Updates or corrections to the published schedule should be submitted to the VASSAR Color Guard Commander.

Guardsmen should evaluate their ability to participate in physically stressful conditions.  Event Color Guard Commanders will conduct a safety walk-through of the venue before the event commences and raise safety-related issues (e.g., heat index, trip hazards, etc.) with the event coordinator for resolution and mitigation.  ALL firelocks brought to the event will be safety-checked before the event commences -- without exception.  Firelocks that do not pass or have not been safety-checked will not be permitted at the event site.

In case of a VASSAR-related accident/incident, the VASSAR Accident/Incident Report form (clickable link updated February 2023) is also provided in the Resource Section (see pull down tab).  Event coordinators are strongly encouraged to have a blank paper copy available

Insurance:  VASSAR insurance coverage does not extend to non-VASSAR members, such as DAR, C.A.R., or re-enactors. Event coordinators should critically review any non-VASSAR individual participation in our color guards (especially in a black powder firing event) if the participating individual's organization is not covered by an insurance company.  If in doubt, contact the VASSAR Insurance Advisor, Compatriot Richard Rankin.  As of December 2023, VASSAR has exchanged Certificates of Insurance (COI) with the following State SAR Societies: GA, KY, NC, NH, NJ, PA, SC, TN, and WVA.  It also holds COIs from the 1st and 7th VA Regiments (reenactors).  It should be noted that not every SAR State Society currently has liability insurance.

Heat Index: For outdoor summer events, an extra line has been added to the event schedule.  This is the predicted heat index (based on air temperature and humidity).  Heat indices below 80 F will be in black font; 80-89 F in amber font; and 90+ in red font. Color Guardsmen should be mindful of any underlying medical conditions and age.  Please hydrate well in advance of the event if high heat index is predicted.  Avoid standing for prolonged periods in direct sun.  Consider wearing the cooler militia hunting smock, instead of the wool Regimental coat.

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The 2024 schedule


June 10th, 2024, Tuesday (11:00 am) - Dr. Joseph Warren Commemoration, Front Royal, VA

Event Level: Chapter
Host/POC: Col. James Wood II Chapter VASSAR / Dale Corey.
Location: Warren County Admin Building, 220 N. Commerce Ave, Front Royal, VA.
Firing Event: Yes
Event Color Guard Commander: Corey.
Heat Index: 77F
Details: Commemoration to Dr Joseph Warren on his birthday, the county's namesake.  Joseph Warren, a Founding Father of the United States, was an American physician who was one of the most important figures in the Patriot movement in Boston during the early days of the American Revolution, author of the Suffolk Resolves, and served as President of the revolutionary Massachusetts Provincial Congress.  He dispatched Paul Revere on his famous ride and fought at the battle of Bunker Hill.  He was at the front of the battle on Breeds Hill, where he was killed in action.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees: Carrigan, Corey, Daniel, B.Schwetke.


INFORMATION: June 14th, 2024, Friday – 249th Anniversary of the US Army
Event Level: Not a National Event for Color Guard medal purposes.

On 14 June 1775, Congress "Resolved, That six companies of expert riflemen, be immediately raised in Pennsylvania, two in Maryland, and two in Virginia… [and] as soon as completed, shall march and join the army near Boston, to be there employed as light infantry, under the command of the chief Officer in that army."
The delegates then prescribed an oath of enlistment that required the soldiers to swear:
“I have, this day, voluntarily enlisted myself, as a soldier, in the American continental army, for one year, unless sooner discharged: And I do bind myself to conform, in all instances, to such rules and regulations, as are, or shall be, established for the government of the said. Army.”
The next day Congress voted to appoint George Washington “to command all the Continental forces” and began laying the foundation for "the American army."


INFORMATION: June 14th, 2024, Friday - Flag Day
Event Level: Not a National Event for Color Guard medal purposes.

Flag Day is celebrated on June 14 every year and commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States. In 1777, the second continental congress passed a resolution stating that “the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation”. George Washington’s troops now had a new, unified flag to represent their cause.  A brief discussion on the Hopkinson and Betsy Ross flags may be found here (link): Hopkinson
There were few public ceremonies that honored the flag until June 14, 1877, when it was flown from every government building for the centennial of the flag’s adoption. After that, many citizens and organizations advocated the adoption of a National Day of Commemoration for the flag. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson unofficially declared June 14 as Flag Day.
Coincidentally, Wilson also proclaimed “The Star-Spangled Banner” the U.S. national anthem that same year. Nonetheless, Congress did not designate the song as the national anthem until 1931, and only in 1949 did President Harry Truman sign the legislation that made June 14 of each year Flag Day.


June 14th, 2024, Friday (10:00 am) - Flag Day Harrisonburg, VA

Event Level: Chapter
Host/POC: Fort Harrison Chapter VASSAR / TBD.
Location: 173 W Spotswood Ave., Elkton, VA.
Firing Event: Yes
Event Color Guard Commander: Corey
Heat Index: 95F (peak)
Details: A ceremony to conduct a Flag Retirement.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees: Carrigan, Corey, Daniel, A.Phillips.


June 14th, 2024, Friday (1:00 pm) - Flag Day, Flag Retirement with Girl Scouts, VA
Event Level: Chapter
Host/POC: Col. James Wood II Chapter VASSAR / Dale Corey.
Location:  TBD.
Firing Event: Yes
Event Color Guard Commander: Corey.
Heat Index:
Details: Combined event with the Girl Scouts to conduct a Flag Retirement Ceremony.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees: Carrigan, Corey, Daniel, A.Phillips, Tyler.


June 15th, 2024, Saturday (11:00 am) - Gen. Daniel Morgan's Commemoration, Winchester, VA
Event Level: State
Host/POC: Col. James Wood II Chapter VASSAR / Dale Corey.
Location: Mount Hebron Cemetery, 305 E Boscawen Street, Winchester, VA.
Firing Event: Yes
Event Color Guard Commander: Corey.
Heat Index: 83F
Details: Daniel Morgan (1735/1736 – July 6, 1802) was an American pioneer, soldier, and politician from Virginia. One of the most respected battlefield tacticians of the American Revolutionary War of 1775–1783, he later commanded troops during the suppression of the Whiskey Rebellion of 1791–1794.
Born in New Jersey to Welsh immigrants, Morgan settled in Winchester, Virginia. He became an officer of the Virginia militia and recruited a company of riflemen at the start of the Revolutionary War. Early in the war, Morgan served in Benedict Arnold's expedition to Quebec and in the Saratoga campaign. He also served in the Philadelphia campaign before resigning from the army in 1779.
Morgan returned to the army after the Battle of Camden and led the Continental Army to victory in the Battle of Cowpens. After the war, Morgan retired from the army again and developed a large estate. He was recalled to duty in 1794 to help suppress the Whiskey Rebellion and commanded a portion of the army that remained in Western Pennsylvania after the rebellion. Morgan, a member of the Federalist Party, ran for the United States House of Representatives twice, winning the House election in 1796. He retired from Congress in 1799 and died in 1802.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees: Carrigan, Christensen, Corey, Daniel, A.Phillips, M.Robinson, B.Schwetke, Tyler, Wilson.


June 15th, 2024, Saturday (2:00 pm) - 250th Anniversary of signing Loudoun Resolves, Leesburg, VA
Event Level: Chapter
Host Chapter:
Sgt Maj John Champe Chapter / Barry Schwoerer ([email protected])
Location:
Spirit of Loudoun Revolutionary War Memorial on the lawn of the Loudoun County Courthouse, 18 E Market Street, Leesburg, VA. 

Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander:
Sink.

Heat Index: 85F
Details:
The Chapter is partnered with the Loudoun VA 250 Committee to commemorate a pivotal event in Loudoun County.  Members of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, the Mayor of Leesburg, and other dignitaries are expected to attend.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees: 
Bonner, Carrigan, Christensen, Corey, Daniel, A.Phillips, M.Robinson, B.Schwoerer, Sink.

June 16th, 2024, Sunday (1:30 pm) – Dedication of a Plaque & Patriot Grave Marking for the Chairman Loudoun Resolves, Leesburg, VA
Event Level: Chapter
Host Chapter: Sgt Maj John Champe Chapter VASSAR / Barry Schwoerer at [email protected]t.
Location: Ball Burying Ground, 42045 Victory Lane, Leesburg, VA (Fenced Cemetery on the left just before North Spring Behavioral Healthcare)  
Firing Event: Yes
Event Color Guard Commander: Sink.

Heat Index: 87F
Details: This will be the second event in Commemoration of the 250th Anniversary of the signing of Loudoun Resolves.  Francis Peyton was the chairman of the Loudoun Resolves and a patriot of the American Revolution.  The ceremony will dedicate a plaque commemorating his service as Chairman of the Resolves and will dedicate a  Patriot grave marker.  Parking will be on the grounds of North Spring Behavioral Healthcare.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:  Bonner, Carrigan, Christensen, Corey, M.Robinson, B.Schwoerer, J.Schwoerer, Sink, Van Deusen, Workman.

June 22nd, 2024, Saturday (10:00 am) – Commemoration of the Battle of Spencer's Ordinary, Williamsburg, VA
Event Level: State
Host/POC: Williamsburg Chapter VASSAR / Gary Dunaway, [email protected]
Location: Freedom Park, 5537 Centreville Road, Williamsburg, VA.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander: R. Miller.
Heat Index: 105F (peak)
Details: The Battle of Spencer's Ordinary was an inconclusive skirmish that took place on June 26, 1781, late in the American Revolutionary War. British forces under Lieutenant Colonel John Graves Simcoe and American forces under Colonel Richard Butler, light detachments from the armies of General Lord Cornwallis and the Marquis de Lafayette, respectively, clashed near a tavern (i.e., the "ordinary") at a road intersection not far from Williamsburg, Virginia. Lafayette had been shadowing Cornwallis as he moved his army toward Williamsburg from central Virginia. Aware that Simcoe had become separated from Cornwallis, he sent Butler out in an attempt to cut Simcoe off. Both sides, concerned that the other might be reinforced by its main army, eventually broke off the battle. Color Guard muster at 09:15 am.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees: Adolphi, Doucette, Lynch, Melhuish, R.Miller.

June 22nd, 2024, Saturday (10:00 am) – Ceremony Honoring Jane Summers, wife of Revolutionary War patriot Francis Summers, Alexandria, VA
Event Level: Chapter
Host/POC:  Fairfax Resolves Chapter VASSAR / James Cordes at [email protected]
Location: Summers Family Cemetery, 6250 Lincolnia Road, Alexandria, VA.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander: Cordes.
Heat Index: 108F (peak)
Details:   Color Guard muster at 9:15 am. The Henry Clay and Thomas Lee Chapters of Virginia, and the Cactus Wren and Piestewa Peak Chapters of Arizona, NSDAR, will hold a ceremony in honor of Jane Summers, wife of Revolutionary War Patriot Francis Summers. The Henry Clay and Thomas Lee Chapters, NSDAR are requesting VASSAR Color Guard Support (no firing) for this ceremony.  This event is Part II of a historic preservation project at the Summers Family Cemetery, which will return Jane Summers' headstone to her grave site.  Part I, which also involved the VASSAR (Thad Hartman and others), was to restore and return the headstone of Francis Summers to his grave site as well as to mark the cemetery with a bronze sign. That was completed in April 2022. Invitees for the June 22nd event include Vice President General Morgan Elliot, NSDAR, among others.  Reception to follow at Mason District Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:  Cordes, Crain.


June 22nd, 2024, Saturday (1:00 pm) - Dedication of Lafayette Trail Marker, Leesburg, VA
Event Level: Chapter
Host/POC: Sgt Maj John Champe Chapter / Barry Schwoerer.
Sponsor:  Loudoun County VA 250 Committee.
Location: Loudoun County Courthouse, 18 E. Market Street, Leesburg, VA.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander: B.Schwoerer.
Heat Index: 110F (peak)
Details: Muster at 12:15 pm at the Spirit of Loudoun Revolutionary War Memorial near the old Courthouse.  
Event will be attended by Julien Icher - Lafayette Trails, members of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, Mayor of Leesburg, multiple DAR Ladies, and Loudoun County VA 250 Committee members.  The Loudoun County VA 250 Committee plans to advertise this event hoping for a large public turnout.  Parking garages available a short walk from the event site.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees: Bonner, Carrigan, Christensen, Corey, Daniel, A.Phillips,  B.Schwoerer, Sink.


June 23rd, 2024, Sunday (2:00 pm) – Chief Justice John Marshall Grave Marking, Richmond, VA
Event Level: State
Host/POC: Richmond Chapter VASSAR / Chris Yong at [email protected], (248) 703-1755.
Location: Shockoe Hill Cemetery, 320 Hospital St., Richmond, VA.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander: Corey.

Heat Index: 108F (peak)
Details: John Marshall is still known as the quintessential Supreme Court Justice and is perhaps the most influential person in asserting the power of the Supreme Court and assuring the Executive and Legislative branches adhered to the U.S. Constitution.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees: Christensen, Corey, Daniel, Lynch, A.Phillips, M.Robinson, B.Schwetke, Wilson.

June 25th, 2024, Tuesday (10:00 am) – Presentation of the Colors at DAR Constitution Hall, Washington, DC
Event Level: Chapter
(support to NSDAR)
Host/POC:
Sgt. Maj. John Champe Chapter VASSAR / Ken Bonner at [email protected]
Location:
DAR Constitution Hall, 18th St., NW, Washington, DC.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander:
Bonner

Heat Index:
Details:
NSDAR PG has requested a compact SAR Color Guard to parade the Colors (four flags: US, US period, DAR, plus one other).  There are only four positions available.  All Guardsmen must be in Continental (Regimental) uniform.  If interested, please contact Ken Bonner.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:
Bonner, Corey, Osborn, B.Schwetke.

June 29th, 2024, Saturday (11:00 am) – 250th Commemoration of the James City County Resolves, Williamsburg, VA
Event Level: Chapter
Host/POC: Williamsburg Chapter VASSAR / John Lynch at [email protected]  (757) 345-8483.
Location: Freedom Park, 5537 Centerville Rd, Williamsburg, VA.
Firing event: TBD
Color Guard Commander: R. Miller
Heat Index:
Details: Six-Mile Ordinary, a popular 18th-century tavern known as Allen's for its proprietor Isham Allen, stood six miles from Williamsburg. On 1 July 1774, a group of freeholders congregated there and drafted the James City Resolves not to import British goods. Color Guard muster at 10:15.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:  Adolphi, Lynch, Melhuish, R.Miller, Thompson.


July 1st, 2023, Saturday (Time TBA) - Reading of the Declaration of Independence and Wreath Presentation, Front Royal, VA
Event Level:  National
Host/POC:  Col. James Wood II Chapter VASSAR and Warren Heritage Society / TBA.
Location:  Warren Heritage Society, 101 Chester St., Front Royal, VA.
Firing Event:  Yes
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA.
Heat Index:
Details: TBA.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:


July 2, 2024, Tuesday  7:00pm–Purcellville Cannons baseball team SALUTE TO VETERANS, Purcellville, VA
Event Level: Chapter

Host Chapter: Sgt.Maj. John Champe Chapter / Barry Schwoerer ([email protected])
Location: Fireman’s Field, 250 S. Nursery Street, Purcellville, VA
Firing Event: Yes
Event Color Guard Commander: Schwoerer
Heat Index:
Details:  Color guard and firelock team will march on from the 1st base side of the outfield with the Color guard marching to a spot in front of the pitcher’s mound and the firelock team to a spot in back of the pitcher’s mound.  The stadium announcer will introduce a singing group to render the National Anthem at which point both teams “Present Arms”.  After the National Anthem the flag team will return to carry arms and the firelocks team will carry arms, about face, and commence a three-shot volley.  Rather than throw used cartridges on the ground, cartridges will be retained in a cartridge box or shooting bag.   After the volley, the teams will march off to the 1st base side of the outfield.  Post-Volley safety checks will be conducted immediately upon exiting the field. Flag commander:  Schwoerer.  Firelock commander:  Sink
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:  Boulton, Bonner, Daniel, Phillips, Schwoerer, Sink, Tyler, Workman. 


July 3rd, 2024, Wednesday (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) - Rockin' Independence Eve, Winchester, VA
Event Level: Chapter
Host/POC: Col. James Wood II Chapter VASSAR/Dale Corey and City of Winchester.
Location: Walking Mall, Winchester, VA.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA.
Heat Index:
Details: “Rockin' Independence Eve” is held at the Walking Mall, Winchester, Virginia.  This event is an annual celebration held by the city of Winchester to honor and commemorate the United States' birthday.  Numerous vendors are present, with live bands playing throughout the day.  VASSAR Color Guard will present colors for the National Anthem.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:


INFORMATION: July 4th, 2024, Thursday – Independence Day
Event Level: National

"...We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --That to secure these rights Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."


July 4th, 2024, Thursday (TBA) – Reading of the Declaration of Independence, Winchester, VA
Event Level: National
Host/POC:  Col. James Wood II Chapter VASSAR / Dale Corey.
Location:  Walking Mall, Winchester, VA.
Firing Event:  No
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA.
Heat Index:
Details: CJWII will read the Declaration of Independence.  Muster at 9:45 am.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:


July 4th, 2024, Thursday (10:00 am) - Fourth of July Celebration, Abingdon, VA
Event Level: National
Host/POC: Gen. William Campbell Chapter VASSAR / John Gullion.
Location: Abingdon Muster Grounds1780 Muster Place, Abingdon, VA.
Firing Event: Yes
Event Color Guard Commander: Gullion.
Heat Index:
Details: Come out and join us at the Abingdon  Muster Grounds, where we step back in time when a dispatch rider brings the news that we have declared independence from England.  There will be a reading of the Declaration of Independence.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:


July 4th, 2024, Thursday (TBD) – Independence Day Parade, Leesburg, VA
Event Level: Chapter
Host Chapter: Sgt Maj John Champe Chapter/Barry Schwoerer ([email protected])
Location: Parade goes down Market Street from Ida Lee Park to King Street down Market  for about 1 mile.   
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander: Sink.
Details: The SMJC Float will be the highlight of SAR involvement.  We partner with DAR and CAR with most attendees in Colonial attire or Rev War militia or Regimental attire.   Compatriots from other SAR chapters invited to join in.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:  Bonner, Schwoerer, Sink, Workman.


July 4th, 2024, Thursday (4:00 pm) - Fourth of July Parade, Middletown, VA
Event Level: National
Host/POC:  Col. James Wood II Chapter VASSAR and City of Middletown / Dale Corey.
Location: Middletown, VA.
Firing Event:  No
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA.
Heat Index:
Details: The Middletown Parade route begins at Laurel Ridge Community College, going south on Main Street.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:


July 4th, 2024, Thursday (~ 9:00 am) - Independence Day and March to the Tomb, Mount Vernon, VA

Event Level: National
Host/POC: George Washington Chapter VASSAR / TBA,
Location: George Washington's Mount Vernon, VA.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA.
Event Honor Guard Commander: TBA.
Heat Index:
Details: Assemble at the Ann Pamela Cunningham Administrative Building between 9:00 AM and 9:15 AM. At 9:30 AM, expect to receive the “green light” from the Mount Vernon staff to march down to Bowling Green, and pass in review between the ranks of the 1st Virginia Regiment and the George Washington portrayer, then proceeding to Tomb Grove.  
At the Tomb Grove, the George Washington Chapter will conduct a brief ceremony featuring remarks from the GW Chapter President. There will be a wreath-laying ceremony at George Washington’s Tomb after the ceremony. Approximately 40 attendees will be allowed to lay a carnation (provided by the Chapter) at General Washington’s and Martha Washington’s Tombs. The ceremony will conclude at 11:00 AM, and participants should return to the Tomb Grove for photographs.
Note: Please refer to the VASSAR Color Guard Playbook for parade formation and movement. Go to the following link:  Mt Vernon Playbook
Safety Note: Don't forget to bring plenty of water and remain hydrated.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:
Maryland SAR Color Guard Attendees:


July 4th, 2024, Thursday (1:00 pm) - Reading of the Declaration of Independence, Culpeper, VA
Event Level: National
Host/POC: Culpeper Minutemen Chapter / Charles Jameson.
Location: Yowell Meadows Park, Charters of Freedom, N. Blue Ridge Ave, Culpeper, VA.
Firing Event: Yes
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA.
Heat Index:
Details: Muster at 12:15 pm.  Reading of the Declaration of Independence followed by a musket volley.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:


July 6th, 2024, Saturday (10:00 am) – Commemoration of the Battle of Green Spring, Williamsburg, VA
Event Level:  Chapter
Host/POC:  Williamsburg Chapter VASSAR / Gary Dunaway, [email protected]  (757) 303-3673.
Location:  Church on the Main, 4644 Yeardley Loop, Williamsburg, VA.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA.
Heat Index:
Details: On the morning of July 6, 1781, Lafayette accompanied his advance guard under the command of General Anthony Wayne. Upon reaching Green Spring, the Americans began skirmishing with pickets under the command of Banastre Tarleton. Lafayette, believing that he had caught the rearguard of the British army, called for the rest of his force to join the battle.  As Wayne formed up, Lafayette examined the field. Riding forward, he noted a large group of men in red coats formed in lines. Realizing that Cornwallis had set a trap, Lafayette galloped back to the advance guard under Wayne, but it was too late.  Advancing with several regiments, Wayne marched right into a veteran British brigade commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Dundas. Dundas’s Brigade smashed through the American right flank with a decisive bayonet charge while the American left was hard-pressed by British light infantry.  Lafayette gave the order for the entire American force to withdraw. Wayne’s men formed a rearguard. For fifteen minutes, the two sides blazed away at each other. Eventually, Wayne decided that the carnage was too great for his men and ordered a retreat.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees: Dunaway, Lynch, R.Miller.


 NEW (5/30/24): July 9th, 2024, Tuesday (11:00 am) – 248th Anniversary of the Battle of Cricket Hill, Hudgins, VA
Event Level:  Chapter
Host/POC: 
Richard Henry Lee Chapter VASSAR / Michael Wingate Rhodes Email: [email protected] 804-929-1444.
Location:  Morningstar Marinas, 249 Mill Point Road, Hudgins, VA.
Firing Event:  No

Event Color Guard Commander: 
Heat Index:

Details: The battle, which culminated on July 9, 1776, was a signal victory for the Patriots because it resulted in John Murray, the Earl of Dunmore, the last royal governor of Virginia, leaving Virginia for good. The victory at Cricket Hill was the first victory by an American force after the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Past President Jeff Thomas will be the guest speaker. [Note: In inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved indoors to the Marina boat storage building.]
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:
July 10th-17th, 2024, Wednesday to Wednesday – 134th Annual NSSAR Congress – Lancaster, PA

Event Level: National
Host/POC:  NSSAR / PASSAR
Location:  Marriott, 25 South Queen St., Lancaster, PA, 17603.
Details:  https://passar.org/2024%20Congress/2024%20SAR%20National%20Congress.html
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees: Lynch, Osborn, B.Schwetke.


July 13th, 2024, Saturday (2:00 pm) – 250th Commemoration of the 1774 Essex Resolutions, Tappahannock, VA
Event Level: Chapter (250th)
Host/POC: Rappahannock Chapter VASSAR / Wright Andrews at [email protected]
Location: Essex County Museum & Historical Society, Max Silver Memorial Courtyard, 218 S. Water Lane, Tappahannock, VA.
Firing Event: Yes
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA.
Heat Index:
Details: The Rappahannock Chapter conducts an annual reading of the 1774 Essex Resolutions on the Saturday closest to July 9th, the actual date of the 1774 Essex Resolutions. This year, the reading will be held on Saturday, July 13th. This is a 250th event.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees: TBA.
July 18th, 2024, Thursday (9:30 am) – 250th Anniversary of the Signing of the Fairfax Resolves, George Mason’s Grave, Gunston Hall, VA

Event Level: National
Host/POC: Fairfax Resolves Chapter & George Mason Chapter VASSAR / TBD.
Location: George Mason’s Grave, 10709 Gunston Road, Lorton, VA.
Firing Event:  Yes
Event Color Guard Commander: Schwoerer.
Heat Index:
Details: The Fairfax Resolves were written by George Mason and adopted by a Fairfax County committee chaired by George Washington on July 18th, 1774.  The Resolves came in response to the Intolerable Acts (also known as the Coercive Acts), passed by the British Parliament in March 1774 to punish the colonies after the Boston Tea Party. The Acts enraged the colonies and mobilized resistance.  Twenty-five patriots signed the Fairfax Resolves, which have been called “one of the most important documents in American history” and “the best single document for understanding the constitutional and legal issues between the colonies and England.” This ceremony will commemorate George Mason as the author of the Fairfax Resolves and will feature a George Mason “first person” account of the signing of the Fairfax Resolves.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees: Cordes, Daniel, Dunaway, Phillips, Schwoerer, Sink.


July 18th, 2024, Thursday (11:30 am) – 250th Anniversary of the Signing of the Fairfax Resolves – George Washington’s Tomb, Mt Vernon, VA
Event Level: National
Host/POC: Fairfax Resolves & George Washington Chapter VASSAR / TBD.
Location: George Washington’s Tomb, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mt Vernon, VA.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander: Osborn.
Heat Index:
Details: The Fairfax Resolves were written by George Mason and adopted by a Fairfax County committee chaired by George Washington on July 18th, 1774.  The Resolves came in response to the Intolerable Acts (also known as the Coercive Acts), passed by the British Parliament in March 1774 to punish the colonies after the Boston Tea Party. The Acts enraged the colonies and mobilized resistance.  Twenty-five patriots signed the Fairfax Resolves, which have been called “one of the most important documents in American history” and “the best single document for understanding the constitutional and legal issues between the colonies and England.”  This ceremony will commemorate George Washington as Chairman of the committee and will feature a George Washington “first person” account of the signing of the Fairfax Resolves.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees: Daniel, Dunaway, Osborn, Phillips.


July 18th, 2024, Thursday (3:00 pm) – 250th Anniversary of the Signing of the Fairfax Resolves, Pohick Episcopal Church, Lorton, VA
Event Level: National
Host/POC: Fairfax Resolves Chapter VASSAR / TBD.
Location:  Pohick Episcopal Church, 9301 Richmond Hwy, Lorton, VA.
Firing Event:  No
Event Color Guard Commander: Osborn.
Heat Index:
Details: The Fairfax Resolves were written by George Mason and adopted by a Fairfax County committee chaired by George Washington on July 18th, 1774.  The Resolves came in response to the Intolerable Acts (also known as the Coercive Acts), passed by the British Parliament in March 1774 to punish the colonies after the Boston Tea Party. The Acts enraged the colonies and mobilized resistance.  Twenty-five patriots signed the Fairfax Resolves, which have been called “one of the most important documents in American history” and “the best single document for understanding the constitutional and legal issues between the colonies and England.” This ceremony will commemorate Rev Lee Massey as Rector of Pohick Church and signer of the Fairfax Resolves and will feature a Rev Lee Massey “first person” account of the signing of the Fairfax Resolves.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees: Daniel, Dunaway, Osborn, Phillips.


July 18th, 2024, Thursday (6:00 pm) – 250th Anniversary of the Signing of the Fairfax Resolves, Alexandria, VA

Event Level: National
Host/POC: City of Alexandria.  SAR coordination: Fairfax Resolves Chapter VASSAR / Jeff Thomas.
Location: Market Square, 300 King Street, Alexandria, VA.
Firing Event:  TBD.
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA.
Heat Index:
Details: The Fairfax Resolves were written by George Mason and adopted by a Fairfax County committee chaired by George Washington on July 18th, 1774.  The Resolves came in response to the Intolerable Acts (also known as the Coercive Acts), passed by the British Parliament in March 1774 to punish the colonies after the Boston Tea Party. The Acts enraged the colonies and mobilized resistance.  Twenty-five patriots signed the Fairfax Resolves, which have been called “one of the most important documents in American history” and “the best single document for understanding the constitutional and legal issues between the colonies and England.” This culminating ceremony will commemorate the signing of the Fairfax Resolves near the site of the old Fairfax County courthouse in Alexandria and will feature George Washington, George Mason, and Rev Lee Massey's “first person” accounts of the signing of the Fairfax Resolves. 
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees: Daniel, Phillips.


NEW (5/17/24):  July 19th, 2024, Friday, (3:00 pm) – Fairfax Resolves Plaque Dedication at Christ Church, Alexandria, VA
Event Level: National
Host/POC: 
Fairfax Resolves Chapter VASSAR / Jeff Thomas.
Location: 118 N. Washington Street, Alexandria, VA
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander:
TBD
Heat Index:
TBD
Details: 
Color Guard muster at 2:30 pm. In celebration of the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Fairfax Resolves, a plaque listing the signers will be dedicated at historic Christ Church in Alexandria.  Directions and parking information can be found at historicchristchurch.org.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees: 
Cordes, Crain.


NEW (5/17/24): July 20th, 2024, Saturday (10:00 am) – Fairfax Resolves Plaque Dedication at George Washington’s Alexandria Town House, Alexandria, VA
Event Level: National
Host/POC: 
Fairfax Resolves Chapter VASSAR / Jeff Thomas.
Location:
508 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander:
TBD
Heat Index:
TBD
Details:  
Color Guard muster no later than 9:30 am.  In celebration of the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Fairfax Resolves, a plaque listing the signers will be dedicated at George Washington’s Town House in Alexandria.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees: 
Cordes, Crain.


August 2nd, 2024, Friday (11:30 am) – Sign Dedication, Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA
Event Level: Chapter
Host/POC:
Lynnhaven Parish Chapter, NSDAR / Carolyn Guenveur, [email protected]
Location:
583 Atlantic Ave, Joint Expeditionary Base, Fort Story, VA.
Firing Event: No
(onboard US military base)
Event CG Commander:
TBA
Heat Index:
Details:
VADAR chapter is planning an event for their funded sign to be installed inside the original Cape Henry Lighthouse on Fort Story. Since they received a grant from the State DAR Society for the Regent's project, they wish to make this a memorable event. They request VASSAR Color Guard support.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:


August 9th - 10th, 2024, Friday-Saturday - Atlantic Middle States Association (AMSA) Williamsburg, VA
Event Level: District
Host/POC:  VASSAR Sub Committee / Bill Greaf; Ken Hawkins.
Location:  Williamsburg Lodge, 310 South England St., Williamsburg, VA.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA.
Details: Agenda TBA.  Hotel registration:  hotel registration is now available for the Williamsburg Lodge. The single and double occupancy base rate per room is $199.00 plus taxes and parking. The rate is protected between August 6th -15th if you choose to extend your stay and visit the Historic Triangle of Jamestown, Yorktown, and the Williamsburg areas. Conference registration will be forthcoming, but in the meantime, we encourage you to secure your hotel reservations before the guaranteed rate is exhausted. The block is under the name of Virginia Society, Sons of American Revolution. We are looking forward to providing you with an exciting agenda to meet our business, historic, and social engagements. Compatriots and guests can book their hotel rooms online at this web address: https://book.passkey.com/e/50775027.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees: Dunaway, Lynch, Osborn.


August 10th, 2024, Saturday  11:00am– 248th Anniversary Commemoration of the First Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Virginia, Leesburg, VA
Event Level: Chapter
Host Chapter: Sgt Maj John Champe Chapter / Barry Schwoerer ([email protected])
Location: Spirit of Loudoun Revolutionary War Monument on the green at the Loudoun County Courthouse, 18 E Market St., Leesburg, VA.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander: Sink.

Heat Index:
Details: In 1776 Virginia Governor Patrick Henry directed all counties to hold a public reading of the Declaration of Independence as soon as they received a copy.  The Loudoun County Sheriff read the Declaration on the Courthouse steps near the present courthouse on 12 August 1776.  This was the first reading of the Declaration in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:  Bonner, Schwoerer, Sink.

August 11th, 2024, Sunday (12:00 pm) – Color Guard Support for the Norfolk Tides Baseball Game, Norfolk, VA
Event Level: Chapter
Host/POC: Norfolk Chapter VASSAR / John Hall at [email protected] 757-748-6026.
Location: Harbor Park, 150 Park Ave., Norfolk, VA.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA
Heat Index:
Details: Same as last year's Norfolk Tides event. We present the Colors before the game.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:


August 17th, 2024, Saturday (10:00 am) – Commemoration of the Battle of Blue Licks, Carlisle, KY
Event Level: National
Host/POC: Gov. Isaac Shelby Chapter KYSSAR / Scott Giltner.
Location:  Blue Licks Battlefield State Park, 10299 Maysville Road, Carlisle, KY.
Firing Event: Yes
Event Color Guard Commander: Giltner.
Heat Index:
Details: The Kentucky Society Sons of the American Revolution hosts the Memorial Service for the 242nd Battle of Blue Licks anniversary.

Anyone interested in presenting a wreath or participating in the color guard should contact Scott Giltner at [email protected].  Please indicate if you will be bringing your state flag.  Color guard participants are requested to muster at 9:00 a.m. at the monument on the day of the ceremony.  Those carrying flintlock firearms will muster for a safety inspection near the lodge at 8:30 a.m.  Detailed instructions on the mustering points will be provided closer to the date of the ceremony. Lunch will be available (on your own) in the resort restaurant after the ceremony.

Note: A reception will be held on Friday, August 16 and a Patriot Grave Marking will be held in Lexington on Sunday, August 18.  Click here for the flyer: Blue Licks.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:


August 17th, 2024, Saturday (noon) – Opening Ceremony of the Nansemond Indian Nation Annual Pow Wow, Suffolk, VA
Event Level: Chapter
Host/POC: Nansemond Indian Patriot Chapter VASSAR / Tom Badamo.
Location: 1001 Pembroke Lane, Suffolk, VA.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA.
Heat Index:
Details: TBA.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees: Badamo, Melhuish, Osborn.


August 24th, 2024, Saturday (10:00 am ) - Patriot Monument Dedication to George Flohr, Royal Deux Ponts Regt., Wytheville, VA
Event Level: Chapter
Host/POC: Lt. David Cox Chapter VASSAR / Rollie Ney at [email protected]. Alternate Bruce Meyer at [email protected].
Location: St. John's Cemetery1650 N 4th St., Wytheville, VA.
Firing Event: Yes
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA
Heat Index:
Details: On August 24th, 2024, Lt. David Cox Chapter, VASSAR,  will dedicate a granite stone engraved with a description of Private George Daniel Flohr’s service in the American Revolution with the Royal Deux Ponts Regiment (French Army). SAR member, author, and German scholar Robert A. Selig will be the keynote speaker.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:


August 24th, 2022, Saturday (TBC: 11:00 am) – Battle of Long Island (Brooklyn Heights), Brooklyn, NY

Event Level: National
Host/POC: ESSSAR / Robert Meyer, [email protected]
Location:  The Old Stone House, 3rd St. and 5th Ave., Brooklyn, NY.
Firing Event: No
Heat Index:
Details:  The Battle of Brooklyn (also called the Battle of Long Island) was fought on August 27, 1776 and is considered one of America’s greatest losses during our war for independence. The carnage all happened one summer night: The British, who had amassed a large number of troops on Staten Island, stealthily attacked George Washington and his Continental Army at their camp in Brooklyn. Washington was greatly outnumbered and realized the only way to save his army was to flee to Manhattan. While the rest of the troops escaped Brooklyn Heights across the river, Washington sent 400 troops from Baltimore, known as the Maryland 400, on a suicide mission: to distract the British and buy the rest of the troops time. The battle was fought near the present-day site of the Old Stone House. (The one standing in Park Slope today is a 1933 re-creation of the original.)
A large number of the 1st Maryland Regiment were killed, but their sacrifice enabled the Continental Army to escape.  

Details on MDSSAR bus trip up to NYC may be obtained here: Flyer.  Online booking may be accessed here: Bus trip.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:


September 7th, 2024, Saturday (11:00 am) – Commemoration of the Battle of the Capes, Virginia Beach, VA
Event Level: National
Host/POC:  Norfolk Chapter VASSAR / John Hall.
Location:  Vice Admiral Francois Joseph Paul de Grasse Statue, Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander: Thompson.
Heat Index:
Details: The Battle of the Chesapeake, also known as the Battle of the Virginia Capes or simply the Battle of the Capes, was a crucial naval battle in the American Revolutionary War that took place near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay on September 5, 1781. The combatants were a British fleet led by Rear Admiral Sir Thomas Graves and a French fleet led by Rear Admiral Francois Joseph Paul, the Comte de Grasse. The battle strategically prevented the Royal Navy from reinforcing or evacuating the besieged forces of Lieutenant General Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown, Virginia. The French achieved control of the sea lanes against the British and provided the Franco-American army with siege artillery and French reinforcements. These proved decisive in the Siege of Yorktown, effectively securing independence for the Thirteen Colonies. (Note: this event was approved to become a National Level Event by NSSAR leadership on March 3rd, 2024.)
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees: Dunaway, Lynch, Melhuish, Osborn, Thompson.

French Navy Color Guard Attendee: TBA.

September 11th, 2024, Wednesday – Commemoration of the 9/11 Attack on America, Culpeper, VA
Event Level: National (Massing of the Colors)
Host/POC: Culpeper Minutemen Chapter VASSAR / Bill Schwetke.
Location: Fire Station, 1121 North Main St, Culpeper, VA.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander: B.Schwetke.
Heat Index:
Details: No wreaths - No musket firing - just four presentations of the Colors.
We would like individual color guards of four to five compatriots (we can mix chapters), with two or three flags made up of US and one or both of Virginia & Chapter Flags, flanked by two compatriots with weapons.  We will not fire the firelocks.  We expect to be joined by, at a minimum, the American Legion, VFW, Culpeper Fire Department, Culpeper Sheriff's Dept, Culpeper Police Dept, and the Virginia Defense Force Mounted Color Guard.
Monday, 11 Sep, Color Guard first musters at 8:15 am, in front of the Culpeper Volunteer Fire Department,  153 West Davis Street, Culpeper, VA, then sequences through the following schedule, starting promptly at the listed time, which you may join or leave at any point (click here for graphics: map):
08:46 - Fire Department
09:03 - On the Courthouse Green (across from the Fire Department)
09:37 - Wine Street Military Memorial
10:03 - Intersection of Davis and Main
 (The times are the impact times of the four planes on 9-11-2001.)
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees: B.Schwetke.


September 13th, 2024, Friday (10:00 am) - Grave marking for LtCol William Langborn, Aide de Camp to Marquis de Lafayette
Event Level: Chapter
Host/POC: Williamsburg Chapter VASSAR / Gary Dunaway at [email protected] (757) 303-3673.
Location: 8400 St Peter's Lane, New Kent, VA.
Firing Event: Yes
Event CG Commander: Dunaway.
Heat Index:
Details: Grave marking for LtCol William Langborn. He served in the 6th Virginia Regiment and as Aide de Camp to Marquis de Lafayette. The Bicentennial of Lafayette's ceremonial tour of America starts this August, so the stars are aligned for this moment to honor Patriot Langborn. This ceremony will precede the VASSAR Semi-Annual Conference to be held in Williamsburg starting that afternoon. It should be convenient for our northern and western compatriots to attend on their way to the conference.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees: Dunaway, Lynch, Melhuish.


September 13th-14th, 2024, Friday-Saturday – VASSAR Semi-Annual Meeting, Williamsburg, VA
Event Level: State
Host/POC: Williamsburg Chapter VASSAR / TBA.
Location: Woodlands Hotel and Conference Center, Williamsburg, VA.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander: Osborn.
Details: Agenda TBA.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees: Dunaway, Osborn, Lynch, Melhuish.


INFORMATION:  September 15th, 2023, Friday - National POW / MIA Day
Event Level: Chapter

The POW / MIA flag should generally not be carried in a parade or by a Color Guard (except by an honor guard member carrying it as a Personal Color at a military funeral).  Follow the background here: thedrillmaster.org/2019/01/15/all-about-the-pow-mia-flag-protocol/   
One comment from the Drillmaster: "The POW / MIA flag is always posted alone before the ceremony without any ceremony for its posting. It is helpful if it is posted near the missing man table... Posting it near the table, which is off on its own, creates a special place for both as a whole."


TBC: September 14th, 2024, Saturday (8:00 am) - Vigil at Washington's Tomb, Mount Vernon, VA
Event Level: National
Host/POC: NSSAR Color Guard / Scott Collins.
Location: George Washington's Mount Vernon, Alexandria, VA.
Firing Event: No
National Color Guard Commander: Collins.
Heat Index:
Details: The National Color Guard staff cordially invites you to honor our patriot commander. We will meet at the Administration (Ann Pamela Cunningham) Building at 8:00 AM. The March to the Tomb begins at 8:30 a.m. sharp. The first guard rotation will start at 9:00 AM and change every 15 minutes. The March from the Tomb back to the Mansion will start at 4:00 PM. Please join us to stand guard for one or more shifts. We also welcome participation in one or both marches as your schedule allows. A few Muskets / Rifles will be available for you to use while standing guard.
As we have done in the past several years, the signup will be done electronically using the following link: Vigil Registration.
Note:  the annual Colonial Fair & Market will be held over the weekend. 
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:


TBC: September 15th, 2024, Sunday (TBA) - President General's Wreath Laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns, Arlington, VA
Event Level: National
Host/POC:  George Washington Chapter VASSAR / TBA.
Location:  Tomb of the Unknowns, Arlington National Cemetery, VA.
Firing Event:  No
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA.
Heat Index:
Details: TBA.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:


September 15th, 2024, Sunday (2:00 pm) - Wreath Laying at the grave of Pvt. John Broddy, VA
Event Level: Chapter
Host/POC:  General William Campbell Chapter VASSAR / John Gullion.
Location:  GPS 36.894634, -81.756998.
Firing Event: Yes
Event Color Guard Commander: Gullion.
Heat Index:
Details: Since 2012, the General William Campbell Chapter-VASSAR, Black’s Fort Chapter, Virginia Society, DAR, and the Overmountain Victory Trail Association (OVTA) have honored PVT John Broddy, Brig. Gen. Campbell’s manservant and a patriot in the fight for independence at 2 pm on Sunday before Sept 24th. The African-American Broddy cemetery is located on land left to Broddy from Campbell’s estate. The cemetery was not known publicly until its rediscovery in 2012.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:


September 15th, 2024, Sunday (4:00 pm) - Wreath Laying at the grave of Brig. Gen. William Campbell, VA

Event Level: Chapter
Host/POC:  General William Campbell Chapter VASSAR / John Gullion.
Location: 303 Seven Mile Ford Rd, Marion, VA.
Firing Event: Yes
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA.
Heat Index:
Details: Since 2012, the General William Campbell Chapter-VASSAR, Black’s Fort Chapter, Virginia Society, DAR, and the Overmountain Victory Trail Association (OVTA) have honored Brig. Gen. Campbell. At 4 pm, the groups will convene at Aspinvale Cemetery, the final resting place of Brig. Gen. Campbell.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:


September 17th, 2024, Tuesday (10:30 am) - Constitution Day Commemoration, Winchester, VA
Event Level: Chapter
Host/POC: Col. James Wood II Chapter VASSAR / Dale Corey.
Location: Mount Hebron Cemetery, Winchester, VA.
Firing Event: Yes
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA.
Heat Index:
Details: TBA.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:


September 21, 2024, Saturday ( 4:00 pm )  -  Franco-American Alliance Commemoration, Annapolis, MD
Event Level: Chapter
Host/POC:
US Naval Academy; John Paul Jones Chapter MDSSAR (Glenn Moss at [email protected]); Peggy Stewart Tea Party Chapter NSDAR.
Location:
Worden Field, US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD.
Firing event: No
Event Color Guard Commander:
Glenn Moss
Details:
A wreath-laying event at Worden Field, US Naval Academy commemorating the French army encampment on the banks of the Severn River September 18-21, 1781, while enroute to the Siege of Yorktown.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:


September 22nd, 2024, Sunday (10:00 am - 4:00 pm) - Abington Muster Commemoration, Abingdon, VA
Event Level: State
Host:  Overmountain Victory Trail Association (OVTA), with support from VASSAR.
VASSAR POC: Gen. William Campbell Chapter VASSAR / John Gullion
Location: 1780 Muster Place, Abingdon, VA.
Firing event: Yes
Event Color Guard Commander: Gullion.
Heat Index:
Details: This event, organized by the OVTA, is supported by VASSAR.  OVTA, SAR, and DAR will present a public education day on life in the colonial backcountry. The event will include stations where visitors learn about various topics, from salt making and cooking to land surveying and combat. A ceremony for the Abingdon Muster will occur at 1:30 that afternoon, honoring the 400 Virginians who participated in the Overmountain Campaign and those who lost their lives at the battle.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:


September 22nd, 2024, Sunday (1:00 pm) – Commemoration of Robert Carter III, Heathsville, VA
Event Level: State
Host/POC:
James Monroe Chapter VASSAR / Jim Russell at [email protected] (703) 626-2232
Location: 
220 Judicial Place, Heathsville, VA.
Firing Event:
TBD
Event Color Guard Commander:
TBA
Details:
Robert Carter was a notable18th century emancipator, freeing 436 enslaved people, a step that enraged his family and many of his fellow planters. His unwavering conviction held that slavery was incompatible with Christianity. At this time, Charles Belfield will appear as Robert Carter and Tom Davenport will represent the enslaved descendants. We will also have representative  chapters.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:


September 28th, 2024, Saturday  11:00am – Commemoration of John Champe’s assignment to Capture Benedict Arnold, Fairmont, WV
Event Level: Chapter
Host Chapter: Sgt Maj John Champe Chapter/Barry Schwoerer ([email protected])
Location: Champe Grave Site, Cemetery adjacent to Prickett’s Fort Historic Site, 88 State Park Road, Fairmont, WV.
Firing Event: Yes
Event Color Guard Commander: Sink
Details: Sgt Maj John Champe was nominated by Light Horse Harry Lee to execute a daring mission to capture the traitor Benedict Arnold and return him to the American side for Court Martial.  George Washington accepted Champe’s nomination.  The commemoration will take place at John Champe’s headstone in the cemetery adjacent to the reconstructed Fort.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees: B.Schwoerer, Sink.


September 28th, 2024, Saturday (Time: TBA) – Culpeper Minutemen Chapter 50th Anniversary Celebration
Event Level: Chapter
Host/POC: Culpeper Minutemen Chapter VASSAR / Bill Schwetke at [email protected].  540.270.2722
Location: TBA
Firing event: No
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA
Details: Since its founding fifty years ago the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter has spun off two other chapters that were formed wholly from the Culpeper Minutemen, Col. William Grayson and Col. James Wood II. The Culpeper Minutemen were also instrumental in reestablishing the Col. Fielding Lewis Chapter. All are invited to join us and celebrate the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter's half-century of service to the Virginia SAR, the SAR, and our nation.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees: Lynch.


October 1st, 2023, Sunday (2:00 pm) – Commemoration of the founding of the Fairfax Independent Company, Fairfax, VA
Event Level: Chapter
Host/POC:  Fairfax Resolves Chapter / Dave Cook.
Location:  (TBC) National Museum of the US Army, 1775 Liberty Dr., Fort Belvoir, VA.
(or) Fairfax City Veterans Amphitheater, 10455 Armstrong Street, Fairfax, VA.
(or) Outside Historic Fairfax Courthouse, 4000 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA.
Details: TBA.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:


October 3rd, 2024, Thursday - Fall Leadership, Louisville, KY
Event Level: National
Host/POC: NSSAR
Location: Galt House 140 North Fourth St., Louisville, KY. (Note change of venue).
Firing Event: No

Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:  Osborn.

NEW (5/20/24): October 3rd, 2024, Thursday (10:00 am) – Battle of the Hook Commemoration, Hayes, VA
Event Level: Chapter
Host/POC:
Thomas Nelson & Williamsburg Chapters, VASSAR / Gary Dunaway at [email protected] (757-303-3673).
Location: Abingdon Park, 7087 Powhatan Dr., Hayes, VA.
Firing Event: TBD
Event Color Guard Commander:
Details: The largest cavalry action during the Revolutionary War was when the Duc de Lauzan's Legion and LtCol Mercer's Select Battalion of Militia forces defeated British LtCol Tarleton's British Legion and Royal Welsh Fusiliers. More detailed information: https://w3r-us.org/new-battle-of-the-hook-waysides-unveiled-in-gloucester-virginia/
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees: Lynch.


TBC: October 5th, 2024, Saturday – Commemoration of the Battle of Kings Mountain, Blacksburg, SC
Event Level: National
Host/POC: Kings Mountain Chapter NCSSAR / Daniel Morgan Chapter SCSSAR.
Location: Kings Mountain National Military Park, 2625 Park Rd., Blacksburg, SC.
Firing Event:  Yes
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA.
Details: The Commemoration of the 244th Anniversary of the Battle of Kings Mountain will have a wreath-laying ceremony beginning at 11 a.m.  Anticipate about 60 min. total time.
A registration table will be set up outside the Visitors Center to link up with the National Color Guard Commander and the other state color guard participants.
 The Battle of Kings Mountain was fought on October 7, 1780, and destroyed the left wing of Lord Cornwallis' army, effectively ending Loyalist ascendance in the Carolinas. The victory halted the British advance into North Carolina, forced Lord Cornwallis to retreat from Charlotte into South Carolina, and allowed General Nathanael Greene to reorganize the American Army. The Patriot force of about 1,400 men was under the overall command of Colonel William Campbell, Virginia Militia.
In "The Winning of the West," SAR Compatriot President Theodore Roosevelt wrote of Kings Mountain, "This brilliant victory marked the turning point of the American Revolution." Thomas Jefferson called it "The turn of the tide of success". SAR Compatriot President Herbert Hoover at the sesquicentennial commemoration at the site of the battle, said, "This small band of Patriots turned back a dangerous invasion well designed to separate and dismember the united Colonies. It was a little army and a little battle, but it was of mighty portent. History has done scant justice to its significance, which rightly should place it beside Lexington, Bunker Hill, Trenton, and Yorktown."  {Hoover's full sesquicentennial address may be reached here: Speech.]
In 1931, the Congress of the United States created the Kings Mountain National Military Park at the site of the battle.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:


October 12th, 2024, Saturday (7:00 pm) - Honoring Kings Mountain Patriots, Abingdon, VA
Event Level: Chapter
Host/POC:  General William Campbell Chapter VASSAR / TBA.
Location:  Sinking Spring Cemetery, Abingdon, VA.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA.
Details: TBA.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:


 INFORMATION: October 13th, 2024, Sunday – 249th Anniversary of the US Navy
Event Level:
Not a National Event for Color Guard medal purposes.

A 13 October 1775 resolution of the Continental Congress established what is now the United States Navy with “a swift sailing vessel, to carry ten carriage guns, and a proportionable number of swivels, with eighty men, be fitted, with all possible despatch, for a cruise of three months….” After the American War of Independence, the U.S. Constitution empowered the new Congress “to provide and maintain a navy.” Acting on this authority, Congress established the Department of the Navy on 30 April 1798.
 In 1972, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt authorized official recognition of 13 October as the birthday of the U.S. Navy. Since then, each CNO has encouraged a Navy-wide celebration of this occasion “to enhance a greater appreciation of our Navy heritage and to provide a positive influence toward pride and professionalism in the naval service.”


NEW (6/3/24):  October 18th, 2024, Friday (3:00 pm) - Lafayette Returns to Yorktown Bicentennial, Yorktown, VA
Event Level:  Chapter
Host/POC: 
American Friends of Lafayette.  [SAR POC Williamsburg Chapter VASSAR / Gary Dunaway, [email protected] (757) 303-3673.]
Location: 
Yorktown Riverfront Landing, 331 Water Street, Yorktown, VA.
Firing Event:  Yes

Event Color Guard Commander:  TBA

Honor Guard Commander:  TBA
Details: 
This event kicks off Yorktown Day festivities in conjunction with American Friends of Lafayette, Yorktown Day Association, American Revolution Museum Yorktown, National Park Service. Marquis de Lafayette (portrayed by Mark Schneider) will arrive at the dock from the schooner Luna at 3:30. The American Revolution Museum Yorktown will fire artillery and our Color Guard will offer a musket salute.This ceremony precedes the Yorktown Day dinner at the American Revolution Museum Yorktown that evening.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:
Dunaway.


October 19th, 2024, Saturday (9:15 am) – Wreath Laying at the tomb of Thomas Nelson Jr., Yorktown, VA
Event Level: National
Host/POC: Thomas Nelson Jr Chapter VASSAR / Gary Hodges.
Location:  Grace Episcopal Church, Yorktown, VA.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA.
Honor Guard Commander: TBA.
Details:  Muster no later than 8:15 due to complex lay-out.  Event Playbook link here: Thomas Nelson Playbook
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees: Dunaway, Lynch, Melhuish.


October 19th, 2024, Saturday (10:30 am) – Battle of Yorktown Victory Parade, Yorktown, VA
Event Level: National
Host/POC: Thomas Nelson Jr Chapter VASSAR / Gary Hodges.
Location:  Yorktown, VA.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA.
Honor Guard Commander: TBA.
Details: The Siege of Yorktown, also known as the Battle of Yorktown, the surrender at Yorktown, or the German Battle, ending on October 19, 1781, at Yorktown, Virginia, was a decisive victory by a combined force of the American Continental Army troops led by General George Washington and French Army troops led by the Comte de Rochambeau over a British army commanded by Lieutenant General Charles Cornwallis. The culmination of the Yorktown campaign, the siege proved to be the last major land battle of the American Revolutionary War in the North American region, as the surrender by Cornwallis, and the capture of both him and his army, prompted the British government to negotiate an end to the conflict.
Parade formation may be viewed here (click on link): Yorktown SAR Formation
Note: this event also marks the bicentennial of the return of the Marquis de Lafayette to Yorktown in October 1824 and is expected to be a significant commemoration.  The French Ambassador will attend, and the French Air Force will conduct a flyover.

Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees: Dunaway, Hodges, Lynch, Melhuish.


October 21st, 2023, Saturday (11:00 am) - Culpeper Minutemen Muster, Culpeper, VA
Event Level: State
Host/POC: Culpeper Minutemen Chapter VASSAR / TBA.
Location: Yowell Meadow Park, N Blue Ridge Ave, Culpeper, VA.
Firing Event: Yes
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA.
Details: Head for the Gardner Street Entrance, rather than the main parking area.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:


October 27th, 2024, Sunday (2:00 pm) – Bolling / Lafayette Historic Marker Dedication, North Chesterfield, VA
Event Level: Chapter
Host/POC:
Richmond Chapter VASSAR / Chris Yong at [email protected] (248) 703-1755
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA
Details: This is the marker text: "SUSANNA BOLLING WAS 16 WHEN BRITISH GENERAL CORNWALLIS QUARTERED IN HER CITY POINT/ HOPEWELL, VA HOME. SHE OVERHEARD HIM PLOTTING TO CAPTURE CONTINENTAL ARMY GENERAL LAFAYETTE, WHO HEADQUARTERED HERE AT THE HALFWAY HOUSE. SUSANNA SNUCK OUT OF HER HOME, CROSSED THE APPOMATTOX RIVER, AND RODE ALMOST 15 MILES THROUGH THE NIGHT TO WARN LAFAYETTE, WHO ESCAPED. SUSANNA’S HEROISM ALLOWED LAFAYETTE TO CONTINUE LEADING THE VIRGINIA CAMPAIGN, WHICH ENDED WITH CORNWALLIS IN YORKTOWN AND SET THE STAGE FOR THE DECISIVE AMERICAN VICTORY."   The event date also marks the 200th anniversary of Lafayette's visit to Richmond on his return tour to the U.S. The American Friends of Lafayette will be invited to present a wreath.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees: Lynch.


TBC: November 2nd, 2024, Saturday (TBD) – Veterans Parade, Brunswick, MD
Event Level: Chapter
Host Chapter: Sgt Maj John Champe Chapter/Barry Schwoerer ([email protected])
Location: Downtown Brunswick, MD.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander: TBD
Details: The Brunswick Veterans parade is one of the largest and oldest Veterans parades in the Washington DC metro area.   The parade float offered to the SMJC Chapter will be entered.  The float can hold 4-6 riders.  Contact the Chapter if you wish to ride.  Marchers also welcome.  Most SAR participants wear Colonial attire, Militia or Regimental uniform.  DAR and CAR are welcome to participate.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:  Bonner, B.Schwoerer, Sink, Workman.


November 2nd, 2024, Saturday (11:00 am) - Commemoration of the Skirmish at Kemps Landing, Virginia Beach, VA
Event Level: Chapter
Host/POC: Norfolk Chapter VASSAR / TBA.
Location: Kempsville Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 5181 Singleton Way, Virginia Beach, VA.
Firing Event: No
Preferred Uniform: Militia
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA.
Details: This was the first fight in Virginia where the first Virginian blood was spilled during the Revolutionary War. Lord Dunmore, the Royal Governor of Virginia, sent about 120 British regulars of the 14th Regiment and elements of the newly formed Dunmore's Ethiopian Regiment to Kemp's Landing to combat rebel (Patriot) militia activity in the area. [The Ethiopian Regiment consisted of escaped African-American slaves who signed up to fight for the Crown in response to Dunmore's November 1775 Proclamation granting freedom for military service.] On November 15th, 1775 the Princess Anne militia fired on the British advance guard. The ensuing engagement left 18 Patriots captured, including Col. Joseph Hutchings, 7 killed, including 2 who drowned crossing a creek. Only one British soldier suffered a minor wound. [Outdoors ceremony planned, however currently awaiting approval of the use of the Kempsville Emmanuel Episcopal Church as a fallback venue in the event of inclement weather.]
Virginia SR Color Guard Attendees: Lynch, Melhuish.


 INFORMATION: November 10th, 2024, Sunday – 249th Anniversary of the US Marine Corps
Event Level:
Not a National Event for Color Guard medal purposes.

On November 10, 1775, the Second Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia passed a resolution stating that "two Battalions of Marines be raised" for service as landing forces with the fleet. This resolution established the Continental Marines and marked the birth date of the United States Marine Corps. Serving on land and at sea, these first Marines distinguished themselves in a number of important operations, including their first amphibious raid into the Bahamas in March 1776 under the command of Captain (later Major) Samuel Nicholas. The first commissioned officer in the Continental Marines, Nicholas remained the senior Marine officer throughout the American Revolution and is considered to be the first Marine Commandant. The Treaty of Paris in April 1783 brought an end to the Revolutionary War, and as the last of the Navy's ships were sold, the Continental Navy and Marines went out of existence.
Following the Revolutionary War and the formal re-establishment of the Marine Corps on 11 July 1798, Marines saw action in the quasi-war with France, landed in Santo Domingo, and took part in many operations against the Barbary pirates along the "Shores of Tripoli".


INFORMATION: November 11th, 2023, Saturday - Veterans Day Commemorations
Event Level: National

Originally known as Armistice Day, in recognition of when the guns fell silent at the 11th hour of the 11th day, November 1918. This day continues to be celebrated in some other countries as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day.  The US changed the name of the national holiday to Veterans Day on June 1, 1954, at the urging of WWII and Korean veterans.
Veterans Day honors the service of all US military Veterans who have served, while Memorial Day honors those who died while in military service to the nation.  The official theme of Veterans Day 2024 will be announced later in the year.
Perhaps not widely known is how the red poppy became a symbol of this national holiday.
In November 1918, a young woman by the name of Moina Belle Michael -- a Daughter of the American Revolution -- was so moved by a Canadian war poet's work ("In Flanders Fields") that she wrote her own poem in response and bought 24 red silk poppies from Wanamaker's in NYC.  At the time, she was on a sabbatical from the University of Georgia to help Veterans in New York.  The American and British Legions adopted her promotion of the red poppy as a symbol to rally public support for caring for veterans.  In 1924, General "Black Jack" Pershing wrote to Moina, “I wish to congratulate you on the splendid patriotic service you have rendered in conducting the sale of poppies on Armistice Day each year for the relief and benefit of war sufferers.”
And so, wearing the poppy on this day honors Veterans and keeps alive the memory of a young DAR Georgia teacher who raised millions to support Veterans by selling poppies.  


November 11th, 2024, Monday (11:00 am) - Veterans Day Commemoration, Abingdon, VA
Event Level: National
Host/POC: Abingdon Memorial Park Foundation and Gen. William Campbell Chapter VASSAR / John Gullion.
Location: Veterans Memorial Park, Abingdon, VA.
Firing Event: Yes
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA.
Details: TBA.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:


November 11th, 2024, Monday (11:00 am) – Veterans Day Commemoration, Culpeper, VA
Event Level: National
Host/POC: Culpeper Minute Men Chapter VASSAR / Charles Jameson.
Location: Culpeper National Cemetery, 305 US Ave., Culpeper, VA.
Firing Event: Yes (American Legion will fire)
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA.
Details: TBA.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:


November 11th, 2024, Monday (10:00 am) - Veterans Day Commemoration, Williamsburg, VA
Event Level: National
Host/POC: Williamsburg Chapter VASSAR & Colonial Williamsburg / John Lynch.
Location: Colonial Williamsburg, VA.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander:
Details:
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees: Dunaway.


November 11th, 2024, Monday (11:00 am) - Veterans Day Commemoration, Winchester, VA
Event Level: National
Host/POC: Col. James Wood II Chapter VASSAR /
Location: National Cemetery, 401 National Ave., Winchester, VA,
Firing event: Yes
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA.
Details: TBA.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:


November 11th, 2024, Monday (TBA) - Wreath Laying at Geo. Washington's Tomb, Mt. Vernon, VA
Event Level: National
Host/POC:  George Washington Chapter VASSAR / TBA.
Location:  Mount Vernon, VA.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA.
Details: TBA.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:


November 11th, 2024, Monday (1:00 pm) - Veterans Day Commemoration, Middletown, VA
Event Level:  National
Host/POC:  Col. James Wood II Chapter VASSAR / TBA.
Location:  TBA.
Firing Event: Yes (provided by the local VFW chapter)
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA.
Details: TBA.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:


November 23rd, 2024, Saturday (10:00 am) – Lafayette Bicentennial Celebration, Fredericksburg, VA
Event Level: Chapter
Host/POC:
Col. Fielding Lewis Chapter VASSAR / John Hamilton.
Location:
Market Square 909 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg, VA.  
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander:
TBA
Details: 
Color Guard muster no later than 09:15 am.  The city has requested SAR Color Guard support to provide a presentation of colors with the Mayor and salute/escort of General Lafayette and President Monroe as they step off the carriage and walk into Market Square for the opening ceremony. This civic event will reenact the arrival of Lafayette and Monroe in the city during Lafayette's 1824 tour of the United States and is the kickoff of a two-day celebration in Fredericksburg, including balls, lectures, and tours/open houses around the city. Gen. Lafayette and Pres. Monroe will be portrayed by actors coming from Williamsburg. Gen Lafayette and Pres. Monroe will arrive by carriage to Market Square where he will be greeted by local officials (Lafayette and the Mayor reciting the same speeches they made in 1824) and area residents, some in period clothing, and local JROTC cadets. ' Historically, veterans of the Revolutionary War and local militia provided the same during the 1824 visit, according to written accounts provided by the great-great-grandfather of the former Mayor of Fredericksburg, who is the honorary chair of the Committee.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:
Hamilton.


December 7th, 2024, Saturday (11:00 am) - Commemoration of the Battle of Great Bridge, Chesapeake, VA
Event Level: National
Co-Hosts/POCs:  Great Bridge Chapter VASSAR / Don Fergusson; VADAR Great Bridge Chapter / Lisa Davis.
Location: 1775 Historic Way, Chesapeake, VA.
Firing Event: Yes
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA.
Details: TBA.  Click here for the Playbook: Great Bridge Playbook
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees: Dunaway, Lynch, Melhuish.


December 7th, 2024, Saturday (TBD) – Leesburg Holiday Parade, Leesburg, VA
Event Level: Chapter
Host Chapter: Sgt Maj John Champe Chapter/Barry Schwoerer ([email protected])
Location: Parade goes down King Street from Lee Park, to  Fairfax Street, Leesburg, VA.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander: NA
Details: The parade float offered to the SMJC will be entered.  The float can accommodate 4-6 riders.   DAR and CAR typically join the chapter.  Other SAR Chapters invited and encouraged to join us.  Colonial attire, militia or Regimental uniforms preferred. Parade length approximately 1 mile.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:  Schwoerer, Sink, Bonner, Workman.


December 8th, 2024, Sunday (5:00 pm) - 56th Abingdon Annual Christmas Parade, Abingdon, VA
Event Level: Chapter
Host/POC:  The Kiwanis Club of Abingdon organizes the parade.  VASSAR POC / John Gullion.
Location: Abingdon, VA.
Firing event: No
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA.
Details: TBA.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:


December 8th, 2024, Sunday (5:00 pm) –  Support to the 14th Annual Gold Star Family Gala, Chesapeake, VA
Event Level: Public Service
Host/POC:  Honor and Remember Organization / George Lutz, the founder and Gold Star father.
VASSAR POC: Thompson.
Location:  Chesapeake Conference Center, 700 Conference Center Dr., Chesapeake, VA. (Change from previous years.)
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA.
Details: Please note the change of venue.  This will mark the twelfth year the VASSAR Color Guard has supported this annual public service event.  It is held to honor and remember our fallen servicemen and women at the Gold Star Family Gala.  Several hundred people typically attend this event.  Only a small Color Guard is usually provided: two musket men and two flag bearers (US and the Honor & Remember flags).  We would also like to add a VASSAR fife and drummer to the team this year.
The NSSAR President General's June 29, 2010, Resolution stated in part, "...be it resolved that the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution supports legislation to establish a unique national flag to honor and remember those who have given their lives in military service for our great nation, the United States of America...and it further resolved that the United States Congress is urged to adopt House of Representatives Bill 1034 to select the 'Honor and Remember Flag' which has been created by Honor and Remember, Incorporated, to serve as a national symbol."
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:


December 9th, 2023, Saturday (7:30 am) - Culpeper Commemoration of Battle of Great Bridge, Culpeper, VA
Event Level: Chapter
Host/POC: Culpeper Minutemen Chapter VASSAR / TBA.
Location: Culpeper Minuteman Monument, Yowell Meadow Park, Culpeper, VA.
Firing Event: Yes
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA.
Details: TBA.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:


INFORMATION: December 16th-17th Wreaths Across America
Event Level: National

In 2022, Wreaths Across America (WAA) and its national network of volunteers placed more than 2.7 million sponsored veterans' wreaths on headstones of our nation's service members at 3,702 participating locations. This was accomplished with the support of more than 5,000 sponsorship groups, corporation contributions, and in-kind donations from the transportation industry across the country.  The wreath-laying that began more than 30 years ago is still held annually on the second or third Saturday of December. WAA's annual pilgrimage from Harrington, Maine to Arlington National Cemetery has become known as “the world’s largest veterans’ parade." Every year the convoy of trucks, local law enforcement, staff, and supporters stop at schools, monuments, veterans’ homes and communities along the way to talk about the Wreaths Across America mission and remind people how important it is to remember, honor and teach.


December 14th, 2024, Saturday (11:00 am) - Wreaths Across America, Purcellville, VA
Event Level: National
Host/POC:  Col. James Wood II, Sgt Maj John Champe Chapters VASSAR, and Ketoctin Chapter VADAR.
Locations: (1) Ketoctin Baptist Church, 16595 Ketoctin Church Road, Purcellville, VA.
(2) North Fork Baptist Church, 38130 North Fork, Purcellville, VA.  
(3) North Hill Cemetery, Clarke County, VA.
Firing Events (3):  Yes (at all three cemeteries)
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA.
Details: TBA.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:


December 15th, 2024, Sunday (1:00 pm) - Wreaths Across America, Front Royal, VA
Event Level:  National
Host/POC: Col. James Wood II Chapter VASSAR and Boy Scout Troop #4
Location: Prospect Hill Cemetery, Prospect St, Front Royal, VA.
Firing Event: Yes
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA.
Details: TBA.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees: