report submitted by New River Valley Chapter President Terry Blevins
The New River Valley Chapter, SAR installed Jerry Ray Ford, Jr. of Blacksburg, VA and Matthew Bowles of Narrows, VA as its newest members on September 25, 2017 at the Giles County Historical Museum in Pearisburg, VA.
The chapter also presented Herman Blevins, of Floyd, VA, a World War II Medal with Purple Heart for his service with Third Army, Fourth Armored Division in Europe at this meeting.
report by Barrett Swink
24 Sep 2017 Manassas, VA
The Colonel William Grayson (CWG) Chapter Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) and the Elizabeth McIntosh Hammill (EMH) Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) have partnered to participate in Patriotic events throughout Virginia this year. To allow the EMH Chapter to participate without borrowing a DAR flag, the CWG Chapter of SAR purchased a new DAR flag and presented it to the EMH Chapter at their September Chapter meeting.
So far this year the CWG and EMH Chapters have joined forces to recognize various patriots and events. These include Patrick Henry at his tomb at Redhill Plantation, Brookneal, VA; the placement of a Patriot of the American Revolution Marker on the grave of Patriot James Campbell in Alexandria, VA; and the celebration of the 243rd anniversary of the Fairfax Resolves at the Historic Fairfax Court House. Both Chapters will participate in the Yorktown Victory day celebration at Yorktown 19 October. The CWG Chapter will support DAR for the Commemoration of WW 1 at the Historic Prince William County Courthouse in Manassas on Veterans Day 2017, and the EMH Chapter will march with CWG Chapter in the Greater Manassas Veterans Day Parade on 4 November.
22 Sep 2017 Chesapeake, VA
Great Bridge Battlefield & Waterways History Foundation President, and past Mayor of Chesapeake, VA, Dr. William E. Ward, was the master of ceremonies today for the official ground breaking for the Museum/Visitor Center, Phase I. The completed building, shown in the above depiction, is expected to be completed next year in time for the 2018 Anniversary of the Battle of Great Bridge. The local Norfolk Chapter and the Great Bridge Chapter DAR have been active in supporting this effort. The Virginia SAR was represented by 2nd Vice President Tom Whetstone. Members of the Norfolk Chapter and the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter, including both chapter presidents attended.
15-16 Sep 2017 Newport News, VA
The 2017 Semi-Annual meeting of the Virginia Society was held on September 15th and 16th at the Marriott City Center in Newport News, VA and was hosted by the George Washington Chapter. This will also be the site of the AMSA 2018 Conference next August. The schedule was modified by President Elston to allow for better attendance and more opportunity for workshops, which were held on Friday evening after the Board of Managers Meeting. 74 compatriots, and 39 guests attended. Eighteen Virginia Chapters were represented. Also attending were Lou Raborg, Vice-President General of the Mid-Atlantic States, and Historian General John Thornhill.
The Board of Managers includes all elected officers and two representatives from each chapter. Th Board of Managers meeting was productive, and included deciding what proposals to bring before the General Membership meeting for a vote
The society officers and committee chairmen made their reports to the Board of managers, and some awards were presented. One significant award, previously presented at Congress, but appropriately acknowledged here, was the Florence Kendall Medal presented to Barry Schwoerer for being one of the two top first-line signers for last year with fifty-two.
At 1:00 pm on September 17, the George Washington Chapter of the Virginia Society, Sons of the American Revolution, commemorated the 230th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution at historic Pohick Episcopal Church in Lorton, Virginia. Pohick Church was the parish church of General George Washington and George Mason. The Reverend Thomas Costa (left) , portraying Parson Massey, the rector of Pohick during Washington’s time, read the Preamble to the Constitution and gave a benediction. George Washington SAR Chapter President, Paul Walden (right) gave a brief history on the Constitution and its relevance today.
Photo by Ernest Coggins
VASSAR held its Semi-Annual Meeting at the Marriott Hotel-City Center in Newport News with 74 compatriots representing 18 VASSAR Chapters. The event was hosted by the George Washington Chapter, with great support from the Thomas Nelson Jr. and Williamsburg chapters
Photos by Ernest Coggins (hotel photo from hotel website)
Marriott City Center-Newport News, VA
The Registrars from the George Washington Chapter take their duties seriously making sure everyone gets registered promptly
The VASSAR Color Guard, let by William Schwetke, enters the meeting hall
Certificates of Appreciation awarded to VASSAR Officers and Compatriots who helped with the event
VASSAR President Mike Elston is "in the money"
VASSAR Secretary Wayne Rouse making sure all the award certificates are in good order
VPG Mid Atlantic District Lou Raborg presents the coveted "Jersey Devil Award" to Mike Elston for the state society that traveled the furthest to the Mid Atlantic District Meeting
VASSAR President Mike Elton presents the Silver Good Citizenship Award to Julie Langan, Virginia State Historic Preservation Officer. Ms. Langan was the speaker at the Saturday luncheon
VASSAR President Mike Elston presents the Wounded Warrior Coin and Certificate to John Moore
VASSAR President Mike Elston presents the Bronze Good Citizenship Medal to Laura Truslow, on behalf of Edward Truslow, VASSAR President 2016, who passed away this year
15 Sep 2017 Bristol, TN
report submitted by Jerry G. Phillips
A Grave Dedication Ceremony honoring these five Revolutionary War Patriots: William Carr, Rev. Joseph Rhea Sr. , Joseph Rhea Jr., Mathew Rhea and William Rutledge was conducted at Weaver Cemetery Bristol, TN. on Friday September 15, 2017. SAR Chapters from Tennessee, Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia participated. Virginia SAR chapters participating were the Gen. William Campbell, Martin’s Station and Overmountain Men Chapters. Those compatriots participating in the program or otherwise contributing to this grave marking qualified for 5 of the 15 markings required for the SAR Patriot Grave Marking Medal.
Report Book is below, or available through this link.
11 Sep 2017 Culpeper, VA
Culpeper photos by Kim Atkins
On Monday, September 11th, The Culpeper Minutemen Chapter, augmented by Paul Chase of the Col William Grayson Chapter, joined Bugles Across America, the Culpeper Fire Department, the Culpeper Police Department, the Culpeper Sheriff's Office, the VFW, and the American Legion in honoring the heroes of 9/11 and Benghazi. The colors were presented and taps played first at 8:46 AM in front of the Culpeper Fire Department, then at 9:03 in front of the Culpeper Sheriff's Office, then at 9:37 at the Wine Street Memorial Park, then twice at 10:03 at the intersection of Davis and Main. The times were the impact times of the hijacked airliners on September 11th, 2001; and the second taps at Davis and Main remembered the heroes of Benghazi on 9/11/2012. After the final taps the musicians played America the Beautiful, followed by Amazing Grace.
9 Sep 2017 Arlington National Cemetery
pictures by Ernie Coggins, Tom Roth and Cat Schwetke
Today the George Washington Chapter hosted President General Larry Guzzy as he presented the NSSAR Wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. PG Guzzy was assisted by Virginia SAR Mike Elston in presenting the wreath, and escorted by George Washington Chapter President Paul Walden and Virginia SAR Color Guard Commander Bill Schwetke. The Virginia SAR Color Guard flanked the march down the steps to the tomb in uniform with flags.
Participants and attendees in the amphitheater behind the Tomb of the Unkown. Left to right: Dwight Whitney, Vern Eubanks, Ernie Coggins, Andy Danas, Edgar Bates, Don Reynolds, Dave Thomas, President Mike Elston, PG Larry Guzzy, First Lady Karin Guzzy, Paul Walden, Richard Rogers, Tom Roth, Mike Taimi, Jeff Thomas, Justin Thomas, Paul Chase, Bill Schwetke.