19 Oct 2016 Yorktown, VA
Yorktown Victory Day began with the annual wreath laying at the tomb of Thomas Nelson, Jr., who signed the Declaration of Independence, served as a general of Virginia Militia, and was a governor of Virginia during the revolution. President General Mike Tomme represented the SAR, President Ed Truslow represented the Virginia SAR, and 1st Vice President Mike Elston was the master of ceremonies. Virginia SAR Chaplain Gene Thomas offered the invocation and benediction; and Virginia SAR Color Guard Commander Darrin Schmidt commanded the Color Guard. Six SAR state societies and 14 Virginia SAR chapters participated in the ceremony and marched in the parade. Participating Virginia chapters included: Col. Fielding Lewis, Col James Wood II, Culpeper Minutemen, Col. William Grayson, Fairfax Resolves, Fort Harrison, George Mason, George Washington, Norfolk, Richard Henry Lee, Richmond, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Nelson, Jr., and Williamsburg.
As the wreath presenters were called forward by Master of Ceremonies Mike Elston, Color Guard Commander Darrin Schmidt accepted and placed the wreaths.
Immediately after the wreath laying ceremony, approximately 40 compatriots, led by President General Mike Tomme and Virginia SAR President Ed Truslow, and supported by members of the C.A.R., mustered for the parade. They mustered on Church Street, then marched to Main Street, five blocks down Main Street and past the reviewing stand, the fell out into the field on Zweybrucken Street for photos.