In last year's ceremony President General Tom Lawrence, accompanied by his wife, Mickey Jo, presented the National Society wreath to the Honor Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown in Arlington National Cemetery. Escorting them were George Washington Chapter President Dwight Whitney and Virginia SAR 2nd Vice President Mike Elston.
Plan to attend this brief, but moving ceremony on Saturday, September 10th, at 4:45 PM, at Arlington National Cemetery. This annual event is organized by the George Washington Chapter and each year features our President General presenting a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown. The Virginia SAR Color Guard will also be part of the program. Watch here for more details.
from Bob Swartwood, Col Fielding Lewis Chapter Flag Chairman
Compatriots and Friends,
11 September 2016 is Patriots day. The 107th Congress buy Public Law 107 89 modified the U.S. Code establishing Patriots Day.
The following proclamation as been issue below however it is strange it omits flying the flag at 1/2 staff sunrise to sunset on 11 Sep 2016 in accordance with 36 U.S.C. § 144 : US Code - Section 144: Patriots Day. I called the office of the president to note the discrepancy.
Remember flags on fixed staffs may have a black streamer attached the length an width of a stripe.
Presidential Proclamation -- National Days of Prayer and Remembrance, 2016
NATIONAL DAYS OF PRAYER AND REMEMBRANCE, 2016
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
On September 11, 2001, a group of small and hateful minds conspired to threaten the very fiber of our country, seeking to break the American spirit and destroy our way of life. From the Atlantic to the Pacific, Americans were struck with grief as devastation and senseless loss of innocent human life unfolded. In the empty shadow of the World Trade Center, the remains of the Pentagon, and a charred Pennsylvania field where courageous passengers saved countless lives, what emerged from the ashes of that day was not defeat -- it was the heroism, compassion, and unity of the American people, which no act of terror or hate could ever take away. On September 11, we recall the true spirit of our Nation following these heinous attacks, and we resolve to enshrine the enduring compassion and love of our people forever in the heart of America.
Fifteen years later, we pay tribute to the loss of nearly 3,000 lives, reflect on treasured memories of those we lost, and resolve to never forget that day, even as we look toward a brighter and more hopeful future. We draw inspiration from the survivors who still bear the scars -- both seen and unseen -- of that tragic day. We honor the valiance of our Nation's first responders, whose instinct was not to turn back to find safety for themselves, but to run toward untold danger. We show our gratitude to those young Americans of the 9/11 Generation, who until that day lived knowing only peace, but who have answered our country's call to serve under our flag to meet the threats of our time with bravery and distinction.
In the years that have followed, with prayer and reflection, grace and faith, Americans have grieved together, held each other close, and looked out for one another. Though the void felt by those who lost a loved one on that day can never be filled, we can continue to heal the wounds inflicted by hatred by honoring the notion that, no matter our differences, we are forever united as one American family.
As we mourn on this most solemn anniversary, let us also reflect on the freedom and tolerance that define this great Nation, and let us reaffirm our commitment to preserving those fundamental values for each generation of Americans to come.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Friday, September 9 through Sunday, September 11, 2016, as National Days of Prayer and Remembrance. I ask that the people of the United States honor and remember the victims of September 11, 2001, and their loved ones through prayer, contemplation, memorial services, the visiting of memorials, the ringing of bells, evening candlelight remembrance vigils, and other appropriate ceremonies and activities. I invite people around the world to participate in this commemoration.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this ninth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first.