On 30 December 2020, the Richard Henry Lee (RHL) Chapter of the Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (VASSAR) presented a Flag Certificate of Commendation to the Boat Club in White Stone.
In the COVID restricted ceremony, Paul Carlson of Reedville, RHL’s Flag Committee Chairman, presented the Certificate. Also representing RHL, at the presentation, was Rick Frisby of Weems and Jim Russell Jr. of Heathsville, respectively President and First-Vice President of RHL.
Receiving the Certificate was Boat Club President, William Powell, with Club members Fletcher Brown, James Loving and Todd Dabney in attendance.
The Certificate is authorized by the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR) and may be made to individuals and organizations that properly display the American Flag, says Chairman Carlson.
RHL encourages all citizens to show their patriotism by flying an American Flag outside their home especially on Flag Day. In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. If you have questions about how to display the American Flag, please contact Paul Carlson (email@example.com) or Rick Frisbie (firstname.lastname@example.org).
RHL shares with the community that it is hoped that 2021 will be better year than 2020. RHL usually has eight membership meetings in a year, but they only had one in 2020.
The next planned membership meeting of RHL (COVID permitting) will be on March 16 at Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club. The guest speaker will be Peter Jennings Wrike. Mr. Wrike is a celebrated author and speaker about the Revolutionary War. He will speak on spousal support during the War, generally, and, in particular, the support rendered by Martha Dandridge Washington and Martha Wayles Jefferson. Cobb’s Hall Daughters of the American Revolution has been invited to join RHL at this meeting, says President Frisbie.
If you have an interest in joining RHL and believe you can establish a direct line to a patriot who served in the Continental Army, State Militia, or performed some service that aided the war effort, please contact Rick Frisbie (contact info above) or the RHL registrar, Wally Dawson (email@example.com). Come join us and listen to interesting lectures about our heritage and help us with our youth programs, recognizing local citizens and participating in some planned field trips.
Submitted by Don Smith
The Colonel James Wood II Chapter participated in a Virtual Presentation of the Commemoration of the Battle of Trenton that was held on 26 December 2020. This event was sponsored by the Princeton Cranbury Chapter of the New Jersey Society SAR. Jack Manning, President General participated as did twenty State Societies for the commemoration. Present for the Virginia Society were Virginia State President Bill Schwetke and First Vice President Jeff Thomas who represented the Fairfax Resolves Chapter. Charles Jameson, was present for the Culpeper Minutemen. Participating for the Colonel James Wood II Chapter were Paul Christensen, Dale Corey, Chip Daniel, Brett Osborn, Clay Robinson and Marc Robinson. There will be a follow up virtual presentation for the Battle of Princeton on 3 January 2021.
Submitted by Dale Corey
09 Dec 2020 Culpeper, VA
At daybreak on December 9th, 1775 the British attacked the Virginians, including the Culpeper Minute Battalion, blocking their access to the main road from Norfolk to North Carolina at the south end of the Great Bridge. The British were decisively defeated and soon would abandon Norfolk. This morning, as the day broke, representatives from the Virginia SAR and five chapters marked that event at the Culpeper Minute Battalion Monument in Yowell Meadow Park in Culpeper. Participating were Virginia SAR President Bill Schwetke and members of the Colonel James Wood II, Colonel William Grayson, Culpeper Minutemen, George Mason, and Thomas Nelson, Jr Chapters. The Culpeper Minutemen organized the ceremony which included wreath presentations and musket volleys.
The temperature at daybreak in Culpeper was 25˚ making it a very brisk morning. Most of the attendees joined for breakfast, fellowship and warmth, at the Frost Cafe after the ceremony.,
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06 Dec 2020 Virginia Beach, VA
On Sunday evening the Honor & Remember, Inc. hosted Gold Star Families for a Gold Star Family Evening. This annual event honors the families of America's fallen heroes. Founder George Lutz's son was killed in Iraq in 2005. In reaction to the pain that his family felt, George Lutz as dedicated his time and resources in many different ways to ease the pain of other Gold Star Families. For the past seven years the Virginia SAR has provided the Color Guard for the opening ceremonies. Chris Melhuish of the Norfolk Chapter has led the effort to support this event.
The pandemic made this Gold Star Family Evening more challenging, but Mr. Lutz was up to the challenge. Families were grouped in separate rooms so that no one room had more than 25 people inside. The program centered on one room and was presented on large screens in every room. The pandemic did not stop Honor and Remember from providing Christmas cheer and a special evening to Gold Star Families.
05 Dec 2020 Brandy Station, VA
The Culpeper Minutemen Chapter presented a Certificate of Appreciation to the Commemorative Air Force in thanks for their support with a flyover of World War II aircraft during the dedication ceremony for the Culpeper Minute Battalion Memorial in Culpeper on Oct 24th. Leading the Culpeper Minutemen to this presentation was President Charles Jameson and he was accompanied by Michael Dennis, Tom Hamill, and Virginia SAR President Bill Schwetke.
Submitted by Barry Schwoerer, Col. Wm. Grayson Chapter