At the August meeting of the Williamsburg Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, Bruce Laubach, President, welcomed their newest member Alex Johnston.
At the August meeting, Bruce Laubach, President of the Williamsburg Chapter of Sons of the American Revolution presented John Quarstein, award winning historian, preservationist and author a Certificate of Appreciation for his presentation about the French Navel victory in 1781, the Battle of the Capes
At the August meeting of the Williamsburg Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, Williamsburg Chapter President Bruce Laubach presents the SAR Military Service Veterans Corps Certificate to Robert Neely.
At the August meeting of the Williamsburg Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, Williamsburg Chapter President Bruce Laubach presents the SAR Military Service Medal with Vietnam Clasp Veterans Corps Certificate to David Ledbetter.
Sons of the American Revolution, Williamsburg Chapter President Bruce Laubach presented SAR Certificates of Recognition to Jake Scott, Kane Dacier and James Packer. They each received their rank of Eagle Scout at their Court or honor Troop 300 Eagle Scout Court of Honor on July 30, 2022. Pictured with Bruce Laubach are Kane Dacier, James Packer and Jake Scott.
Date: August 22, 2022
John Lynch, Vice President, presented the wreath of the Williamsburg Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution during a SAR Patriot Grave Marking in Stafford County on August 22. The Williamsburg wreath was one of the 13 wreaths presented to honor the Revolutionary War service of Private John Wallace. Private Wallace served during the entire Revolutionary War and was present at the Valley Forge encampment of 1777-1778. In attendance; included Bruce Meyer, the President of the Virginia Society of the American Revolution (VASSAR), members from ten SAR chapters, members from two Daughters of the Revolution (DAR) chapters, Delegate Tara Durant, (Virginia House of Delegates, 28th District), Supervisor Darrell English from the Stafford County Board of Supervisors, Gordon Silleck, one of John Wallace’s descendants, 18 VASSAR color guard members from six SAR chapters comprised the event’s color guard, honor guard, and musket detachment. The musket men fired three volleys at the end of the ceremony.
Pictured are: Bruce Meyer and john Lynch. Also, pictured Private John Wallace grave site.
Combined Virginia Color Guard presents colors in front of the Spirit of Loudoun Revolutionary war Memorial (Dale Corey CJW-II VA SAR)
On 12 August 1776, two-hundred and forty-six years ago plus one day, the Declaration of Independence was read, for the first time in Virginia, from the door of the original Loudoun County Courthouse by Sheriff Philip Noland. The reading on 12 August 1776 was in response to an order by Virginia Governor Patrick Henry that the Declaration must be read in every Virginia county and town. The order by Governor Patrick Henry and repeated by Loudoun County officials is recorded in a Court Order Book in the Historic Documents section of the Loudoun County Courthouse. Copies of that Order Book entry, and other historic Revolutionary War era documents were displayed by Historical Archivist Eric Larsen.
The Sgt Maj John Champe (SMJC) Chapter sponsored a re-enactment of the Reading of the Declaration of Independence with multiple Virginia SAR Compatriots in militia uniform, similar to the uniforms worn by the majority of Loudoun County men who marched off to the Revolutionary War. Representatives of Daughters and Children of the American Revolution joined SMJC SAR and shared in the reading of sections of the Declaration. A one-third size liberty bell brought by SMJC applicant, and Loudoun County resident ,Warner Workman, was rung after each section was read and the bell was rung multiple times as the reading completed. "LET FREEDOM RING" and three "HUZZAH's" were spoken loudly along with multiple rings as the ceremony closed. Children from the Reverend John Marks Society Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R) and their acting Senior President Holly-Lynn Schmidt, led the Pledge of Allegiance and handed out small American Flags and booklets of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence. Col. William Grayson C.A.R member Jacob Schwoerer was bell ringer, and carried his Society flag in Color Guard. Leesburg Mayor Kelly Burk brought greetings on behalf of Leesburg residents, and was presented a Certificate of Appreciation for her participation in the 18 June 2022 Commemoration of the Loudoun Resolves.
Declaration of Independence readers were: Barry Schwoerer (SMJC), Nancy Spannaus (Historian and Katoctin DAR), Dale Corey (CJW-II), Anita Bonner (Lanes Mill DAR), Richard Ryan (SMJC), Mayor Kelly Burk (Leesburg), Ed Spannaus (President Sgt Lawrence Everhart MD SAR), Jim Cordes (Fairfax Resolves), Joe Rohrbaugh (SMJC), Steve Riddle (SMJC), Jeff Sterling (CWG), and Ken Bonner (SMJC).
Wreaths to honor the Declaration of Independence were presented by Ken Bonner for SMJC, Vice President General Peter Davenport for the mid-Atlantic Assn. SAR, Ken Morris for George Mason, Dave Cook for Fairfax Resolves, Jeff Sterling for Col Wm Grayson, Dale Corey for Col James Wood II, Ed Spannaus Sgt Lawrence Everhart MD SAR, Nancy Watford Ketoctin DAR, Paula Schwoerer Elizabeth McIntosh Hammill DAR, Anita Bonner Lanes Mill DAR, Anne Ballenger Mary Hemings Bell DAR, and Jacob Schwoerer CWG C.A.R.
A combined Honor and Color Guard presented the Flags of the United States, Commonwealth of Virginia, 250th Anniversary of the USA, and chapter flags for SMJC, CJW-II, Fairfax Resolves, George Mason, Daughters of the American Revolution, Elizabeth McIntosh Hammill DAR, CWG C.A.R. Barry Schwoerer acted as Color Guard Commander, Darrin Schmidt was Honor Guard Commander, Clay Robinson and Richard Tyler both from CJW-II were sentries for the Liberty Bell replica and the Spirit of Loudoun memorial statue
On July 1, 2022, as part of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution’s 131st Continental Congress, NSDAR President General Denise Doring van Buren presented George Washington Chapter member Don Francisco with the prestigious Mary Smith Lockwood Medal for Education. The DAR National Board of Management established the four Founders Medals in 1995 - in the categories of Heroism, Youth Achievement, Patriotism, and Education - to honor the four women recognized as Founders of the DAR and to recognize other outstanding American citizens who give unselfishly of themselves to their community, state, and Nation. The Lockwood Medal for Education honors an individual who has shown outstanding achievement through service and leadership in promoting education outside the formal education process. In her presentation remarks, President General van Buren highlighted - among many of Don’s exceptional achievements - his remarkable interactions with visitors (particularly of the younger generation) while on duty at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.
The George Washington Chapter is extremely proud to count Don as an SAR, VASSAR, and George Washington Chapter member. Our membership has been blessed to have witnessed Don’s magic with audiences - young and old alike - as he uses music, humor, and a deep personal honesty to educate and entertain. Please congratulate him on receiving this award at your next opportunity.
NSDAR President General Denise van Buren pesents The Founders Medal for Education to Compatriot Don Francisco
Don serenading DAR Leadership and Guests at Constitution Hall during the 131st Coontinental Congress