Mike Geisinger, President, of the Dan River Chapter, presents a Sons of the American Revolution Flag Certificate to the Guthrie family of Halifax, Virginia for their patriotic display of the United States Flag. Their reason for this display is to show “Honor and Respect for all those who fight to protect this country; Past, Present and Future.” Below (left to right); Mike Geisinger, Tony, Robin and Lewis Guthrie.
Submitted by Mike Geisinger
24 Jun 2018 Mattanock Town, VA
The Nansemond Nation participated in the American struggle for independence, and, as a result, probably all tribal members are eligible for SAR, DAR or C.A.R. membership as appropriate. A member of the tribe, Tom Badamo, and his three sons, recently joined the Long Island Chapter, SAR in New York. The president of that chapter, Joe Vermaelen, then took on the task of bringing more members of the tribe into the SAR. Since a large number of the tribe live on or near their original homeland in Suffolk County, VA, it followed that a new chapter in Virginia could be formed from the Nansemond Nation.
A big step forward to that goal was made this past Sunday with the organizational meeting of the new chapter, which adopted the name "Nansemond Indian Patriots Chapter". At this meeting eight new members were inducted and a slate of officers elected for the chapter. The next meeting will be in conjunction with the Atlantic Middle States Association District Meeting in Newport News on August 10th and 11th. The Virginia SAR Color Guard has been invited to participate in the Annual Nansemond Pow Wow on August 18th and 19th.
Submitted by Bill Schwetke, 2nd VP, VASSAR
Elected Officers for Nansemond Indian Patriots Chapter
President & Chaplain - Sam Bass
Vice President - Earl Bass
Secretary - Joe Vermaelen
Treasurer - Jerod Bass
Registrar - Tom Badamo
Chancellor - Mike Elston
20-23 Jun 2018 Washington, DC
On opening night of the 127th DAR Continental Congress President General Larry Guzy brought greetings from the SAR. Virginia SAR compatriots were also in attendance with their DAR wives: Virginia SAR 2nd Vice President Bill Schwetke and his wife Cat, George Washington Chapter Treasurer Jay Henn and his wife Bonnie, and Williamsburg Chapter President Bill Greaf and his wife Elizabeth.
SAR Day/Night at the Ball Park is, for the second year, a Virginia SAR Presidential Initiative
Spread the Word - Have Fun
05 Apr 2018 Pfitzner Stadium, Woodbridge, VA
10 members of the Virginia SAR Color Guard (including two C.A.R. members) and one DAR Flag bearer presented the colors for opening night for the Potomac Nationals. They were joined by a sizable crowd of compatriots and friends in the stands to promote the SAR, DAR, and C.A.R.
06 Apr 2018 Haley Toyota Field, Salem, VA
On Friday evening the Fincastle Resolves Chapter hosted a Night at the Ball Park with a nice contingent of compatriots and wives, and the Virginia SAR Color Guard, who presented the colors for the National Anthem.
14 Jun 2018 The Diamond, Richmond, VA
report submitted by Richmond Chapter President Dennis Peterson
Flag Day Celebrated by Virginia SAR and the Richmond SAR
The Virginia SAR and the Richmond SAR celebrated Flag Day in America at the Richmond Diamond June 14. Twenty-two Richmond Compatriots, wives, children and friends were on hand along with four members of the VASSAR Color Guard to cheer our National emblem on its birthday. Members of four VASSAR Chapters were represented. During an Eastern League baseball game between Richmond and Portland, ME, about 5,000 fans heard the SAR introduced three times by the public-address announcer and witnessed a welcome message posted on the giant center field scoreboard. It was a great evening of fellowship for our Compatriots, many of whom answered questions about the SAR from fans. All in all, the evening boosted community awareness of the Sons of the American Revolution and our mission.
All Saints Catholic School (Manassas, VA) Students Awarded for SAR Brochure Contest by Colonel William Grayson Chapter
Three seventh grade Social Studies/American History Students at All Saints Catholic School, Manassas, VA were recognized for producing the best tri-fold brochures for the annual Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) Brochure Contest sponsored by the Colonel William Grayson Chapter Virginia Society, SAR. Eliza Rhodes won first place with a brochure on the United States Constitution. She was awarded $50, a certificate, first place blue ribbon and a SAR Good Citizenship pin. Mary Collins won second place with a brochure on the Bill of Rights. She was awarded $25, a certificate, and a second place red ribbon. Mehek Jamil won third place with a brochure on the Declaration of Independence. She was awarded $15, a certificate and a third place white ribbon.
Ms Devon Bell was the teacher for classes that produced a total of eighteen brochures for the contest. For her support of the Brochure contest she was presented a SAR Certificate of Appreciation. Presenting awards was Colonel William Grayson Chapter Vice President Barry Schwoerer who wore the uniform of one his Patriot Ancestors, a member of the New Hampshire Militia.
All members of SAR must prove they are lineal descendants of a man or woman who provided support for the American Revolution. For additional information on SAR, and the Colonel William Grayson Chapter visit their webpage at http://colonelwilliamgrayson.virginia-sar.org or on Facebook by searching for colonel william grayson chapter, sar.
Submitted by Barry Schwoerer,
L-R: Barry Schwoerer, Ms. Devon Bell, Mehek Jamil, Mary Collins, Eliza Rhodes
16 Jun 2018 Yowell Meadow Park, Culpeper, VA
The Culpeper Minutemen Chapter, two DAR Chapters, and one C.A.R. Society gathered today in Yowell Meadow Park, near where the Culpeper Minutemen first mustered in 1775, to honor them. Historian Jack Lynch and President Tom Hamill of the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter shared the master of ceremony duties and five chapter members participated in the color guard. Virginia SAR 2nd Vice President Bill Schwetke brought greetings from the Virginia Society, then President Tom Hamill read a brief history of the Culpeper Minutemen. This was followed by the reading of the Roll of Honor. As in past years, the names of twelve of the known Culpepr Minutemen were read in alphabetical order, and after each name a bell was rung, and a brief biography read. Those honored today included:
Samuel S. Baker Private Fauquier
Phillip Ballard Private Fauquier
Peter Barker Corporal Fauquier
David Blackwell Private Fauquier
Joseph Blackwell Private Fauquier
William Blackwell Captain Fauquier
William Bliss Drummer Fauquier
Benjamin Bohon Private Orange
John Bohon Private Orange
William Bohon Soldier Orange
Samuel Boyd Surgeon Fauquier
_____ Bruce Captain Orange
Following the Roll of Honor wreathes were presented by the Virginia SAR; the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter, SAR; the Culpeper Minute Men Chapter, NSDAR; the Fauquier Court House Chapter, NSDAR; and the Ashby Gap Chapter, C.A.R.
This was followed by a musket volley, then taps, played by Gerry Schuck of Bugles Across America.
After the ceremony, the Culpeper Minutemen held their June Chapter Meeting in Luigi's Restaurant in Culpeper.
Virginia Society Chancellor Eric Monday was the speaker at the annual Martinsville-Henry County Flag Day Ceremony held in the "Historic Henry County Court House- the Heritage Center" in Martinsville. His address was “Flags of the American Revolution."
By local governmental proclamation, the General Joseph Martin and the Patrick Henry Chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution sponsor the event each year. The ceremony included patriotic music, recognition of veterans in the audience, and the posting and retiring of the colors by members of the Martinsville-Henry County Veterans' Honor Guard.
Submitted by Bob Vogler
Eric Monday giving his address
(L to R) Patrick Henry-DAR Chapter Regent- Marcia Bauserman, Eric Monday, and Gen. Joseph Martin Chapter-DAR Regent- Susan Kanode
The Fairfax Resolves chapter presented a Flag Certificate to Bull Run Elementary School on Flag Day for their patriotic display of a new United States Flag throughout the school year. Chris Costanza, the school’s flag patrol sponsor, accepted the Flag Certificate on behalf of the school. The chapter also presented flag certificates to 5 members of the school’s flag patrol who raised and lowered the school’s flag throughout the year.
The school retired their old flag at the beginning of the school year and presented it to the Fairfax Resolves chapter for disposal. The chapter retired the school’s flag on Flag Day during a ceremony with the Children of the American Revolution at Freedom Memorial in Great Falls, VA, attended by Virginia Society C.A.R. President Molly McCue.
Submitted by Jeff Thomas
In recognition of Flag Day, members of the Col. James Wood II Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) presented a certificate to the City of Winchester to recognize the flag display at the downtown roundabout. At today's certificate presentation, Chapter President, Dale Corey, stated, "It is a great honor for me to see a display such as this that honors our country, the state, the City of Winchester, and all patriotic Americans. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts."
SAR member and Co-chair of the Flag Awards Committee, Father Raleigh Watson, stated, "Not everyone displays the flag properly, and if you get one of these certificate from us, it means we've been keeping an eye on you and you've done very well." (first photo below)
Also, the chapter presented a Flag Certificate to the Virginia Department of Transportation Office in Edinburg, VA on this same day (second photo below).
Submitted by Dale Corey
L to R: Marc Robinson (CJWII VP); Dale Corey (CJWII President); Rhonda Funkhouser (VDOT); Matthew Smith (VDOT); Lloyd Ingram (VDOT); Raleigh Watson (CJWII Flag Committee Chair).