President William Greaf (left) and Vice President Jay Smith (right) present speaker Terry Walker (center) with a Jefferson Cup and a Certificate of Appreciation. Walker served as a Sentinel of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in 1978-1979 and is Badge Holder 212. This was preceded by four years service in the U. S. Army including the Honor Guard. He spoke on the reason for the Sentinels, a history of the Tomb and the Unknown Soldiers interred there, how one becomes a Sentinel, their training, and requirements for receiving the Tomb Guard Badge. He closed with some of his personal experiences.
Submitted by: Harley Stewart
On Saturday, November 17, Compatriot Leamon Duncan was presented with a flag certificate for flying the flag at his home 24/7 and lighted at night. Making the presentation was Dave Button, Flag Committee Chairman, Colonel Willliam Grayson Chapter, Submitted by Dave Button.
14 Nov 2018 Harrisonburg, VA
Five DAR chapters from District Six gathered in Harrisonburg today for their annual National Defense Luncheon. Three Virginia SAR officers attended, President Pat Kelly, 2nd Vice President Bill Schwetke, and Surgeon Kirk Sheap. The DAR presented all three with Vietnam Veteran lapel pins.
On November 11, 2018 the Prince William Resolves Chapter, NSDAR and the Freedom Museum in Manassas, VA co-hosted a World War I Commemorative event as part of their overall Veterans Day observance. The ceremony featured a reading of every Prince William County resident who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Great War. Shown (from left to right) flanking the bell that tolled after every name was read, as well as again at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, are Will Simpson (Col. Fielding Lewis Chapter), Past VASSAR President Bill Simpson (Col. Fielding Lewis Chapter), Jay Henn (George Washington Chapter), and Ritchie Dagg (Col. Fielding Lewis Chapter).
Submitted by Jay Henn
On November 11, George Corbett, Flag Chairman for the Williamsburg Chapter, presented a flag certificate to Mr. and Mrs. Antony Abate for their proper display and care of the flag at their home. From left to right is Don Brannon, Eileen Abate, Antony Abate and George Corbett.. Submitted by George Corbett
Williamsburg Chapter and Colonial Williamsburg Joined Forces and Produced a Memorable Event Honoring the 100th Anniversary of World War I
The Colonel James Wood II Chapter provided a color guard for the Marine Ball held 10 Nov 2018 at the James Charles Winery, Winchester, VA. Present for the chapter were compatriots Brett Osborn, Dale Corey & Marc Robinson.
Submitted by Dale Corey, President
On November 10, President Ernie Coggins, Secretary Tom Roth, and Paul Walden honored seven veterans living at the Sunrise at Mount Vernon Assisted Living facility in Alexandria. The Reverend Thomas Costa, who was spoken to our chapter before, and conducts Sunday morning prayer services at the facility, started the ceremony by reading the lyrics from the Johnny Cash song “Ragged Old Flag.” After Reverend Costa’s wife, Susan, led us in singing the National Anthem, each veteran was presented with a certificate of recognition for their service and a “Proud to be a Veteran” lapel pin. Many veterans now living in assisted living facilities and nursing homes are often forgotten, so the ceremony reminded them of our nation’s gratitude for their service. The veterans honored were:
Henry Malik (Navy), Bob Stickell (Navy), Eric Wilder, (Army), Karl Norris (Army), Ron Sedlacek (Navy), Irwin Simensky (Army), and Gene Swedo (Air Force).
A cake in red, white and blue icing with the caption “Sons of the American Revolution Salutes Our Veterans” was then served. The George Washington Chapter was indeed honored to salute these esteemed veterans of our armed forces.
Then, to show our chapter’s gratitude for Reverend Costa’s service to the public, our chapter, and supporting local Revolutionary War-era history, the Bronze Good Citizenship medal was awarded to him. We even met a resident of the facility who is interested in joining the SAR! Submitted by Paul Walden
Below on left (L to R) Tom Roth, Ernie Coggins and Paul Walden with one of the honored veterans at Sunrise; On the right, Rev. Costa receives his Bronze Good Citizenship Medal
On November 10, a plaque commemorating George Washington and his connection with historic Pohick Church in Lorton, Virginia, was unveiled. Pohick Church was the parish church of George Washington, George Mason, and George Fairfax. George Washington, as church warden, is credited for selecting its current location. The U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps provided a moving musical accompaniment, followed by speakers from George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the Weems-Botts Museum, DAR, Brotherhood of St. Andrew, and the Virginia Department of Historical Resources. Doug Smith, both a member of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew and a very recent member of the George Washington Chapter VASSAR, gave greetings. The Reverend Thomas Costa, portraying the colonial Rector of Pohick Church Lee Massey, led the Order of Morning Prayer, using the same 1662 Book of Common Prayer that was used in Washington’s time.
Submitted by Paul Walden