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.