Washington, DC Parade
report by Lew de Seife
Today 24 members of the Sons of the American Revolution participated in the Annual Memorial Day parade in Washington, DC. The George Washington Chapter organizes the SAR participation each year. President Mike Tomme represented NSSAR and President Mike Elston represented the Virginia SAR. Five Virginia Chapters participated: Colonel Fielding Lewis, Colonel William Grayson, Culpeper Minutemen, Fairfax Resolves, and George Washington. The parade was nationally televised.
Culpeper National Cemetery
report by Cat Schwetke
The typical large crowd gathered at Culpeper National Cemetery to honor our dead. 6 Virginia SAR members attended from 3 different chapters: Colonel William Grayson, Culpeper Minutemen, and George Mason. 3 members participated in the combined SAR/VFW Color Guard. Charles Jameson presented the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter Wreath.
report by James Monroe Chapter President Charles Belfield
The James Monroe chapter color guardsman Charles Belfield and Bart Morrison presented the colors today at the Northern Neck Memorial Day Observance in Montross. The names of Westmoreland, Northumberland, Richmond and Lancaster County KIAs were read followed by a moment of silence then a musket salute and taps rounded out the program.
Harrisonburg - Rockingham County
report by Fort Harrison Chapter President Kirk Sheap
On Memorial Day, Compatriots of the Fort Harrison Chapter participated with the Massanutton Chapter DAR in a ceremony honoring those from Harrisonburg and Rockingham County who died in the service of our nation from WW I through the present conflicts. This is the second year that our Chapter has been invited by the Massanutton Chapter DAR to join with them in this ceremony.
Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery
report by past Virginia SAR President Reverdy Wright
Members of the Fincastle Resolutions Chapter and New River Valley Chapter laid wreaths at the Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery on Memorial Day.
After the wreath-laying, the compatriots gathered at the Bench donated by Virginia SAR to dedicate it as our Society's gift to the Cemetery. The short ceremony included a prayer that the Bench may provide comfort to those who come to pay respects to those who rest there.
report by Lew de Seife
report by Brett Osborn
The Colonel James Wood II Chapter Color Guard supported the Clarke County Memorial Day Service at Rose Hill Park in Berryville.
Picture shows Bagpiper Bryant Condrey, CJWII Chapter President Rob Andrews with musket, Brett Osborn hidden behind National Colors and Ralph Pierce, CJW II Chapter 1st Vice President carrying Virginia State flag.