submitted by Bob Vogler
Recently members of the Colonel George Waller Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution presented Dr. Francis Amos of Rocky Mount the Bronze Good Citizenship medal and certificate for his leadership role in restoring the 1769 Old Chapel Church in Penhook. In addition, the state SAR presented Amos with a Revolutionary War era American Flag and also a Flag bearing St. George’s Cross.
The chapel had fallen into disrepair before Dr. Amos took it upon himself to purchase and restore this historic frontier structure. As documented by experts at Colonial Williamsburg and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, the chapel is one of four frame pre-Revolutionary War Anglican Churches in Virginia and the oldest document frame structure in the 27 counties that make up Southwest Virginia. Until Dr. Amos began his restoration, the structure was unknown to state or Colonial Williamsburg officials.
report submitted by Bob Vogler
24 Oct 2015 Pittsylvania County, VA
On Saturday, October 24, members of the Col. George Waller Living History Group participated in its 6th consecutive Callands Fall Festival. The event is held each year on the grounds of Pittsylvania County’s colonial era courthouse (1773) and its first clerk’s office (1771). At the encampment, members talked about Revolutionary War army life, muskets and long rifles, the militia, military camps, the British Army, colonial life, and children’s games. Children participated in colonial games and others were taught some simple military drills
report from Kirk Sheap, Virginia SAR Flag Recognition Committee Chairman
Admiral William R. Furlong Award
Colonel Fielding Lewis Chapter
University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA 16 July, 2015
Colonel George Waller Chapter
Martinsville-Henry County VA Historical Center 14 June, 2015
Colonel James Wood II Chapter
Clarke County High School, Berryville, VA 23 September, 2015
Colonel William Grayson Chapter
Charles Petraglia, Fairfax County, VA 19 June, 2015
Rogers Family, Fairfax County, VA 19 June, 2015
Micah Meyers, Fairfax County, VA 20 June, 2015
Dunnam Family, Fairfax County, VA 25 June, 2015
Culpeper Minutemen Chapter
Eastern View High School (Culpeper County, VA) Color Guard 27 May, 2015
Dan River Chapter
American National University, Danville, VA 26 March, 2015
Mid Town Market, Danville, VA 26 March, 2015
Mrs. Patsy Terry, Danville, VA 26 March, 2015
Fairfax Resolves Chapter
Burke Center Conservancy, Burke, VA 12 September, 2015
VFW Post 5412, Burke, VA 12 September, 2015
Fincastle Resolutions Chapter
Orchard Villas Condominiums, Roanoke, VA 15 September, 2015
Fort Harrison Chapter
Rockingham County Administration Center, Harrisonburg, VA 09 January, 2015
John H. Kidd School Administration Center (Rockingham County), Harrisonburg, VA 09 February, 2015
George Mason Chapter
Vasco and Mary Kirby, Indianapolis, IN, 28 February, 2015
LtCol. Arthur Klekger, Fairfax, VA 01 June, 2015
George Washington Chapter
Mr. Dan Sawy, Woodbridge, VA 02 July, 2015
Mr. and Mrs. David R. Thomas, Woodbridge, VA 02 July, 2015
Mrs. Ginger Brennan, Woodbridge, VA 02 July, 2015
Paul Burke, Mgr. Jiffy Lube #3197, Gainesville, VA 13 July, 2015
Lt. David Cox Chapter
Carroll County Genealogical Library, Hillsville, VA 22 August, 2015
New River Valley Chapter
Arnold “Pete” Ferguson, Narrows, Giles County, VA 25 August, 2015
Herman Quattlebaum, Virginia Beach, VA 30 March, 2015
Rich Lawhorn, Virginia Beach, VA 30 March, 2015
Edward Douglas, Virginia Beach 15 March, 2015
Overmountain Men Chapter
Nickelsville First Baptist Church, Nickelsville, Scott County, VA 02 November, 2015
President James Monroe Chapter
Mr. Dale McClessee, Heathsville, VA 15 April, 2015
Richard Henry Lee Chapter
Thomas M. Watkins, Irvington, VA 21 September, 2015
Puritan Cleaners, Richmond, VA 08 January, 2015
Chesterfield County (VA) Fire and EMS Station #20 Officers and Crew 11 September, 2015
St. Mark’s Methodist Church, Midlothian, Virginia 20 September, 2015
Thomas Jefferson Chapter
Rick and Peggy Carter, Charlottesville, VA 27 August, 2015
Thomas Nelson, Jr. Chapter
John and Janet Priest, Port Haywood, Mathews County, VA 21 August, 2015
James and Dianne Stoddard, Mineral Ridge, Mahoning/Trumbull Counties, OH 04 July, 2015
pictures by Ernie Coggins and Cat Schwetke
19 Oct 2015 Yorktown, VA
27 SAR Compatriots marched in the Yorktown parade, led by, left to right in the front rank: National Color Guard Commander Dave Hoover, Virginia SAR President Reverdy Wright, and Virginia SAR Color Guard Commander Darrin Schmidt.
October 19th is Yorktown Day, marked by celebrations of the victory at Yorktown in 1781 and the surrender of General Cornwallis and the British Army under his command. The SAR was present in force, 32 members marched in the parade, 16 in uniform.
SAR Participants after the parade, left to right: Registrar General Russel DeVenney, Jr., unkown, Phil Williams, Bruce Meyer, Darrin Schmidt, Wayne Rouse, unknown, Kirk Sheap, Lance Lyngar, unknown, SAR Foundation President Sam Powell, unknown, past SAR President Larry McKinley, SAR President Reverdy Wright, past PG Joe Dooley, Darrin Schmidt (back row covered by unknown compatriot in front row), Bill Schwetke, unknown, unknown, unknown, unknown, Vern Eubanks, Carl Strock, Mike Elston, Christopher Melhuish
report by Virginia SAR 1st Vice President Ed Truslow
18 Oct 2015 Yorktown, VA
From left to right: Edward Truslow, 1st Vice President of the Virginia Society, Reverdy Wright, President of the Virginia Society, Larry Leslie, Surgeon General, Tom Lawrence, President General, Pierre Lefebvre, Sculptor, George Jones, Vice President General, Mid-Atlantic District, Peter Armstrong, Sr. Director of JYF Museum Operations and Education, Randy Flood, JYF Interpreter and Museum Educator.
On October 18, at a banquet held before Yorktown Day events on the next day, SAR President General Tom Lawrence and other national officers, together with SAR Virginia Society officers, gathered in Yorktown to present to the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation (JYF) a work-of-art bronze bust of French General Comte de Rochambeau, who with George Washington, commanded the campaign that ended the Revolutionary War in 1781. The bust will be displayed and used in the education wing of the new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown when the Museum opens in late 2016. The new 80,000 square foot, $50 million museum replaces the Yorktown Victory Center Museum that had opened in 1976.
The SAR Atlantic Middle States District of 7 state societies commissioned prominent Franco-American sculptor Pierre Lefebvre to create and cast the bronze bust for presentation to the museum. Past Virginia Society President Phil Williams was instrumental in lining up the $7,000 in donations from each of the state societies. President General Lawrence and the other SAR officers were present for the "handover" as part of the annual Yorktown Day events which are always held on October 19 in the famed small town in Virginia.
pictures by Mike Lyman, except where noted
17 Oct 2015 Menokin, Warsaw, VA
Ten of the Charter members who were also inducted into the SAR, Front Row, left to right: John Garrett, Luther Derby, William Croxton, Gregory Burkett, Wright Andrews. Back Row, left to right: Carl Strock, Clem Rawlings, Nathan Parker IV, Nathan Parker III, Mathew Parker. photo by the Menokin Foundation.
President General Tom Lawrence officiated in the chartering of the Rappahannock Chapter at Menokin, the home of Franis Lightfoot Lee. Mike Rawlings was the organizing president, and Lt. Gen Carl Strock, USA (ret), was installed as the first president of the new chapter. There are 17 charter members and about 40 more working on membership. Over 100 people attended the ceremony.
3 Oct 2015 Rocky Mount, VA
submitted by Bob Vogler, Acting President, Col. George Waller Chapter
Colonel George Waller Chaplain Gary Hollandsworth gave a presentation on October 3rd at the Rocky Mount Church of Christ as Ben Franklin on the topic of thanksgiving and frugality. The occasion was to celebrate the retirement of the church’s debt. He presented his talk along with Miss Jordyn Patrick wearing her colonial woman’s outfit (also pictured) . Both Gary and Jordyn participate in the Colonel George Waller Chapter’s Historical Interpreters Group.
10 Oct 2015 Arlington National Cemetery
photos by Ernie Coggins
President General Tom Lawrence, accompanied by his wife, Mickey Jo, present the National Society wreath to the Honor Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown in Arlington National Cemetery. Escorting them are George Washington Chapter President Dwight Whitney and Virginia SAR 2nd Vice President Mike Elston.
Today President General Tom Lawrence presented a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown in Arlington National Cemetery. Also participating in the presentation were the First lady, Mrs. Mickey Jo Lawrence, Virginia SAR 2nd Vice President Mike Elston, George Washington Chapter President Dwight Whitney, and the Virginia SAR Color Guard under the command of National Color Guard Commander Dave Hoover. This is an annual event organized and executed by the George Washington Chapter.
Attendees and Participants in the ceremony. First row, left to right: Bob Carr (wheel chair), Tom Roth, Dwight Whitney, Mickey Jo Lawrence, PG Tom Lawrence, Will Elston, Mike Elston, Dave Thomas, Jamie Callender, Jim Mitchell, Bill Price. Back Row, left to right: Bill Adams, Phil Anders, Darrin Schmidt, Dave Hoover, Bill Schwetke, Larry McKinley, Lance Lyngar, Ernie Coggins.
7 Oct 2015 Blacksburg, SC
235 years ago, Patriot Militia, including the "Overmountain Men", surprised and decisively defeated Torry Militia led by British Major Patrick Ferguson. Thomas Jefferson called this victory "The turn of the tide of success", because it reversed a string of British victories that had demoralized the patriots. Over one quarter of the Loyalist force was killed, including their commander, Major Ferguson, the remainder were wounded or captured. Patriot casualties were comparatively light.
The annual ceremony was conducted at the monument in Kings Mountain National Military Park. The Virginia Society was represented by Chancellor Eric Monday, past Virginia SAR President Larry McKinley, Peter Davenport, Andy Johnson, Kirk Sheap, and Bill Schwetke. Dual members past PG Lindsey Brock, and Bill Turner also participated in the ceremony.
The Culpeper Minutemen Chapter morns the loss of Paul Bess (1965-2015), Chapter President, 2008, and a member of the chapter 1992-94 and 2006-13, who died in Winchester Saturday. Paul was, for a time, very active in Virginia Society activities and known by many compatriots. His online obituary can be found here.
A memorial gathering for Paul will be held on Saturday, Nov 21st, from 11:30 to 3:00, at the Red Fox Inn in Middleburg.