4 Jun 2017 Richmond, VA
Today a crowd of about 30 people gathered at Shockoe Hill Cemetery in Richmond, VA, to dedicate new tombstones for 8 Revolutionary War Veterans, 3 War of 1812 Veterans, and 35 Confederate Veterans. Past President Larry McKinley presented the Virginia SAR Wreath, and members of six chapters participated in the program: Colonel Fielding Lewis, Colonel William Grayson, Culpeper Minutemen, Fairfax Resolves, George Mason, and Richmond. Peter Davenport coordinated the Color Guard and Darrin Schmidt commanded the Color Guard. Three Color Guardsmen fired a three-volley salute, which was followed by taps.
Those Honored Today
Private Anselm Bailey, 1st Virginia State Regiment
Matross Charles Broach, 1st Continental Artillery Regiment
Lieutenant William Carter, Henrico County Militia
Private Andrew Duncan, Montgomery County Militia
Private Thomas Griffin, Albemarle County Militia
Corporal John Potts, 7th Virginia Regiment
Captain John Pryor, 1st Continental Artillery Regiment
Private Andrew Smith, Virginia Volunteer Artillery
03 Jun 2017 Leesburg, VA
The Fairfax Resolves organized and conducted the first annual Commemoration of General Wayne's Crossing of the Potomac, held to day at the Spirit of Loudoun Statue on the lawn of the Loudon County Courthouse. A crowd of about 30 people gathered and the event participants included the DAR, C.A.R., local government. 3rd Vice President Bill Schwetke presented the Virginia Society wreath and 3 Virginia Chapters participated: Colonel William Grayson, Culpeper Minutemen, and Fairfax Resolves.
As part of the program, the Fairfax Resolves "musterd in" three new members, Adam and Noah Esper, and Justin Thomas.
29 May 2017 Brookneal, VA
report by Colonel William Grayson Chapter President Mike Taimi
On May 29, 2017, The Colonel William Grayson Chapter initiated and planned for presentation and retirement of Colors, presentation of a wreath and delivery of comments commemorating the 281st birthday of Patrick Henry at his tomb at Red Hill Plantation. A Virginian, Patrick Henry is remembered for his "Give me liberty, or give me death!" speech, and served as the first Governor of Virginia, from 1776 to 1779. The Patrick Henry National Memorial is located at 1250 Red Hill Road, Brookneal, Virginia. Colonel William Grayson Chapter was represented by Chapter Vice President, Barry Schwoerer.
Three members of the Elizabeth McIntosh Hammill Chapter of DAR also attended as well three staff members of the Patrick Henry Memorial, one Graduate American History Student from UVA, and three members of the public visiting the Memorial.