Today's commemoration began with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary Soldier Buried in the Old Presbyterian Meeting House. Members from the Col. William Grayson, Fairfax Resolves, George Mason, and George Washington Chapters, as well as VASSAR President Pat Kelly presented wreaths at the Tomb
The event continued with over 20 VASSAR Compatriots marching in the George Washington Birthday parade, led by the Frederick Town Fife and Drum Corps. Despite the gloomy weather, there was a great turnout for the parade through Old Town
Last summer, Compatriot John Allen discovered that in the cemetery of Centre Presbyterian Church in Mooresville 33 American Patriots are memorialized. Since then the Board of Managers has been working with the Centre Session to find a way to honor these men who left their homes and families in order to take up arms in the cause of freedom. Last night, at the Presidents Day Dinner, I was able to announce plans to install a granite monument in the Centre Church Cemetery as a lasting tribute to these men.
For this effort, we have set a goal of raising $8900 by the end of July. This is an ambitious goal, especially when you consider that our yearly budget is about $5000 which in itself is only possible due to the generous contributions that many of you made with your yearly dues. We will be reaching out to other SAR and DAR Chapters along with other groups and individuals, but we will need your help.
You can find more information about this project along with directions for donating by check or credit card here - http://www.mecklenburgsar.org/chapternews/chapternews_33_patriots.html. Donations in any amount will be greatly appreciated. May I suggest that you consider a donation of $33 in honor of the sacrifices our own ancestors made for our independence? All donations are tax-deductible and will be acknowledged in the program for the dedication ceremony.
Charles Belfied, James Monroe Chapter, Presents Program to Students of the Light of the World Academy, Essex County
Charles Belfield, James Monroe Chapter, presented a program to the students at Light of the World Academy In Essex County. The program encouraged students to learn American History and how possibly their Ancestors played a part in it. Over 40 students and teachers attended the program . Eras of history covered 1700 to 1750, The American Revolution, War of 1812 and the Civil War. Compatriot Belfield portrayed his ancestors that lived in those times. At the end of the program the students enjoyed having a hands on time with many artifacts he has collected from each era.
VASSAR President's Letter to Virginia House of Delegates and Senate on Legislation Affecting War Monuments
Paul Chase of the Colonel William Grayson Chapter gave a talk to the Manassas Lions Club on the process of writing and publishing his book and a summary of the contents of his book: The American Revolution: A Compendium of Terms and Topics.
The talk described lessons learned in selecting a suitable topic, developing a manuscript, finding and choosing a publisher, and the publishing process. Paul gave a summary of the information in his book with a focus on Terms and Topics not adequately covered in other books on the American Revolution.
There were 17 Lions present at the meeting. Following the presentation, Paul sold and autographed six books. After the Lions meeting, Paul was invited to make his presentation to the Lifelong Learning Institute and their typical audience of about one-hundred members. Manassas Lions Club President Sharon Ashurst introduced Paul.
CWG Flag Committee Chairman Dave Button presented Mayor Hal Parish a Certificate for proper display of the U.S. Flag at the Manassas City Hall. The City displays the flag (24 ft x 7 ft) all year and illuminates the flag at night. The Mayor accepted the certificate on behalf of the City of Manassas as the City Council observed the presentation. Chapter Vice President Barry Schwoerer, in the uniform of a typical Revolutionary War militiaman, accompanied Mr. Button. The certificate is the second presented to a function of the Manassas City Government; the first was to the Manassas Museum in the Fall of 2017.