As part of a tradition that spans over 50 years, the George Washington Chapter organized an Independence Day Commemoration at George Washington's Mount Vernon. The parade up the bowling green in front of the mansion was led by the talented Frederick Town Fife and Drum Corps and the VASSAR Color Guard. Chapter Vice President David Thomas served as Master of Ceremonies, Chapter President Ernest Coggins delivered an address, and VASSAR Orations Contest winner, Miss Gabby Luchetti from Bishop O'Connell High School, delivered her speech. The event concluded with a wreath laying at General Washington's tomb by 1st VASSAR Vice President Pete Davenport and past George Washington Chapter President Paul Walden. Members of the SAR, DAR, and public were then invited to lay carnations at the entrance to his tomb. Over 40 compatriots from the George Washington, George Mason, Fairfax Resolves, Culpeper Minutemen, Norfolk, Richmond, Dan River, and William Grayson VASSAR Chapters participated in the event.
After that event, GWSAR Vice President Dave Thomas participated in the Naturalization Ceremony for 101 new citizens in leading the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
March up the Bowling Green, led by the VASSAR Color Guard and Frederick Town Fife and Drum Corps
George Washington Chapter Vice President Dave Thomas as Master of Ceremonies
George Washington Chapter President Ernest Coggins addresses the audience
Presentation of Wreath at Gen. Washington's tomb by past George Washington Chapter President Paul Walden (left) and 1st VASSAR VP Vice President Pete Davenport (right)
SAR Participants, VASSAR Color Guard and Frederick Town Fife and Drum Corps