Curtis Robb and Thad Hartman live in a community of 479 homes in Bristow, VA. They wondered why they were the only identified compatriots. As they asked around at different events, it was obvious many had not heard of the Sons of the American Revolution. It was also surprising to see how few flags were up on Veterans day.
Curtis and Thad decided to use the flag Certificate of Commendation as a mechanism to raise awareness of the SAR and provide education about how to correctly fly the flag.
After dividing the community in half and surveying approximately 240 houses on a dark night, Thad and Curtis found 12 good examples of well-lit flags standing proud on the west side of the community.
Formal invitations for a gathering in the community center were mailed followed up by emails and phone calls. People in the community started asking about the SAR event on the calendar. A small group gathered for coffee and donuts while Thad and Curtis explained different aspects of the SAR. Thad was dressed in his period Ranger uniform. Some certificates were given out at the gathering for those in attendance. The remaining certificates were hand delivered. As you might expect, 11 of the 12 recognized with certificates were military veterans.
There is no doubt this event raised the awareness of the SAR in the community. Thad and Curtis are considering doing the second half of the community in 2019. Submitted by Curtis Robb.
The Rappahannock Chapter recently presented its 2018 "Scout of the Year" Award to Blake Edwards, a truly outstanding young man in our community. Blake, an Eagle Scout pictured here with Essex County Board of Supervisors Member & Scout Leader, John Magruder, received this award in recognition of his strong leadership skills, commitment to community service, patriotism, good character, proven academic ability, and promise for the future.
George Mason Chapter President, Ken Morris (left) presents the SAR Flag Certificate to Mr. Joshus Klug (right), Principal of Our Savior Lutheran School in Arlington, VA. The school teaches children in kindergarten through eighth grade and also operates an award winning preschool. American History and Patriotic Citizenship are among the school’s primary goals. Submitted by Ken Morris
On 19 Dec, the Colonel James Wood II Chapter in coordination with the Shenandoah Christian Alliance and the Wayside Inn sponsored a Colonial Dinner at the Wayside Inn, Middletown, Virginia. This event was a commemoration of the patriots of General George Washington's Continental Army who entered their winter encampment at Valley Forge 241 years ago on December 19th, 1777. Attending were 92 guests from the SAR, DAR, C.A.R. and the local community who assembled for a program emceed by CJWII President Dale Corey. The program began with introduction of guest, the posting of the colors by the CJWII Color Guard, an invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance. This was followed by a presentation from Abel Johnston, portrayed by his descendant, Larry Johnson, who gave a gripping account of what it was like to survive that winter at Valley Forge. Although Abel was serving in North Carolina at that time, his brother was there and Abel reiterated what he had heard from his brother. This was followed by perspectives from Compatriot Dale Carpenter and Mark Quimby about the trials and tribulations endured by veterans of the Revolutionary War and in todays armed forces. A patriots roll was called with each descendant of a patriot answering the for their ancestor. Christmas carols were sung, the colors retired and everyone was wished a Merry Christmas and enjoyment of the blessings we have inherited from our patriot ancestors. Submitted by Dale Corey, Chapter President
On a cold and rainy Saturday afternoon, eight compatriots of the George Washington Chapter laid wreaths at veterans' graves at the Alexandria National Cemetery. The chapter in total raised $3,000 for wreaths. In the photo below (L to R): Tom Roth, Jack Coulter, John Brigden, Paul Walden, Peter Schmidt, and Jamie Callender. Also participating but not in the photo were Greg and Isaac Bodge.
On 15 Dec, 92 members of the Fort Loudoun Chaper of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Lawrence Augustine Washington Children of the American Revolution, the Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and their guests celebrated Christmas at the George Washington Hotel in Winchester. The program was emcee'd by Margaret Boppe with Jody Elson, Kera Ware, Patricia Radney, Diane Pence, Dale Corey, Sharon Strickland, Pat Craft, Joan Wood and Lanette Rhodes having active parts in the program. After a call to order, the Colonel James Wood II Color Guard presented the colors during the opening ceremonies. The guest speaker was Ed Lengel, an independent author and lecturer presenting the American way of war from General George Washington to General John J. Pershing. Submitted by Dale Corey, President,Colonel James Wood II Chapter
Charles Belfield spoke to the Newport News Warwick Chapter DAR portraying his ancestor John Belfield giving a personal account why he was fighting and about war experiences
The James Monroe Chapter had a float in the Warsaw Christmas parade: in the below photo are compatriots George Beckett as George Washington, troops Brennen, Charles Belfield and pending members Cayden and Colt Belfield.
Submitted by Charles Belfield
Continuing an annual tradition, the George Mason and George Washington Chapters had a joint meeting at the Mount Vernon Country Club to share some Christmas camaraderie and install their chapter officers. VASSAR 1st VP Pete Davenport installed the new officers of both chapters.
Below: George Mason Chapter Officers Installed (L to R): Ralph Lewis, Treasurer; Joe Dooley, Registrar; Robert Shumaker, Vice President; Ken Morris, President, Gene Thomas, Chaplain
Below: George Washington Chapter Officers Installed (L to R): Richard Rankin, Secretary; Tom Roth, Treasurer; Jay Henn, Vice President; Dave Thomas, President
On the left, Ernie Coggins, outgoing George Washington Chapter President, presents the Chapter President Insignia to Dave Thomas; on the right, outgoing George Mason Chapter President Pete Davenport presents the Chapter President Insignia to Ken Morris
At the December 5th meeting of the James Monroe Chapter #549, National Sojourners held at Shadwell Restaurant in Charlottesville, Dr. Christopher N. Sheap, a member of that Chapter and Past President of the Fort Harrison Chapter, VASSAR, presented Scott L. Fielding, President of the James Monroe Chapter with a NSSAR Certificate for U.S. Flag Retirement on behalf of the Fort Harrison Chapter in appreciation of the continued efforts of the James Monroe Chapter in properly disposing of worn American Flags. Submitted by Compatriot Christoper Sheap