The George Washington Chapter honored 11 veterans residing at the Sunrise at Mount Vernon Assisted Living facility on 11 Nov by presenting each with a Certificate of Appreciation and Veteran's lapel pin. This is the second year the chapter has conducted this ceremony. The Rev. Dr. Thomas Costa provided the invocation, while Chapter President Dave Thomas read from Ecclastiasticus. Paul Walden provided a brief history of Veterans Day. Dave Thomas then presented the certificates and pins to the veterans, four of whom were WWII veterans. In the picture below, L to R, Susan Costa, Paul Walden, Rev. Dr. Thomas Costa, and Dave Thomas (Susan and Paul are holding the front page of the NY Times from 11 Nov 1918.
On November 9, VASSAR honored General Gordon R. Sullivan (Retired U.S. Army) by presenting him with the SAR Gold Good Citizenship Medal at Belle Haven Country Club. General Sullivan, a native of Boston, MA, retired from the Army in 1995 after 36 years of active service. He was the Chief of Staff, the Army's senior officer, and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He also served as a Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Norwich University, and currently is the Chairman of the Board at the Marshall Legacy Institute, MIT Lincoln Labs Advisory Board, and a Life Trustee of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Army Historical Foundation and is leading the campaign to construct the National Museum of the United States Army at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
2 Nov 2019 Warrenton, VA
On Saturday, November 2nd, the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter and the Fauquier Court House Chapter, DAR, co-hosted a Genealogy Workshop for the public at Warrenton Presbyterian Church. The workshop featured nine presentations on various genealogy topics, including a lunch time presentation by our keynote speaker, NSSAR Foundation President and former President General Joseph W. Dooley. Breakfast and lunch were also included in the workshop, which was free to the public. Over one hundred budding and experienced genealogist registered for the workshop and over ninety showed up for the presentations.
Nine sessions were offered including:
No Vital Records? What Now?
Researching the Internet
African American Resources & Research
Who were the Parents of Elizabeth Terhune?
Daughters of the American Revolution
Sons of the American Revolution
DNA - Interpreting Your Results
Organizing Your Research
SAR presenters included Foundation President Joe Dooley, Culpeper Minutemen President Tom Hamill and Virginia SAR 1st Vice President Bill Schwetke. The Culpeper Minutemen Chapter also provided volunteers who helped with presenting the workshop: Culpeper Minutemen Chapter Vice President Charles Jameson and Ric Jenkins.
A special thanks to our sponsors who provided over $1000 in door prizes.
On Saturday morning, November 2, 2019, the Colonel William Grayson Chapter, along with participants from the Elizabeth McIntosh Hamilton Chapter, DAR, the Colonel William Grayson Society, C.A.R. and the Fairfax Resolves Chapter, marched in the 11th annual Northern Virginia Veterans parade through Old Town Manassas, a parade honoring all veterans and their families. The Colonel William Grayson Chapter was also a parade sponsor, as they have been for the last several years.
There were 70 units marching in the parade, including many veterans groups, JROTC units from the area, and local school bands.
The 2019 Parade was dedicated to Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy, U.S. Navy, who received the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously for action in the remote mountains of Afghanistan in pursuit of a Taliban leader, Ahmad Shah.
On June 28, 2005, three of four SEALs on the ground (Murphy, Dietz, Axelson) were killed during combat operations in support of Operation Red Wing. On the same day, a QRF of eight Navy SEALs and 8 Army Night Stalkers were also killed when the MH-47 helicopter that they were aboard was shot down by enemy fire in the vicinity of Asadabad, Afghanistan in Kumar Province.
That action and the story of Lieutenant Murphy were told by Marcus Luttrell, the only survivor of that action, in his book Lone Survivor, which was the basis for the 2013 movie of the same name. Submitted by Mike Weyler.
L-R: Kevin Schwoerer, Barry Schwoerer, Mike Weyler, Leamon Duncan, Mike Taimi, Dave Button, Dave Cook
The Clark County Historical Association held it’s 9th Annual Heritage Day at the Burwell-Morgan Mill in Millwood, Va. on Saturday, November 2nd, 2019. Compatriots from the Colonel James Wood Chapter of the VASSAR participated in the Event. Heritage Day offered demonstrations on how individuals in the colonial era performed fundamental activities such as food production, milling, woodworking, hands-on sewing demonstrations, cooking, medicine, and military demonstrations. In photo below (L to R):
Eric Robinson, Dale Corey, Paul Christensen, Kim Simmons, Brett Osborn, Anne Simmons, and Marc Robinson. Submitted by Dale Corey.