On 9 August 2020, the Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution conducted a Color Guard Workshop and then a Flag Raising Ceremony at the Wayside Inn, Middletown, Virginia. The Wayside Inn provided a great place for the workshop. Since 1797, is has been the oldest and longest continuously run inn, in the United States. The oldest part - "Summer Kitchen" - was built as a waystation and stagecoach stope in 1742, along with the well that watered the town. The Chapter conducted training in procedures for color guard activities and then conducted a flag raising ceremony for the inn. The color guard was represented by Marc Robinson, Bill Schwetke, Erick Moore, Clay Robinson, Dennis Parmeter, Sean Carrigan and Brett Osborn. Doug Hall played drums to provide a cadence. Dale Corey and George Reeves (owner of the Wayside Inn) ceremoniously raised a new flag. Pictured in the first picture are left to right the color guard marching into position. Second picture is the guard at present arms for the raising of the flag.
Submitted by Dale Corey
Mr. Michael Cecere spoke to the Williamsburg Chapter Sons of the American Revolution in a zoom meeting on August 8, 2020. Mr. Cecere is pictured in an outfit acting as Commander of the 7th Virginia Regiment of the Continental Army (re-enactors) located in the Tidewater region. He discussed from his book on the military career of General Peter Muhlenberg, a clergyman turned soldier and admired officer of General George Washington. At Yorktown, Muhlenberg commanded the continental light infantry that stormed Redoubt No. 10. Chapter President Roger Cross presented Cecere with a Certificate of Appreciation and a Jefferson Cup. Mr. Cecere has written 17 books on the American Revolution and has taught American History for over 25 years. He was recognized by the Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution as their 2005 Outstanding Teacher of the Year. He presently resides in Williamsburg and teaches at Gloucester High School.
Submitted by: Harley Stewart
Chapter President Edmund Davidson awarded Craigsville VA Officer Corey Wood with the SAR Life Saving Medal on August 6 at the Craigsville Town Hall (see photo below)..
On June 6, 2020, Officer Wood, on his own, searched for and rescued two children from a car that had plummeted into a ravine. Tragically, the mother of the two children did not survive the accident.
Submitted by Edmund Davidson.
The 2020 Atlantic Middle States Association Meeting, our District Meeting, will be held from 9:00am to about 12:00pm on Saturday, August 8th, via a Zoom link that will be provided. More details will follow, but please let the Virginia SAR President know if you are planing to participate and to receive the details of the Zoom Link.
On 26 July 2020, the Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution presented Robbie Voorheis as it's annual Eagle Scout Essay Contest winner. The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) Eagle Scout Recognition and Scholarship Program recognizes outstanding Eagle Scouts. The program is open to all Eagle Scouts who are currently registered in an active unit and have not reached his 19th birthday during the year of application. There are three levels of competition in the SAR program. These are Chapter, State and National. The application includes a 500 word essay on a patriotic theme and a four generation genealogy chart. Eagle Scout Voorheis was selected from 17 scouts in the competition. The presentation ceremony included a Color Guard presentation of the American, Virginia State, SAR and Chapter flags. He was presented with the SAR Chapter Eagle Scout Medal, SAR Eagle Scout Patch, Certificate of Recognition and a $100 check. The ceremony was held at the Wayside Inn, Middletown, Virginia. Present with Voorheis was his father, Mark Voorheis, 28 SAR compatriots and 3 members of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Present in colonial attire for the CJWII Chapter were compatriots President Marc Robinson, VASSAR President Bill Schwetke, Vice President Chip Daniel, CJWII Past Presidents Brett Osborn and Dale Corey, compatriots Paul Christensen, Kelly Ford, Art LaFlam, Tom Reed and Jim Simmons. Pictured is Robbie Voorheis, winner of the Colonel James Wood II Chapter Eagle Scout Essay Contest.
Lee Popham of the Florida Society won the
John Dodd of the California S0ciety won
the Yorktown Knife.
1st Choice - Tom Badamo, Virginia Society
2nd Choice - Joe Vancura, Georgia Society
The first picture is of compatriots who participated in the ceremony. Front row l-r are Nathan Poe, Sean Carrigan, Eric Robinson and Art LaFlam. Back row l-r are Brett Osborn, Dale Corey, Erick Moore, Mike Dennis, Bill Schwetke, Charles Jameson, Chip Daniel and Marc Robinson. The second picture is of the musket squad, l-r Marc Robinson, Brett Osborn, Sean Carrigan, Bill Schwetke, Erick Moore, Mike Dennis, Eric Robinson and Art LaFlam.
Submitted by Dale Corey.
04 Jul 2020 Culpeper, VA
The Culpeper Minutemen Chapter hosted the Celebration of our Declaration of Independence on the Courthouse Lawn with a crowd of over 100 looking on. Distinguished participants in the ceremony were Benjamin Franklin (portrayed by our friend Barry Stevens), Culpeper Mayor Michael Olinger, District 30 Delegate Nick Freitas, and Virginia SAR President Bill Schwetke. Four Virginia SAR Chapters participated: the Culpeper Minutemen, Colonel James Wood II, Colonel William Grayson and the Fairfax Resolves. The Culpeper Minute Men Chapter DAR also participated in the ceremony and the Fauquier Court House Chapter DAR provided support. CMM President Charles Jameson was the Master of Ceremonies, Virginia SAR President Bill Schwetke brought greetings from the Virginia Society, Tom Hamill read the Declaration of Independence, and CMM Chaplain Len Cowherd provided the invocation and benediction. Virginia SAR Color Guard Commander Ken Bonner led the Color Guard in posting the colors and firing a three-volley salute.