report by Lew de Seife
An annual tradition of the George Mason and George Washington Chapters has been to have a joint meeting in December. At the December 9 meeting at Mount Vernon Country Club in Alexandria, we were honored to have Virginia Society President Michael Elston install the 2018 officers for both chapters.
Left to right: Joe Dooley, Gene Thomas, Andy Johnson, Ken Morris, and Pete Davenport, (George Mason Officers), VASSAR President Elston, Ernie Coggins, Dave Thomas, Jay Henn, and Tom Roth (George Washington Officers)
3 Dec 2017 Founder's Inn, Virginia Beach, VA
At the Founder's Inn on the evening of Sunday, December 3rd, Honor and Remember hosted a "Family Evening" for Gold Star Families. George Lutz, father of a fallen soldier, is the founder and executive director of Honor and Remember, Inc. This organization's purpose is to recognize the sacrifices of our fallen service members and their families. The Family Evening is held once a year, on the first Sunday in December. Gold Star families are sponsored for an evening to honor and remember these sacrifices. The Virginia SAR Color Guard, under the leadership of Southeast Region Commander Chris Melhuish, has provided the Color Guard to present the colors to begin each evening for the past five years. This year Chris was joined by three members of the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter, Michael Dennis, Charles Jameson and Bill Schwetke.
report by James Monroe Chapter President Charles Belfeld
The Warsaw Christmas Parade December 2. The James Monroe Chapter SAR and the War of 1812 Society in Va. Proudly displayed a float in the Parade. On board was Charles Belfield, Brennen Belfield , Colt and Cayden Belfield, George Becket, Jan Becket and Hugh Markham. Pulling the Float was a Patriotic display of the American Flags.
The 242nd Anniversary of the Battle of Great Bridge was celebrated this Saturday in Chesapeake, VA. The ceremony was moved to an alternate location, Great Bridge Presbyterian Church because of ongoing construction of the new Visitors' Center which impinged on the site of the monument. President General Larry Guzy and First Lady Karin Guzy represented the NSSAR, President Mike Elston represented the Virginia SAR, 1st Vice Regent Becky Rodgers represented the Virginia DAR, and President Emily Elston represented the Virginia C.A.R. The City of Chesapeake was represented by Mayor Rick West. Over one hundred people joined in the celebration that marked the victory that preserved Virginia and its resources to the cause of liberty.
This national event was organized and executed jointly by the Norfolk Chapter of the SAR and the Great Bridge Chapter of the DAR. Norfolk Chapter President Ken Hawkins and Great Bridge Chapter Regent Donna Crisp shared Master of Ceremonies responsibilities.
The keynote speaker was Phillip Hamilton, PhD., an author and professor of history at Christopher Newport University, who spoke on "From Rebellion to Revolution: Great Bridge and Its Momentous Consequences".
Dr. Hamilton was presented the SAR Silver Good Citizenship Medal by the Norfolk Chapter. Also receiving recognition was Caroline Phillips, past regent of the Great Bridge Chapter, DAR, who received one of the first Battle of Great Bridge Medals for her sustained outstanding service over decades in supporting this event.
Approximately thirty wreaths were then presented.and the bagpiper, Chris Pearcy, played the centuries old lament, "Flowers of the Forest". This was to specifically to honor our heroic adversaries who fell in this battle.
After the ceremony there was an informal luncheon at Vino's Italian Restaurant. There Norfolk Chapter President Ken Hawkins presented Great Bridge Chapter Regent Dona Crisp with the SAR Medal of Appreciation.
report by Colonel William Grayson Chapter Vice President Barry Schwoerer
2 Dec 2017 Quantico National Cemetery
The Colonel William Grayson Chapter, Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution joined hundreds of Patriotic Americans at the Annual wreath laying ceremony at Quantico National Cemetery conducted in honor of Sgt Eric McColley USMC. Green evergreen wreaths with red bows were placed on over 11,000 graves of Veterans interred at Quantico. The Chapter was joined by members of the Elizabeth McIntosh Hammill (EMH) Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, and members of the Colonel William Grayson Society Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R).
The Sgt. Mac Foundation is a non-profit organization formed to honor the memory of Marine Sgt. Eric McColley, Eric was killed along with seven fellow Marines and two Airmen when two Marine CH-53e helicopters collided off the coast of Djibouti, Africa on February 17, 2006. Eric, like so many other servicemen and women gave his life doing what he loved, serving his country.
CWG members participating were: Mike Taimi, Barry Schwoerer, Bruce Downs, Tom Warzywak, and Kevin Schwoerer. EMC Chapter DAR members included: Janie Warzywak and Anna Schwoerer. CWG Society C.A.R members included: Arianna, Sophia and Gracelynn Schwoerer
report submitted by Col William Grayson Vice President Barrry Schwoerer
At its November chapter meeting at the Stonewall Golf Club in Gainesville, Virginia, brothers Christian Wilhelm Siegfried Powers, age 5; Erik Thorsten Powers, age 4; Otto Theodor Friedrich Powers, age 2; and Henry Walther Sigismund Powers, age 1 were inducted into the Colonel William Grayson Chapter of the Virginia Sons of the American Revolution. The new junior members were proudly presented to the chapter by parents, Steven and Ashley Powers, grandparents Nathan L. and Laurie Gwaltney and great grandmother Dolly Daugherty. The Powers family lives in Leesburg, Virginia.
The Patriot ancestor of the Powers brothers was Simon C. Groot, a Private in the 2nd Albany County Militia, NY. The new members uncle, Nathan D. Gwaltney, and grandfather, Nathan L. Gwaltney, have each submitted applications for membership in NSSAR
Dr. Charles Harmon Boggs of the Fort Harrison Chapter, and 26 year member of the Virginia SAR, passed away recently. He had been Virginia SAR Surgeon 2003-2004, Fairfax Resolves President 1993-1994, and member of several state and national SAR committees. His obituary in The Roanoke Times can be found here.