Mr. Bill Willliamson spoke to the Williamsburg Chapter at the Colonial Heritage Club on July 10.. His topic was “The Old Guard,” the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, which is the oldest active-duty unit in the Army serving our nation since 1784. It is the Army’s official ceremonial unit and escort to the president. The Old Guard specialty platoons discussed were: Caisson, Continental Color Guard, Fife and Drum Corps, Presidential Salute Battery, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and U.S. Army Drill Team. Williamson attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and served 27 years in a number of high level command assignments including the 3rd Infantry Regiment at Fort Myer, VA.
Williamsburg Chapter Vice President Stephen McGuffin, left, is pictured presenting Williamson with a Certificate of Appreciation and a Jefferson Cup.
On July 10 the Williamsburg Chapter met at the Colonial Heritage Clubhouse and its President Roger Cross presided at an induction ceremony for Paul Pyle and Thomas Reese. Cross,
L to R, is shown presenting SAR Membership Certificates to Pyle and Reese.
21 Aug 2021 Elkwood, VA
William Clarke was a free black man who served in the Continental Army from the earliest days of the war until the end. In a ceremony this Saturday the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter placed a brass SAR Patriot Marker in Madden Cemetery where it is believed that William Clarke was buried. This cemetery, near Culpeper, is on land that was owned by Willis Madden, his son-in-law the husband of his daughter, Kitty..
Virginia SAR President Jeff Thomas, four other Virginia SAR chapters (Fairfax Resolves, George Mason, Col James Wood II, and Col William Grayson), one DAR Chapter, the Governor of the Virginia OFPA, and descendants of William Clarke joined the Culpeper Minutemen in the ceremony. Culpeper Minutemen President Charles Jameson was the master of ceremonies and Virginia SAR Color Guard Commander Ken Bonner commanded the Color Guard. William Madden, a William Clarke descendant, unveiled the marker.
After the ceremony participants were treated to BBQ at the home of William Madden courtesy of Charles and Michele Jameson.
All pictures below courtesy of Doug Graves
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Eagle Scouts were recognized by the Williamsburg Chapter at a Court of Honor of Troop 103 held at United Methodist Church (Jamestown Road) on July 8, 2021. Certificates by the National Society and scholarship applications were presented by chapter member Bruce Laubach.
Bruce Laubach is a past president of the Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence (ancestor Gov. Thomas Nelson Jr.) and an Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 103
Pictured, from the left, holding their certificates are Eagle Scouts Kourage Craig, Ethan Wunibald, and Isaac Scruggs with Laubach 2nd from left.
Roger Cross, president of the Williamsburg Chapter, unveiling the grave marker