17-18 Feb 2017 South Boston, VA
The 236th Anniversary of the Crossing of the Dan was celebrated Saturday at the Prizery and on the river front in South Boston, VA. During the week there were several activities, including competitions among the school children, in remembrance of this significant Revolutionary War event. 22 Virginia SAR compatriots, from 14 chapters, were joined by many others from North Carolina for this event. Virginia SAR was represented by President Mike Elston, and NSSAR was represented by Vice-President General Mark Brennan.
Saturday morning a crowd of well over 100 gathered in the Prizery auditorium for the Crossing of the Dan Program. Past Virginia SAR President Phil Williams was the master of ceremonies. The program began with the SAR Color Guard posting the colors, then greetings from: Host Chapter President Bernard Baker Halifax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Dennis Witt, Halifax Town Manager Carly Espy, South Boston Town Manager Tom Raab, and Berryman Green Chapter NSDAR Regent Barbara Bass.
The program was an update on the progress of the Southern Campaign by General Nathanael Green, portrayed by Dan McMichael.
After the program in the Prizery, the group marched behind the Color Guard down to the monument on the river for presentations of the wreaths.
This got great coverage in area newspapers, which can be seen at:
The Gazette Virginian:
The Gazette-Virginian (#2):
The Martinsville Bulletin:
Go Dan River.com: