington’s Birthday Parade. The George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee has been pleased to award them two awards for the their participation: 2nd Place in the category of Adult Bands and a 1st Place in the “Spirit of Washington” category. The competition among bands and marching groups was stiff and the awards are well deserved.
At the monthly chapter meeting on 14 April, the George Washington Chapter presented the SAR Heroism Medals to Sgt. Valarie Wright and Deputy Charles Winstead. On 25 Mar 2016, these two officers were instrumental in aiding a stabbing victim at the Alexandria Landmark Mall, and ensuring he was transported safely during a civil disturbance.
At the monthly George Washington chapter meeting on 14 April 2018, Curtis G. Viebranz was awarded the SAR Silver Good Citizenship Medal and the Baldwin-Jones-Tabb Medal. Mr. Viebranz had served for five years as President of George Washington's Mount Vernon and was a constant supporter of SAR's annual commemorations at Mount Vernon on Independence Day and Veteran's Day. Although Mr. Viebranz is not a member of the SAR, he was presented with the Baldwin-Jones-Tabb medal, which is typically presented to compatriots who participate in the annual SAR Independence Day celebration at Mount Vernon.
14 Apr 2018 Ball-Shumate Cemetery, Warrenton, VA
Today, April 14th, 2018, the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter placed an SAR Patriot Marker on the grave of John Ball, a soldier and patriot of the Revolution. This was the culmination of a six month long effort to research the patriot, locate the owners of the property, secure access through another property, cleanup the cemetery, install the marker and plan and execute the dedication ceremony. This was done with significant participation by Rick Jenkins, owner of the adjacent property, who has now submitted his SAR application. Ric maintains a park-like appearance on his property adjoining the woods where the cemetery is located, and not only granted us access across his property for the cleanup and ceremony he actively participated in every work party at the site. Also helping in this effort was the Fauquier Court House Chapter of the DAR, who were participants in all activities, and were heavily involved in the cleanup. Both Rick Jenkins and the Fauquier Court House Chapter, DAR, were presented Certificates of Appreciation as part of the ceremony.
CMM Past President Jerry Hubbard was the Master of Ceremonies, President Tom Hamill presented the keynote address, Virginia SAR 2nd VP Bill Schwetke represented the Virginia SAR, and all members present participated in the program in one way or another as shown in the pictures below.
Captain John Ball
John Ball was born October 2, 1742, son of William Ball and Martha Brumfield. William Ball was a first cousin of Mary Ball Washington, thus John was a second cousin, of George Washington.
We know little of John Ball’s early life, but we know he married Sarah Ellen Payne on November 6, 1767
In 1769 John Ball hired on to work George Washington’s mill as a millwright.
Early in our struggle for independence, in February 1776, he was commissioned an ensign in the 6th Virginia Regiment.
It is believed that he served at some time on George Washington’s staff
The 6th Virginia fought at Trenton, Princeton, and Brandywine, where John Ball was wounded on September 11th, 1777.
He apparently returned to Fauquier County Virginia to recover. There he ran an iron works and contributed significant material to the Revolution.
While in Fauquier County he was appointed ensign of militia in March of 1779, and Captain of militia in October of 1779. In July of 1781 Captain Ball marched with the militia to join the forces responding to Cornwallis’ arrival in Virginia.
After the Revolution John Ball retired to Fauquier County where he died in 1806. He and Sarah had at least 8 children. Sarah died in 1826, and probably lies in one of the graves next to John Ball.
Before and after the cleanup pictures of Ball-Shumate Cemetery.
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12 Apr 2018 Halifax, NC
2nd Vice President Bill Schwetke represented the Virginia SAR and led a delegation of four Virginia SAR chapters to celebrate the 242nd Anniversary of the Adoption of the Halifax Resolves in Halifax, NC. The chapters represented were the Culpeper Minutemen, Dan River, Fairfax Resolves, and George Washington. David Cook, Ralph Hall, and Bill Schwetke participated in the Color Guard. The National Society was represented by President General Larry Guzy, who was also the keynote speaker. This year's event was well attended with over one hundred participants and spectators, including over twenty 5th Grade students from the Halifax Academy.
The festivities had commenced the evening before with a reception hosted by Sam Powell, past President of the SAR Foundation. This was followed by a buffet dinner at Ralph's BBQ in Roanoke Rapids.
After the ceremony at the site of the Old Court House, buffet lunch was served at the Halifax Methodist Church.
07 Apr 2018 Russell County, VA
On a cold day, with intermittent snow flurries, about 120 compatriots, DAR members, and guests gathered to honor Robert Vicars, patriot of the revolution, by marking his grave in the Old Vicars Cemetery at Grassy Creek in Russell County. President Pat Kelly represented the Virginia SAR and had made this grave marking one of his presidential initiatives. Also attending were the Virginia SAR 1st & 2nd Vice Presidents and representatives of nine Virginia SAR chapters: Culpeper Minutemen, Fairfax Resolves, Fincastle Resolutions, George Mason, Lt. David Cox, Martin's Station, New River Valley, Overmountain Men, and Thomas Jefferson. The Virginia DAR was represented by Vice Regent Becky Rogers and Historian Holly Lynne Schmidt, as well as representatives of five chapters.
Also attending was past President of the Tennessee SAR, David Johnston, and representatives of five Tennessee SAR chapters. The event was jointly organized and conducted by members of the Virginia and Tennessee SAR.
There were a large number of Robert Vicars' descendants at the ceremony, including Virginia SAR First Lady Jennifer Kelly, and the Master of Ceremonies, Larry Underwood. As part of the ceremony, Robert Corey Vicars, a descendant of Robert Vicars, was inducted into the SAR and the Overmountain Men Chapter by Virginia SAR President Pat Kelly.
After the ceremony their was a reception at the Old Russell County Courthouse, hosted by the Russell County Historical Society.
All participants in the ceremony earned credit toward the SAR Patriot Grave Marking Medal
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