Combined Virginia Color Guard presents colors in front of the Spirit of Loudoun Revolutionary war Memorial (Dale Corey CJW-II VA SAR)
On 12 August 1776, two-hundred and forty-six years ago plus one day, the Declaration of Independence was read, for the first time in Virginia, from the door of the original Loudoun County Courthouse by Sheriff Philip Noland. The reading on 12 August 1776 was in response to an order by Virginia Governor Patrick Henry that the Declaration must be read in every Virginia county and town. The order by Governor Patrick Henry and repeated by Loudoun County officials is recorded in a Court Order Book in the Historic Documents section of the Loudoun County Courthouse. Copies of that Order Book entry, and other historic Revolutionary War era documents were displayed by Historical Archivist Eric Larsen.
The Sgt Maj John Champe (SMJC) Chapter sponsored a re-enactment of the Reading of the Declaration of Independence with multiple Virginia SAR Compatriots in militia uniform, similar to the uniforms worn by the majority of Loudoun County men who marched off to the Revolutionary War. Representatives of Daughters and Children of the American Revolution joined SMJC SAR and shared in the reading of sections of the Declaration. A one-third size liberty bell brought by SMJC applicant, and Loudoun County resident ,Warner Workman, was rung after each section was read and the bell was rung multiple times as the reading completed. "LET FREEDOM RING" and three "HUZZAH's" were spoken loudly along with multiple rings as the ceremony closed. Children from the Reverend John Marks Society Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R) and their acting Senior President Holly-Lynn Schmidt, led the Pledge of Allegiance and handed out small American Flags and booklets of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence. Col. William Grayson C.A.R member Jacob Schwoerer was bell ringer, and carried his Society flag in Color Guard. Leesburg Mayor Kelly Burk brought greetings on behalf of Leesburg residents, and was presented a Certificate of Appreciation for her participation in the 18 June 2022 Commemoration of the Loudoun Resolves.
Declaration of Independence readers were: Barry Schwoerer (SMJC), Nancy Spannaus (Historian and Katoctin DAR), Dale Corey (CJW-II), Anita Bonner (Lanes Mill DAR), Richard Ryan (SMJC), Mayor Kelly Burk (Leesburg), Ed Spannaus (President Sgt Lawrence Everhart MD SAR), Jim Cordes (Fairfax Resolves), Joe Rohrbaugh (SMJC), Steve Riddle (SMJC), Jeff Sterling (CWG), and Ken Bonner (SMJC).
Wreaths to honor the Declaration of Independence were presented by Ken Bonner for SMJC, Vice President General Peter Davenport for the mid-Atlantic Assn. SAR, Ken Morris for George Mason, Dave Cook for Fairfax Resolves, Jeff Sterling for Col Wm Grayson, Dale Corey for Col James Wood II, Ed Spannaus Sgt Lawrence Everhart MD SAR, Nancy Watford Ketoctin DAR, Paula Schwoerer Elizabeth McIntosh Hammill DAR, Anita Bonner Lanes Mill DAR, Anne Ballenger Mary Hemings Bell DAR, and Jacob Schwoerer CWG C.A.R.
A combined Honor and Color Guard presented the Flags of the United States, Commonwealth of Virginia, 250th Anniversary of the USA, and chapter flags for SMJC, CJW-II, Fairfax Resolves, George Mason, Daughters of the American Revolution, Elizabeth McIntosh Hammill DAR, CWG C.A.R. Barry Schwoerer acted as Color Guard Commander, Darrin Schmidt was Honor Guard Commander, Clay Robinson and Richard Tyler both from CJW-II were sentries for the Liberty Bell replica and the Spirit of Loudoun memorial statue