The NSSAR and Virginia SAR Congress Planning Committees have agreed upon the Richmond Marriott, 500 East Broad Street, Richmond, as the site for the 2020 Congress. The Hilton, across the street, with be the overflow hotel. Virginia SAR Congress Planning Chairman Mark Brennan, and NSSAR Congress Planning Chairman Paul Callanan, worked and negotiated very hard to arrive at this decision, which was reached this afternoon. There is, of course, a great deal to be done between now and July of 2020, but this significant decision allows that effort to move forward.
Over 350.000 pages of writing by the Hanoverian Kings, including King George III, are being studied at King's College in London, and the SAR is part of this. Our own Joe Dooley is Chairman of the King's College London Partnership Committee that is leading the SAR effort. The SAR is sponsoring a Visiting Professor to study the documents. Smithsonian.com has a report on this effort, that you can read at:
report by Virginia SAR 3rd VP Tom Whetstone
Today Chesapeake Mayor Alan P. Krasnoff presented SAR and DAR proclamations confirming that December 3, 2016, is Battle of Great Bridge Observance Day. The formal Battle of Great Bridge Ceremony will be at 11:00 am, Saturday, December 3 in Chesapeake's Battlefield Interpretive Park.
Williamsburg Chapter Honors Veterans and "Forgotten Patriots" at the Governor's Palace Revolutionary War Cemetery in Williamsburg on Veterans Day
11 Nov 2016 Williamsburg, VA
The Williamsburg Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) with the support of Colonial Williamsburg observed Veterans Day by conducting a Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the Governor’s Palace Revolutionary War Cemetery. The ceremony included Colors, Fife and Drum, National Anthems, Procession of Revolutionary War Flags, a Speaker, Bag Piper, Wreath Laying, and a Bugler.
The ceremony honored all veterans past and present along with the 158 “Forgotten Patriots” (156 men and 2 women) buried in unmarked graves in the garden cemetery behind the Palace. The Governor’s Palace was converted into a hospital by General George Washington prior to the siege at Yorktown (1781). These graves also include skeletons of Loyalists, British 80th Regiment of Foote, Americans, and possibly French soldiers as well.
This year, the SAR continued to emphasize the contributions of “Forgotten Patriots” during the Revolutionary War which includes women during the revolution and African Americans who fought for both the British and the Patriots…even though their freedom was not assured.
Gowan Pamphlet, a free man and minister, portrayed by James Ingram, spoke about life as a slave and their contributions during the revolution. Also, ladies from the Americale Franconia represented the French contributions during the Battle of Yorktown and a wreath for the 80th Regiment of Foote was placed, and a procession of Revolutionary War flags was featured by Boy Scouts of Troop 1932.
Veterans Day is a time to reflect, remember and thank those men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces.
World War I was known at the time as “The Great War”- officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, just outside the town of Versailles, France. However fighting had ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”
In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11th as the first
commemoration of Armistice Day. The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11 am. It was a day to be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations.
On May 13, 1938, November 11th was made a legal holiday each year-a day dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be therefore celebrated and known as Armistice Day--a day set aside to honor World War I veterans. In 1954 the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking the word “Armistice” and inserting the word “Veterans.” On June 1, 1954, with the approval of this legislation, November 11th became a day to honor American military veterans of all wars.
This is a day, which is driven by historical significance of the date and focuses attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor American’s military veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. A wonderful day to thank a veteran for their service, regardless of how long ago it might have been. To all veterans, thank you for your service to our country.
I want to personally thank all of the Veterans who have served this great nation.
Yours in Patriotism,
J. Michael Tomme, Sr.
National Society Sons of the American Revolution
Eight different presentations on Genealogy topics and a lunch-time talk by published author Laura Lyster-Mensh. Presenters include, notably, past President General Joe Dooley (who was Genealogist General 2008-2011), and Virginia Assistant Registrar Dave Thomas. We have door prizes from Family Tree DNA, Ancestry.com, and Family Tree Maker (yes, they are still alive). A light breakfast and a hot lunch are free to those who reserve a slot by November 1st. All at no cost to you!
RSVP by November 1st to insure you receive handouts and we have a meal for you. If you decide later, let us know; if you decide on November 5th, come on, walk in, and we will accommodate you to the best of our ability.
Bring a prospective member and get them started on their application.