The Colonel James Wood II Chapter partnered with the Christian Alliance to sponsor a Patriot's Colonial Christmas Dinner at the Wayside Inn, Middletown, Virginia. We used this event to honor George Washington on the 220th anniversary of his death and his faithful soldiers. Guests attending the event were NSSAR Chancellor General/VASSAR President Peter Davenport, VASSAR 1VP Bill Schwetke, VASSAR Color Guard Commander Ken Bonner, General Adam Stephens Chapter (WV) President Marty Keesecker, Culpeper Minute Men Chapter 1VP Charles Jameson and Narrow Passage DAR Chapter Regent Susan Walls. The CJWII Color Guard presented and retired the colors with presentations by Compatriot Larry Johnson, Compatriot Dale Carpenter, Compatriot Jim Simmons, The Rev. Alan Morrison, Kelly O'Neal, Mark Quimby and James McFadden. A dancing tribute was paid to George Washington by The McFadden Sisters. The meal served included items that were at the table during colonial times.
Pictured are back row l. to r. Paul Christensen, Bill Schwetke, Ken Bonner, Erick Moore (potential member), Dale Carpenter, Eric Robinson. Front row l. to r. Marc Robinson, Charles Jameson, Dale Corey, Jim Simmons.
Submitted by Dale Corey
Edmund Davidson, Chapter President, presented the SAR Flag Recognition Certificate to Mr. Elwood Furr of Staunton, VA. Elwood is a United States Army veteran and proudly flies the American Flag. Elwood has a special light attached to the side of his home so that the Flag is properly lit at night. Submitted by Edmund Davidson.
17 Dec 2019 McLean, VA
Today Virginia SAR 1st VP Bill Schwetke was the keynote speaker at the joint meeting of the DC Order of Founders and Patriots and DC Daughters of Founders and Patriots in McLean, VA. The topic of Bill's presentation was "Red Flag", the US Air Force's premier large force flying training exercise.
14 Dec 2019 Culpeper, VA
Culpeper Minutemen Color Guard flanks Len and Mary Ann Cowherd, who presented the Gold Star Families Wreath in honor of their son. Left to right: Bill Schwetke, President Tom Hamill, President-Elect Charles Jameson, Mary Ann Cowherd, Len Cowherd, CMM Color Guard Commander Michael Dennis, guest guardsman, Tim Dvořák.
Six Culpeper Minutemen Chapter compatriots participated in Wreaths Across America today at Culpeper National Cemetery, where a crowd of over 200 had gathered. President Tom Hamill, President-Elect Charles Jameson, Color Guard Commander Michael Dennis, and Bill Schwetke, participated in the Color Guard. Compatriot Len Cowherd and his wife, Mary Ann, presented the Gold Star Families Wreath in honor of their son, Lt. Leonard M Cowherd, III, killed in Iraq in 2004. Compatriot Keith Price helped with the set up for the event. The Color Guard was augmented by Tim Dvořák, who frequently joins us for events at Culpeper National Cemetery.
The Colonel James Wood II Chapter joined the Fort Loudoun DAR Chapter for an annual Christmas Luncheon on 14 Dec 2019. The luncheon was held at the Winchester Country Club. Guest Speaker was Tony Williams who gave a great presentation on the relationship between George Washington and Alexander Hamilton. Pictured for the Color Guard are Brett Osborn, Clay Robinson, Dale Corey, Marc Robinson and Paul Christensen.
Submitted by Dale Corey
13 Dec 2019 Culpeper, VA
The Culpeper Minutemen Chapter lost one of its stalwarts when Lon Lacey unexpectedly passed away on the morning of Dec 13th. Our sympathies go to Mary Margaret, Lon III, Alan, and their family. We have lost a great friend.
12:00pm Thursday, Dec 19
Culpeper United Methodist Church
1233 Oaklawn Dr
Inurnment will follow at
Culpeper National Cemetery
Alonzo Leonard Lacey, Jr., 84, of Culpeper died Friday, December 13, 2019. He was born November 2, 1935 in Mattoon, IL to the late Alonzo Lacey, Sr. and Glenna Redman Lacey.
Mr. Lacey earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Texas at Austin. He then served in the United States Marine Corps, rising to the rank of Corporal E-4. He left active duty and entered the Marine Corps Reserve when he returned to the University of Texas where he earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence. After law school, he began a 22-year career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Field Agent and was later assigned as Section Chief of Law Enforcement Arts at the FBI Training Academy, Quantico, Virginia. He retired from the FBI as Special Agent in Charge of the New Haven Division, New Haven, CT in 1986. He then became a faculty member at The Victoria College and served as Director of the Victoria College Police Academy in Victoria, Texas.
Mr. Lacey was a 40-year member of the North-South Skirmish Association where he was a long-time member of the Washington Blue Rifles. He was active in the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) serving as head of the Color Guard and representing the SAR on the Culpeper Fourth of July Festival Committee for many years. He was also active, as a board member and guide, with the Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield in Culpeper County. Mr. Lacey was a member of the Culpeper United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary Margaret Lacey; two children, Alonzo Leonard Lacey, III, and Thomas Alan Lacey and his wife, Jill; one granddaughter, Margaret Nicole Lacey; one sister, Laura Barbara Krasell; and one niece, Dinah Lacey.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 12 p.m. at Culpeper United Methodist Church with Pastor John Hemming officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
Inurnment will follow at Culpeper National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to Culpeper United Methodist Church, 1233 Oaklawn Drive, Culpeper, VA 22701 and or the charitable organization of your choice.
19 Dec 2019 Culpeper National Cemetery, VA
Today members of three chapters honored compatriot Lon Lacey at a Memorial Service at Culpeper United Methodist Church and at his Inurnment at Cupleper National Cemetery. Ten members of the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter with three of their wives, and one each from Colonel William Grayson Chapter and the Fairfax Resolves Chapter. Four members participated in a uniformed Color Guard: Chapter Color Guard Commander Michael Dennis, Chapter President-Elect Charles Jameson, Virginia SAR 1st Vice President Bill Schwetke, and Mike Taimi of the Colonel William Grayson Chapter.
11 Dec 2019 Blacksburg, VA
The New River Valley Chapter of the VASSAR awarded a flag certificate to Tawni P., resident of Blacksburg, Virginia, on December 11, 2019.
On December 11, 2019, The New River Valley Chapter of the VASSAR awarded a flag certificate to Tawni P., resident of Blacksburg, Virginia.
Submitted by Jerry Ford.