report by Lewis de Seife of the Williamsburg Chapter
19 Aug 2017 Harbor Park, Norfolk, VA
The Norfolk Chapter organized an evening at the Ball Park for the Saturday evening game between the Norfolk Tides and the Toledo Mud Hens, The home team won in 12 innings, 4-3, and the Virginia SAR had a great time. Chris Melhuish commanded the Virginia SAR Color Guard, which presented the colors for the National Anthem before the game. SAR literature was passed out, hot dogs consumed, and an exciting game was won by the home team. SAR participation was organized by Virginia SAR 2nd Vice President Tom Whetstone. Ten compatriots and twelve family members attended.
report by Charles Belfield and Mike Lyman
12 Aug 2017 Leedstown, VA
On August 12, 2017 at 10am at the entrance to the Leedstown Campground on the Rappahannock River in Leedstown. Westmoreland County, a Virginia historic road sign honoring Brigadier General John Pratt Hungerford.was unveiled. The marker was sponsored by the Society of the War of 1812 in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and many SAR members participated in the ceremony. The Culpeper Minutemen, Fincastle Resolutions, and James Monroe Chapters were represented.
Program participants, left to right: Matt Gottlieb of Virginia Department of Historical Resources; Charles Poland, President of the War of 1812 Society in Virginia and Fincastle Resolutions member; unknown, Charles Belfield, President of the James Monroe Chapter; George Beckett of the James Monroe Chapter; and Mike Lyman of the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter.
Marine Corporal Larry Bailey lost both legs below the knee and his left hand to the blast of an IED in Afghanistan six years ago. The Stephen Siller Tunnel to the Towers Foundation bought property of Larry's choice in Sumerduck, VA and on that land built a specially designed home for Cpl Bailey and his family. That very special home was dedicated on August 1st and Cpl Bailey saw his new home for the first time.
The Stephen Siller Tunnel to the Towers Foundation is named for New York Fireman Stephen Siller, who came in on his day off, donned his gear at his fire station, and was last seen entering the tunnel that led to the World Trade Center Towers. In his memory the foundation bearing his name is building special homes that meet the special needs of our warriors and first responders with serious injuries.
The Culpeper Minutemen Chapter Color Guard was honored to participate in the dedication ceremony to present the colors for the National Anthem.