report by George Washington Chapter President Paul Walden
On July 29, VASSAR President Michael J. Elston and Society of the War of 1812 in Virginia President Charles Poland dedicated a plaque listing 14 Patriots of the American Revolution and 9 Veterans of the War of 1812 buried or memorialized at Pohick Episcopal Church in Lorton, VA. The event was attended by 15 SAR, DAR and CAR chapters from the region and over 100 people. This was also the result of research by Compatriots Mike Lyman and Dick Hamly.
29 July 2017 Pfitzner Stadium, Woodbridge, VA
report by Colonel William Grayson Chapter Vice President Barry Schwoerer
29 July, 2017. The VASSAR Color Guard presented colors at a pre-game ceremony at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, VA. The Colonel William Grayson Chapter planned, coordinated the event and participated in Color Guard. VASSAR President Michael Elston in Continental uniform carried the flag of the United States of America, Colonel William Grayson Chapter Compatriot Paul Chase in Continental uniform was Color guard Commander, Vern Eubanks of the Fairfax Resolves Chapter in Continental Uniform Carried a musket, Jeff Thomas, President Fairfax Resolves in Continental Uniform carried the VASSAR Flag, Colonel William Grayson Chapter Compatriot Barry Schwoerer in militia uniform carried the Virginia Flag, Mike Taimi, President Colonel William Grayson Chapter in Continental Sailor uniform carried a cannon ram. The VASSAR Color Guard was accompanied by Paula Schwoerer, Elizabeth McIntosh Hammill Chapter NSDAR, in a Revolutionary period dress, carried the NSDAR Flag, and Jacob Schwoerer in militia uniform carried the Colonel William Grayson Chapter Children of the America Revolution Flag.
Members from the VASSAR leadership team, members of several chapters of Virginia SAR Chapters, and members from several chapters of Children of the American Revolution witnessed presentation of Colors and stayed to enjoy the ballgame between the Potomac Nationals and the Mrytle Beach Pelicans
24 Jul 2017 The Diamond, Richmond, VA
About 25 members of the Virginia SAR attended an Evening at the Ball Park to showcase the SAR to the public. This evening's event was organized and hosted by the Richmond Chapter, and members of six chapters participated: Colonel Fielding Lewis, Colonel William Grayson, Culpeper Minutemen, Dan River, George Washington, and Richmond. The Virginia SAR was represented by President Mike Elston, 3rd Vice President Bill Schwetke, and Secretary Wayne Rouse. The Virginia SAR Color Guard presented the colors for the National Anthem, the Virginia SAR was recognized on the scoreboard and by the announcer, SAR trifolds were passed out to interested men in the crowd, we had a great time, and the Flying Squirrels won in an exciting game! Next Saturday we will be at the Potomac Nationals' game in Woodbridge.
Report by Fairfax Resolves Chapter President Jeff Thomas
On Saturday, July 22, a standing room only crowd packed the Historic Fairfax Courthouse to commemorate the 243rd Anniversary of the Fairfax Resolves. 13 SAR, DAR and CAR chapters and societies presented wreaths to commemorate the signing and signers of the Fairfax Resolves on July 18, 1774. The colors were presented by an SAR, DAR and CAR Color Guard led by Commander Vern Eubanks. Virginia Society President Mike Elston brought greetings and presented a wreath of behalf of the Virginia Society, SAR. Fairfax Mayor David Meyer read a proclamation declaring the event as Fairfax Resolves Day.
George Mason, the primary author of the Fairfax Resolves, was the keynote speaker and spoke about the events leading up to the signing of the Fairfax Resolves. Several of the original signers, including Rev. Lee Massey, Rev. Townsend Dade, Jr., John Carlyle, Charles Broadwater and Robert Harrison, provided select readings from the Resolves, which the Fairfax County freeholders in attendance approved with a hearty “huzzah!” Raymond Dade, a descendant of signer Rev. Townsend Dade, Jr., participated in the program and the readings of the Resolves.
Attendees also had an opportunity to visit the Fairfax Court’s Historic Records Center to view documents dating from the founding of Fairfax County in 1742, including documents signed by George Washington, George Mason and many of the other signers of the Fairfax Resolves.
Wreaths were presented by the following SAR chapters: Virginia Society, Colonel Fielding Lewis, Colonel William Grayson, Fairfax Resolves, Fort Harrison, George Washington and Williamsburg; by the following DAR chapters: Elizabeth McIntosh Hammill, Fairfax County and Spotsylvania; and by the following CAR societies: Virginia Society, Colonel Alexander Spotswood and Colonel William Grayson.
photos furnished by Colonel James Wood II Chapter President Rob Andrews and past President Brett Osborn.
A large group from several patriotic organizations gathered at the Middletown Veterans Memorial to honor veterans. The colors were presented, remarks made by local figures, and a series of drills and mock battles by Patriot, British, and Hessian re-enactors. The SAR contingent was made up of two chapters, the host Colonel James Wood II Chapter, and visitors from the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter. The event was covered on local television. This date also marked the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Colonel James Wood II Chapter.
Local tv coverage of Patriots' Pride Day
Local patriot captured by the British
15 Jul 2017 Gretna, VA
report by Col George Waller Chapter President Bob Vogler
On Saturday, July 15, members of the Colonel George Waller Chapter and Larry Aaron of the Dan River Chapter established a living history camp on the grounds of the Historic Yates Tavern (1750) in Gretna, Virginia.
Larry Aaron who is president of the Pittsylvania Historical Society welcomed the crowd of approximately 200 to the event and program which included a debate on the front steps of the tavern regarding the issues leading up to the break with Great Britain. The visitors toured the restored tavern and circulated through the encampment asking questions about the colonial era and the American Revolution.
Cider and watermelon were served the guests and Gail Vogler of the General Joseph Martin Chapter - DAR provided instruction to children and adults on colonial games.
The Pittsylvania Historical Society, Town of Gretna, Pittsylvania County, and the Thomas Carter Chapter – DAR also provided sponsorship and support of the event
Independence Day festivities in Culpeper commenced at noon with a program by the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter that began with the Chapter Color Guard marching up Davis Street from the Train Depot to the sound a fife and drum to the Courthouse Lawn. There Culpeper Mayor Michael Olinger, County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jack Frazier, and General Assembly Delegate Nick Freitas spoke to the significance of the day. Then, Ben Franklin (wonderfully portrayed by Barry Stevens), fresh from Philadelphia, explained the deliberations that led to the Declaration of Independence. Jim Bayne then read the Declaration of Independence and invited those gathered to add their names to those who had signed the document in Philadelphia. Charles Jameson was the Master of Ceremonies. The program concluded with music by the Blue Ridge Chorale and a sequential volley by 5 muskets.
Later the Culpeper Minutemen climbed aboard a decorated trailer, towed behind Jim Bayne's truck, and led the parade down Main Street in Culpeper, followed by the DAR handing out 500 small flags to the crowd, and the C.A.R in a decorated van.. The Culpeper Minutemen were joined by Col William Grayson President Mike Taimi for the parade.
Preparing for the Parade.
UPDATE - Culpeper Minutemen Trailer Wins Best in Category Trophy!
pictures courtesy of Holly Lynne Schmidt, Tom Roth,Julie Elston, and Cat Schwetke
Over 50 SAR compatriots, plus DAR and C.A.R. members, marched to George Washington's Tomb at Mount Vernon today, conducted a ceremony in the grove by the tomb, then presented a wreath and carnations at the tomb. The event was organized and led by the George Washington Chapter. President Mike Elston represented the Virginia SAR, and along with President Emily Elston of the Virginia C.A.R. presented a wreath to honor President Washington.
Chapter Vice President Ernie Coggins organized the ceremony and was the master of ceremonies. The keynote speaker was Kelly Shepperson, winner of the Virginia SAR Rumbaugh Orations Contest, who will be competing for national honors in Knoxville next week.
Music for the march was provided by the 10 members of the Frederick Town Fife and Drum, which added considerable flair to the event.
Presidents Mike Elston of the Virginia SAR and Emily Elston of the Virginia C.A.R. present the wreath at George Washington's tomb.
President Mike Elston Interviewed by Kurdish Television