report by Wayne Miesen, Secretary, Fincastle Resolutions Chapter
The Fincastle Resolutions Chapter participated in the Wreathes Across America ceremony honoring Veterans from the Revolutionary War through today's War on Terror. Event was held at the Old City Cemetery in Lynchburg Va., on December 17, 2016. The event was sponsored by the Blue Ridge and James River Chapters of the NSDAR. After the ceremony several thousand wreathes were placed on veteran's graves by the participants at the ceremony. Chapter members placed wreathes and flags on the graves of five Revolutionary War veterans. They were Sgt. Henry Novell, Lt. Francis Gray, Pvt. James Duffel, Pvt. Edward Duffel and Richard Thurman Sr.
Once again all 27 Chapter of our society have presented Flag Cerrifcates during the calendar year - time to start thinking about Flag Certificate presentations for 2017!
report submitted by Rayburn C. Mitchell, Secretary and Flag Chairman of the Lt. David Cox Chapter.
The National Society, Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) recognizes an individual, company, or government agency that flies the American Flag properly and for patriotic purposes. The American Legion Post # 245 is recognized for Exemplary Patriotism in display of The Flag of the United States of America. Frank Plichta, Commander receives the Certificate of Commendation from Rayburn Mitchell, Flag Chairman, for The Lt. David Cox Chapter, SAR. Appearing with Frank Plichta are, seated, Reverend Edward J. Pasley, Chaplin and left to right, standing are Steven M. Mikesell, Junior-Vice Commander, Sharon Plichta, Adjutant; and Keith Barker, Galax City Manager.
report by Brett Osborn, President Col James Wood II Chapter
A Flag Certificate was presented, by the Col James Wood II Chapter in Winchester on Saturday, 19 November, to Mr. Don Adams.
The Culpeper Minutemen Chapter presented the Virginia Community Bank, Culpeper Branch, with a flag certificate today. When the bank began a recent renovation compatriot Larry Alexander and his wife Beverly helped the local manager, Tripp Butler, with making the bank's flag display appropriate for 24 hour display of Old Glory. The bank is very proud of the result, and the Culpeper Minutemen are proud of how they honor our flag.
The Bank President, A. Preston Moore, Jr., a resident of Louisa, VA, is being actively recruited by past Virginia SAR President Phil Williams, and the Culpeper Branch Vice President William T. "Tripp" Butler III, is being actively recruited by Larry Alexander. Both have solid lineages to patriots and should soon be our compatriots.
report by Robert E. Halpern, Flag Chairman of the Richmond Chapter
On Monday September 5th the Sons of the American Revolution, Richmond Chapter presented a Flag Award to the Queens Mill Recreation Association at their Labor Day Pool Picnic. For the pools proper display of the American Flag. Bill Gomez as President of the Queens Mill Association received the Award on their behalf from Richmond Chapter's Flag Committee Chairman Robert E. Halpern. Mr. Halpern noted, "that throughout the Summer day or night the Queens Mill pool's American Flag was properly displayed even lighted at night in the middle of the Queens Mill neighborhood, thus encouraging their neighbors to do the same
report submitted by Ken Morris, Secretary, Col William Grayson Chapter
Robert Wesley Covey
October 18, 1939 - December 13, 2016
Robert Wesley Covey (CDR, USN, Ret.), age 77, of Montclair, VA, passed away on
December 13, 2016. Beloved husband of Elizabeth DeChristopher Covey for 37 years.
Loving father of Carolyn Covey Morris (Nigel), and Jonathan Bruce Covey (Angela J.).
Devoted companion of Reese’s Pieces. Dear brother of Elizabeth Ann Mason (David), and Nancy Toll. He was predeceased by a sister Maryruth Berry (late John) and brother Kenneth Covey.
Robert proudly served our country as a Commander in the United States Navy for more than 20 years. A 1962 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Robert earned his Wings of Gold in 1963. He also earned a master’s degree in operations research from the Naval Post Graduate School in 1969.
Robert flew A-4 Skyhawks and A-6 Intruders as an attack pilot during the Vietnam War. He was the recipient of many awards and commendations, including the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, and Air Medals with 3 Gold Stars and Numeral 13. After his Naval career, Robert stayed in the defense and aerospace industries. Robert descended from several Revolutionary War Patriots and was a proud Compatriot of the National Society Sons of the American Revolution. He was also selected and served as a docent for nearly 20 years at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center and Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration, and Storage Facility.
Services will be at a later date at the Old Post Chapel on Fort Myer. Interment with Full Military Honors will be in Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Robert Covey can be made to the National Society Sons of the American Revolution or the Amyloidosis Foundation.
HOTEL! Our official Cowan’s Ford Hotel is the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Huntersville-Birkdale, 16905 Caldwell Creek Dr., Huntersville, NC 28078. To reserve your room, please call 704-892-9847 and ask for the $89 Davidson College room rate. Hopewell Church is 7.7 miles from the hotel.
You can also download the RSVP flyer here and email your registration form to Ken Luckey.
NEW EVENT! THE NIGHT BEFORE COWAN’S FORD DINNER & SOCIAL
The Mecklenburg chapter is starting a new tradition with the SAR national event, the annual Commemoration of the Battle of Cowan’s Ford.
Our new tradition begins on Friday, January 27, 2017, beginning at 5:30pm with mixing and a cash bar at the River Run Golf & Country Club in Davidson, NC. Dinner service begins at 6:30pm.
This event will be a celebration of a new relationship between Davidson College, the Town of Davidson and the Sons of the American Revolution. We are tying together General William Lee Davidson, Davidson College and the Town of Davidson into a night of honor, celebration, socializing and remembrance. Buy tickets online here.
The invitees? You, your spouse, your friends, prospective new SAR members, DAR members, SR members, CAR members, local civic officials, Davidson College professors and officials, SAR officials and the general public.
Dress is business casual or Revolutionary War attire. Buy tickets online here.
We will have several surprises for you. You will learn, you will laugh, you will dine and you will enjoy. Please make your plans to attend this first annual “The Night Before Cowan’s Ford” dinner and social. It is sure to grow into a wonderful and lifelong event that bridges together the anniversary of the Battle of Cowan’s Ford, General William Lee Davidson’s memory, Davidson College and the Town of Davidson.
CASH BAR & MIXING – 5:30PM – 6:30PMMixing and Cash Bar Begins at 5:30pm
EVENING DINNER MENU – 6:30PMBrick Grilled Chicken Breast with Lemon Thyme Jus
Tri-colored Roasted Baby Potatoes
Glazed Baby Carrots
Fresh Bread and Butter
Choice of House Salad with Dressing or Homemade Soup
Chef’s Dessert Station
Coffee, Tea, Water
Evening admission is $37 per adult. Plenty of free parking!
Download Your RSVP Form.
Or Buy Tickets Online Here.
report submitted by President Ed Truslow
On Thursday December 15th VASSAR President Ed Truslow presented William D. "Bill" Barker Jr. with a NSSAR Bronze Good Citizenship medal. Bill has been the Thomas Jefferson interpreter for Colonial Williamsburg for the past 24 years. He has brought our history and the legacy of Thomas Jefferson alive for thousands of people over the years both in Williamsburg and in schools and at organizations across the nation. Due to the Bill's very busy schedule, he received the award at the St. George Tucker House in Colonial Williamsburg following his Thomas Jefferson presentation there. Bill also is a member of the Williamsburg Chapter.
Articles Submitted to Virginia Dispatches Count as Submissions to the Bulletin for the the Annual Chapter Report
Images of the Tax Lists which can be used for "Proof of Service" for your patriot ancestors is on the Virginia SAR Website at:
Check to see if you can find a new supplemental, or perhaps gain a new member.
Hardback - $50
Paperback - $40
$5 discount for SAR members
$4 shipping in continental US
Make check out to “VASSAR” and send to:
There will be copies for sale at Great Bridge on December 3rd
Great gifts for your speakers at chapter meetings
Genealogical, Burial, and Service Data for Revolutionary War Patriots Buried in Virginia – Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution This publication includes over 4,170 known Revolutionary War patriot burials in all Virginia counties and independent cities, including the City of Alexandria which belonged to the District of Columbia during the war period. It does not include counties now in West Virginia. Gravestone inscriptions provide the main source of material in the text of this publication, followed up with research about the veteran and his service. Records are arranged alphabetically by surname and include the full name of the veteran, date and place of birth (if known), date and place of death, rank and service unit or patriotic service, cemetery name, GPS readings (if known) and general location directions, gravestone information, spousal information, biographical information regarding the patriot, pensions and bounty warrants received, presence of society grave markers, registration data, service and burial sources. The names of 4900 non-veterans, such as spouses, parents and others,can be found in this fully-indexed work. The appendices provide a wealth of valuable information: Veterans List by County/Independent City, Cemetery List by County/Independent City, Code to and Bibliography of Service and Burial Sources, General Bibliography of Other Sources, Index of Other than Veterans, and Additions and Corrections. A list of abbreviations, facsimile reprints of original documents, photographs of original documents and photographs of memorial monuments and plaques placed in cemeteries by the society add to the value of this work. 2016, 7x10, paper, index, 545 pp. ISBN: 978-1- 68034-351-9
JOHN FREDERICK DORMAN 175 HULLS CHAPEL ROAD
FREDERICKSBURG, VA 22406-5218
Certified Genealogist (Emeritus), Fellow, American Society of Genealogists, Fellow, National Genealogical Society, Fellow, Virginia Genealogical Society. Editor and Publisher The Virginia Genealogist 1957-2006 November 18, 2016
“This massive compilation identifying over 4000 Revolutionary War veterans and patriots buried in over 1600 public, church and private family cemeteries throughout every county and independent city in Virginia will serve as an essential guide for future researchers. Arranged alphabetically by name of patriot and with an index of all other individuals mentioned within the sketches, it provides vital statistics, service details, location of grave (many with GPS coordinates), reference to pension, bounty warrant certificates and other evidence of service, and an extensive bibliography of pertinent sources. Mike Lyman has rendered a tremendous service in assembling the information and seeing it to press”
report by Dennis Peterson, President, Richmond Chapter
Incoming VASSAR President Michael Elston ( left ) congratulates the newly installed President of the Richmond Chapter, Dennis C. Peterson (right).
First VP Elston traveled to Richmond Dec 4 where he administered oaths to the newly elected Richmond Chapter officers who will serve two year terms. They include 1st VP Dana Law and 2nd VP Robert Halpern.
The officer transition was the primary business at the Richmond SAR's annual Christmas luncheon and social held at the Westwood Club in Virginia's capitol city. Peterson succeeds outgoing Chapter President Brent Morgan.
4 Dec 2016 Founders Inn, Virginia Beach, VA