On 19 Dec, the Colonel James Wood II Chapter in coordination with the Shenandoah Christian Alliance and the Wayside Inn sponsored a Colonial Dinner at the Wayside Inn, Middletown, Virginia. This event was a commemoration of the patriots of General George Washington's Continental Army who entered their winter encampment at Valley Forge 241 years ago on December 19th, 1777. Attending were 92 guests from the SAR, DAR, C.A.R. and the local community who assembled for a program emceed by CJWII President Dale Corey. The program began with introduction of guest, the posting of the colors by the CJWII Color Guard, an invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance. This was followed by a presentation from Abel Johnston, portrayed by his descendant, Larry Johnson, who gave a gripping account of what it was like to survive that winter at Valley Forge. Although Abel was serving in North Carolina at that time, his brother was there and Abel reiterated what he had heard from his brother. This was followed by perspectives from Compatriot Dale Carpenter and Mark Quimby about the trials and tribulations endured by veterans of the Revolutionary War and in todays armed forces. A patriots roll was called with each descendant of a patriot answering the for their ancestor. Christmas carols were sung, the colors retired and everyone was wished a Merry Christmas and enjoyment of the blessings we have inherited from our patriot ancestors. Submitted by Dale Corey, Chapter President
On a cold and rainy Saturday afternoon, eight compatriots of the George Washington Chapter laid wreaths at veterans' graves at the Alexandria National Cemetery. The chapter in total raised $3,000 for wreaths. In the photo below (L to R): Tom Roth, Jack Coulter, John Brigden, Paul Walden, Peter Schmidt, and Jamie Callender. Also participating but not in the photo were Greg and Isaac Bodge.
On 15 Dec, 92 members of the Fort Loudoun Chaper of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Lawrence Augustine Washington Children of the American Revolution, the Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and their guests celebrated Christmas at the George Washington Hotel in Winchester. The program was emcee'd by Margaret Boppe with Jody Elson, Kera Ware, Patricia Radney, Diane Pence, Dale Corey, Sharon Strickland, Pat Craft, Joan Wood and Lanette Rhodes having active parts in the program. After a call to order, the Colonel James Wood II Color Guard presented the colors during the opening ceremonies. The guest speaker was Ed Lengel, an independent author and lecturer presenting the American way of war from General George Washington to General John J. Pershing. Submitted by Dale Corey, President,Colonel James Wood II Chapter
Charles Belfield spoke to the Newport News Warwick Chapter DAR portraying his ancestor John Belfield giving a personal account why he was fighting and about war experiences
The James Monroe Chapter had a float in the Warsaw Christmas parade: in the below photo are compatriots George Beckett as George Washington, troops Brennen, Charles Belfield and pending members Cayden and Colt Belfield.
Submitted by Charles Belfield
Continuing an annual tradition, the George Mason and George Washington Chapters had a joint meeting at the Mount Vernon Country Club to share some Christmas camaraderie and install their chapter officers. VASSAR 1st VP Pete Davenport installed the new officers of both chapters.
Below: George Mason Chapter Officers Installed (L to R): Ralph Lewis, Treasurer; Joe Dooley, Registrar; Robert Shumaker, Vice President; Ken Morris, President, Gene Thomas, Chaplain
Below: George Washington Chapter Officers Installed (L to R): Richard Rankin, Secretary; Tom Roth, Treasurer; Jay Henn, Vice President; Dave Thomas, President
On the left, Ernie Coggins, outgoing George Washington Chapter President, presents the Chapter President Insignia to Dave Thomas; on the right, outgoing George Mason Chapter President Pete Davenport presents the Chapter President Insignia to Ken Morris
At the December 5th meeting of the James Monroe Chapter #549, National Sojourners held at Shadwell Restaurant in Charlottesville, Dr. Christopher N. Sheap, a member of that Chapter and Past President of the Fort Harrison Chapter, VASSAR, presented Scott L. Fielding, President of the James Monroe Chapter with a NSSAR Certificate for U.S. Flag Retirement on behalf of the Fort Harrison Chapter in appreciation of the continued efforts of the James Monroe Chapter in properly disposing of worn American Flags. Submitted by Compatriot Christoper Sheap
02 Dec 2018 Virginia Beach, VA
The Virginia SAR Color Guard, commanded by Tidewater Region Commander Chris Melhuish, presented the colors at the opening of the Honor & Remember Banquet for Gold Star Families at the Founders' Inn in Virginia Beach. Chris Melhish and Jeff Brown of the Norfolk Chapter were joined by Michael Dennis, Charles Jameson, and Bill Schwetke of the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter. The Virginia SAR Color Guard has supported this worthy event for the past several years.
As part of the St. Andrews' Society of Washington, DC's annual Christmas Walk festivities, Compatriot Edgar Bates placed a wreath at the grave of Patriot William Hunter, buried in the Old Presbyterian Meeting House in Alexandria. Below (L to R) Edgar Bates and Brian Mabry, President of the St. Andrews Society of Washington, DC
Eagle Scout Tyler Coenen was awarded a NSSAR Certificate of Recognition at a Court of Honor of BSA Troop 414 at Toano, VA Our Savior Lutheran Church on December 1, 2018. Tyler is only 14 years of age. When asked, he aspires to help other scouts achieve Eagle Scout rank. The certificate was presented by Harley Stewart, past-president of the Williamsburg Chapter. From left, Matthew Slack, Asst. Scoutmaster and chapter member; Tom Spalthof, Asst. Scoutmaster; Heath Richardson, Scoutmaster and Chapter Eagle Scout Chairman; Stewart. (The latter had not been in a fight – just some surgery.)
Submitted by: Harley Stewart