The Col. James Wood II Chapter was involved with a number of Fourth of July activities this year. The first occurred at the Walking Mall in Winchester, Va on Thursday July 3rd starting at 4 pm and ending with a wonderful fireworks display. The Color Guard helped to open the evening's event by presenting the colors and the crowd singing the National Anthem. Other members were on the Mall with an information booth in continental attire, giving out SAR / Chapter information and Betsy Ross Flags to the children (photo 1). On the 4th, Compatriot Brett Osborn read the Declaration of Independence to those gathered on the walking mall in Winchester (photo 2)
Photo #1 L-R CJWII President Dale Corey, VP Marc Robinson, Marty Keesecker Gen. Adam Stephens Chapter (dual member), and Vangy Robninson
Photo #3 Declaration of Independence Reading L-R Lon Lacy, Alan Lacey, Paul Chase, Mike Tomme, Mike Dennis, Craig Trusky, Marc Robinson, Tom Hamill, Charles Jameson, Alonzo Lacey, Bill Schwetke.
On the Fourth, Color Guard member, Marc Robinson assisted the Culpeper Chapter with their celebration reading of the Declaration of Independence on the Culpeper Court House Lawn (photo 3), while our compatriot Paul Christensen marched with the Color Guard in the local Leesburg 4th of July parade (photo 4, far right).
This year the surrounding SAR Chapters have stepped up to help each other's events to help spread the word and present a bigger presence at each event. Other Chapters represented were: Culpeper Minutemen Chapter, James Monroe Chapter, Col. William Grayson Chapter, Fairfax Resolves Chapter.
Submitted by Bill Wood