The 19th anniversary of the Raid on Martin's Station and Tribute to Pioneers and Patriots sponsored by the Martin's Station and the Overmountain Men Chapters was held Saturday, May 11 at the Wilderness Road State Park in Ewing, Virginia. The main speaker was Peter Davenport, VASSAR president. Other speakers included Allan Etheridge the Acting Superintendent of the Cumberland Gap Historical Park: Scott Bowen, WRSP Park Manager; Louis Raborg, Jr, the VPG of the SAR Mid Atlantic District; David Carr, President of the Tennessee Society-SAR as well as local chapter officers.
Submitted by: Bob Vogler, Col. Geo. Waller Chapter
Below Photo: VASSAR members in attendance represented the following chapters: Martin's Station, Overmountain Men, Col. Fielding Lewis, Fairfax Resolves, Co. George Waller, Culpeper Minutemen, George Mason, & Col. William Grayson.
A NSSAR Certificate of Recognition and Medal were presented to Cadet Matthew Mckeon at an award ceremony of the Revolutionary Guards Battalion at the College of Willliam and Mary on April 24, 2019. Cadet McKeon was selected for demonstrating the highest ideals of Americanism throughout his undergraduate career. The awards were presented by Tom Morr, Chairman of ROTC awards of the Williamsburg Chapter.
Submitted by: Harley Stewart
28 Apr 2019 Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA
On a beautiful Spring morning at picturesque Hollywood Cemetery 13 Virginia compatriots from 10 chapters, led by 1st Vice President Bill Schwetke, marked President James Monroe's Birthday at his tomb. Wreaths were presented by each chapter and brief remarks made. The master of ceremonies for the wreath laying and keynote speaker was Peter Broadbent of the Richmond Chapter.
Our wreath laying program was preceded by Brigadier General Heidi J. Hoyle, Chief of Ordnance of the United States Army, who presented a wreath on behalf of President Trump and also gave stirring remarks.
27 Apr 2019 Syria, VA
Leamon Duncan fills the urn, held by Tom Hamill, with Virginia Soil. The Color Guard, left to right: Commander Paul Chase, Jim O'Kelley, Bill Schwetke, Charles Jameson, Craig Truskey, and Michael Dennis. The Flags carried by the Color Guard incuded the 3rd Detachment Flag under which the Virginians fought at Waxhaws
In a brief ceremony before the Seven Chapter Meeting at Graves Mountain Lodge today, Virginia soil was gathered in an urn, blessed by Father Henry Minich, and entrusted to Virginia SAR President Peter Davenport, who will transport it to a ceremony at the Waxhaws Battlefield in four weeks. There President Davenport will spread the Blessed Virginia Soil on the mass grave of Virginia soldiers killed there on May 29, 1780.
A Certificate of Recognition and Medal of the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution were presented to Cadet Mason Burkhead at an awards ceremony of the Panther Battalion, JROTC at Charles City High School on April 26, 2019. The school and its leaders are clearly committed to developing future leaders for military service and for our communities. The awards were presented to Cadet Mason Burkhead (center) by Williamsburg Chapter President William Greaf (left) and ROTC Awards Chairman Tom Morr (right). Submitted by: Harley Stewart
26 Apr 2019 Martinsburg, WV
This evening 1st Vice President Bill Schwetke gave a talk on the Origins of the SAR, DAR, and C.A.R. at the General Adam Stephen Chapter in Martinsburg, WV. This visit to West Virginia is part of a significant effort by the Colonel James Wood II Chapter to reach out to work with neighboring chapters, even across state lines. President Dale Corey, VP Marc Robinson, and Chaplain Raleigh Watson of the Colonel James Wood II Chapter all attended the meeting. Bill is also a dual member of the Colonel James Wood II Chapter. Bill's wife, Cat, accompanied him and took these pictures.
Colonel George Waller Compatriots Participate in Living History & Dedication of New Education & Event Center at Patrick Henry's Red Hill.
On a rainy & windy April 26, Compatriots Jeff Briggs and Bob Vogler manned a living history station and attended the dedication of the new Education and Event Center at Patrick Henry's Red Hill. The event was held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the descendants of Patrick Henry. Submitted by Bob Vogler
The James Monroe Memorial Foundation held its annual commemoration of James Monroe's birthday at his recently reconstructed birthplace in Colonial Beach, Virginia Twelve VASSAR Chapters presented wreaths: Richmond, George Mason, Col William Grayson, James Monroe, Richard Henry Lee, Fairfax Resolves, George Washington, Rappahannock, Williamsburg, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Culpeper Minutemen, and Col. Fielding Lewis. G. William Thomas, Jr, President of the James Monroe Memorial Foundation served as Master of Ceremonies. Peter Davenport, VASSAR President, discussed James Monroe's contribution to history. Virginia House of Delegates member Margaret Ransone gave remarks, and Chris Snider, aide to State Senator Bryce Reeves, read the resolution honoring our former honorary Chair, Army Secretary Jack Marsh.
More details on the James Monroe Foundation can be found at www.monroefoundation.org.
Submitted by Paul Walden
Photos below: VASSAR Color Guard, G. William Thomas, Peter Davenport, VASSAR attendees
12 Apr 2019 Halifax, NC
On this pleasant, but windy day, the SAR, SR, DAR, and the community of Halifax, NC, gathered to mark that on April 12, 1776, the Fourth Provincial Congress of North Carolina, meeting here in Halifax, adopted a resolution advocating for independence for the Colonies from Great Britain. The Virginia SAR was represented by 1st Vice President Bill Schwetke; Dan River Chapter President Gary Hall; and David Cook of the Fairfax Resolves. All three marched in the Color Guard. 1st Vice President Bill Schwetke, brought greetings from the Virginia SAR and presented the Society wreath.
After a break for lunch, the Charters of Freedom Display was dedicated at the Old Court House in Halifax.. Culpeper will have a similar display as part of the Culpeper Minutemen Memorial being dedicated this Fall. The Charters of Freedom Display includes the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and uniquely in Halifax, the Halifax Resolves.