23 April 2022 John Champe Homesite, Middleburg, VA
The first battle of the Revolutionary War took place 19 April 1775 at Lexington, Massachusetts. On that day, a small company of militiamen commanded by Captain John Parker engaged a much larger British force. Eight men were killed in the initial exchange of musket fire. The Sgt Maj John Champe (SMJC) Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), commemorated the “Shot heard around the world” with a remembrance by Virginia SAR Chaplain Reverend Dr. Eugene Thomas followed by ringing a bell after the names of each of the first eight killed in action were read. A moment of silence was observed for other militiamen killed on that date. Ringing the bell were Jacob Schwoerer and Christian Powers both junior members of the SMJC Chapter.
L-R; Christian Powers, Jacob Schwoerer, Reverend Dr Eugene Thomas, Ken Bonner