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
On a rainy Saturday, April 13, members of the Colonel George Waller Chapter and the General Joseph Martin Chapter-Daughters of the American Revolution participated in a living history day at the historic Yates Tavern built in 1750 and located in Grenta, Virginia. The event was sponsored by the Pittsylvania Historical Society and the Thomas Carter Chapter-DAR. The activities included blacksmithing, powder horn etching, colonial children toys, sewing & spinning, and a military encampment.
Submitted by Bob Vogler, President, Col. Geo. Waller Chapter
Below: Photo 1- Compatriots (L to R) Bob Vogler, Gene Reamey, Jeff Briggs, & Andy Doss;
Photo #2- Camp scene
A Certificate of Recognition by the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution was presented to new Eagle Scout William (Wil) Bornschein at Jamestown Presbyterian Church at a Court of Honor of Troop 102. The ceremony was conducted by the Order of the Arrow (OA), the BSA National Honor Society. The certificate was presented by chapter past-president Harley Stewart (left) to Wil Bornschein (center) with Chris Colvin (right) troop scoutmaster.
Submitted by: Harley Stewart
Friday evening April 12th the Combined Color Guard of the James Monroe Chapter and the Richard Henry Lee Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and the War of 1812 Society in Virginia presented the Colors for the Northumberland County Little League opening ceremony. Jim Russell, George Beckett, Hugh Markham and Charles Belfield pose with one of the Leagues team.
The Col. James Wood II Chapter held a Revolutionary War Marking Ceremony for Capt. Adam Heiskell who was a member of the "Dutch Mess" serving with Gen. Daniel Morgan during the War. The ceremony was held at the Mt. Hebron Cemetery in Winchester VA on Saturday April 6th. The President of the Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution assisted with the Color Guard duties and dedication of the new Memorial headstone. Those attending as Honor Guard and participants in the photo were, left to right: Paul Christensen, Rev. Raleigh Watson, Marc Robinson, Rev. James Simmons, Clay Robinson, Peter Davenport (President VASSAR), Mike Weyler ( President Col. William Grayson Chapter), Paul Chase (VASSAR Color Guard Commander), Patrick Corey, Mike Dennis (Culpeper Minute Men Color Guard Commander), Deborah Corey, Dale Corey (President Col. James Wood II Chapter) and Charles Jameson (1st VP, Culpeper Minute Men Chapter).
Additional members of the CJWII chapter who participated were Wayne Barringer, Marshall DeHaven, Don Dusenbury, Gary Fletcher, Stephen Gahr, Fred Gill, Jack Lillis, Bob Thomasson, Bill Wood (piper). Also participating in the wreath ceremony was Sara Boppe, (Registrar Fort Loudoun Chapter of the DAR).
President William Greaf (left) and Vice President Jay Smith (center) of the Williamsburg Chapter present speaker Randolph Flood (right) with a Jefferson Cup and Certificate of Appreciation.
Randolph Flood’s topic was “26 Years of the American Revolution.” He is Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of the American Revolution Consortium for Civic Education to educate fellow citizens about the Revolution, which is headquartered in Williamsburg, Virginia. Flood is Vice President of the American Revolution Roundtable in Williamsburg-Yorktown. He also teaches classes as a Historical Interpretive Instructor at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown where 74,000+ individuals have taken his classes.
Submitted by: Harley Stewart