28 Apr 2019 Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA
On a beautiful Spring morning at picturesque Hollywood Cemetery 13 Virginia compatriots from 10 chapters, led by 1st Vice President Bill Schwetke, marked President James Monroe's Birthday at his tomb. Wreaths were presented by each chapter and brief remarks made. The master of ceremonies for the wreath laying and keynote speaker was Peter Broadbent of the Richmond Chapter.
Our wreath laying program was preceded by Brigadier General Heidi J. Hoyle, Chief of Ordnance of the United States Army, who presented a wreath on behalf of President Trump and also gave stirring remarks.
27 Apr 2019 Syria, VA
Leamon Duncan fills the urn, held by Tom Hamill, with Virginia Soil. The Color Guard, left to right: Commander Paul Chase, Jim O'Kelley, Bill Schwetke, Charles Jameson, Craig Truskey, and Michael Dennis. The Flags carried by the Color Guard incuded the 3rd Detachment Flag under which the Virginians fought at Waxhaws
In a brief ceremony before the Seven Chapter Meeting at Graves Mountain Lodge today, Virginia soil was gathered in an urn, blessed by Father Henry Minich, and entrusted to Virginia SAR President Peter Davenport, who will transport it to a ceremony at the Waxhaws Battlefield in four weeks. There President Davenport will spread the Blessed Virginia Soil on the mass grave of Virginia soldiers killed there on May 29, 1780.
A Certificate of Recognition and Medal of the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution were presented to Cadet Mason Burkhead at an awards ceremony of the Panther Battalion, JROTC at Charles City High School on April 26, 2019. The school and its leaders are clearly committed to developing future leaders for military service and for our communities. The awards were presented to Cadet Mason Burkhead (center) by Williamsburg Chapter President William Greaf (left) and ROTC Awards Chairman Tom Morr (right). Submitted by: Harley Stewart
26 Apr 2019 Martinsburg, WV
This evening 1st Vice President Bill Schwetke gave a talk on the Origins of the SAR, DAR, and C.A.R. at the General Adam Stephen Chapter in Martinsburg, WV. This visit to West Virginia is part of a significant effort by the Colonel James Wood II Chapter to reach out to work with neighboring chapters, even across state lines. President Dale Corey, VP Marc Robinson, and Chaplain Raleigh Watson of the Colonel James Wood II Chapter all attended the meeting. Bill is also a dual member of the Colonel James Wood II Chapter. Bill's wife, Cat, accompanied him and took these pictures.
Colonel George Waller Compatriots Participate in Living History & Dedication of New Education & Event Center at Patrick Henry's Red Hill.
On a rainy & windy April 26, Compatriots Jeff Briggs and Bob Vogler manned a living history station and attended the dedication of the new Education and Event Center at Patrick Henry's Red Hill. The event was held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the descendants of Patrick Henry. Submitted by Bob Vogler
The James Monroe Memorial Foundation held its annual commemoration of James Monroe's birthday at his recently reconstructed birthplace in Colonial Beach, Virginia Twelve VASSAR Chapters presented wreaths: Richmond, George Mason, Col William Grayson, James Monroe, Richard Henry Lee, Fairfax Resolves, George Washington, Rappahannock, Williamsburg, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Culpeper Minutemen, and Col. Fielding Lewis. G. William Thomas, Jr, President of the James Monroe Memorial Foundation served as Master of Ceremonies. Peter Davenport, VASSAR President, discussed James Monroe's contribution to history. Virginia House of Delegates member Margaret Ransone gave remarks, and Chris Snider, aide to State Senator Bryce Reeves, read the resolution honoring our former honorary Chair, Army Secretary Jack Marsh.
More details on the James Monroe Foundation can be found at www.monroefoundation.org.
Submitted by Paul Walden
Photos below: VASSAR Color Guard, G. William Thomas, Peter Davenport, VASSAR attendees
12 Apr 2019 Halifax, NC
On this pleasant, but windy day, the SAR, SR, DAR, and the community of Halifax, NC, gathered to mark that on April 12, 1776, the Fourth Provincial Congress of North Carolina, meeting here in Halifax, adopted a resolution advocating for independence for the Colonies from Great Britain. The Virginia SAR was represented by 1st Vice President Bill Schwetke; Dan River Chapter President Gary Hall; and David Cook of the Fairfax Resolves. All three marched in the Color Guard. 1st Vice President Bill Schwetke, brought greetings from the Virginia SAR and presented the Society wreath.
After a break for lunch, the Charters of Freedom Display was dedicated at the Old Court House in Halifax.. Culpeper will have a similar display as part of the Culpeper Minutemen Memorial being dedicated this Fall. The Charters of Freedom Display includes the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and uniquely in Halifax, the Halifax Resolves.
The George Washington Chapter celebrated its 65th year on 13 April 2019 at the Mount Vernon Country Club in Alexandria, with over 70 compatriots and guests in attendance. The chapter was chartered on 2 April 1954 with 14 charter members. The chapter today has over 250 members and continues to grow.
Chapter Vice President Jay Henn served as Master of Ceremonies. The event began with a Junior ROTC Bronze Medal presented to Cadet 1LT Tyler Herod, a student at Mount Vernon High School. The SAR Law Enforcement Medal was then awarded to Officer K.C. Webb with the Fairfax Police Department. Two new members were inducted by President General Warren Alter: John Easely and Michael West. During the ceremony, guests were serenaded by the talented Sgt. Don Francisco and his fife. After luncheon, greetings were brought by SAR President General Warren Alter, Virginia Society SAR 2nd Vice President Jeff Thomas, and by Kate Waller Barrett DAR Regent Claire Bennett.
The guest speaker was Holly Lynn McKinley Schmidt, Virginia DAR Historian, whose topic was “Children of the American Revolution-Training Tomorrow’s Leader” Photos below (l to r, top to bottom) Meeting attendees; anniversary cake, Fifer Francisco, President General Alter, Public Safety Awardee Officer Webb, JROTC Awardee Tyler Herod, new member inductees, 2nd VASSAR VP Jeff Thomas, Regent Claire Bennett, Guest Speaker Holly Lynn McKinley Schmidt.
Submitted by Paul Walden
The celebration, conducted at the Colonial Heritage Club on April 13, 2019, featured invitations to special guests from the City of Williamsburg, representatives from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and representatives from historic and patriotic organizations – R. Bruce Meyer, third Vice President of VASSAR – Celia Adolphi, Regent-elect of the Williamsburg Chapter DAR – Linda West of the George Wythe Chapter C.A.R. A Colonial Williamsburg fife and drummer and the Chapter color guard opened the festivities. The National Anthem was sung and compatriot Bruce Wilcox, past President-General NSSAR, then led the pledges.
William Greaf, chapter president, gave a brief overview of the history of the Williamsburg Chapter. The chapter was chartered on April 15, 1969 when NSSAR President-General Walter Sterling installed first chapter president Gerald Finn. Starting with 30 members, the chapter has grown to approximately 180 members.
A “young” Thomas Jefferson, aka Kurt Smith, a CWF Nation Builder, was the keynote speaker. Jefferson, accompanied by Bruce Wilcox, chapter past (1990} president Reginald Beane, and William Greaf, cut the 50th Anniversary cake with a sword. There was a commemorative toast to the next 50 years by all present, led by President Greaf. The celebration was then concluded by the singing of Auld Lang Syne, led by Past President Harley Stewart.
President Greaf has stated that the Williamsburg Chapter will continue to perpetuate and honor the services and sacrifices of all American Patriots who fought and supported the war for our independence. The chapter will also continue to assist schools, teachers, and the community to sustain, preserve and maintain our constitutional principles and the institution of freedom.
Submitted by: Harley Stewart