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.  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 is provided in the Resource Section (see 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, CAR, or non-VASSAR re-enactors. Event coordinators should decline any non-VASSAR individual participation in our color guards (especially in a black powder firing event) if the individual does not have a valid Certificate of Insurance (COI) from an insurance company that confirms coverage for the specific member(s).  This must be provided to the VASSAR Color Guard Commander no later than two days before the event.

 Color Guard Archives may be accessed at Archives by year

 

2023 SCHEDUle


January 28th, 2023, Saturday (8:00-11:00 am) – 242nd Commemoration of the Battle of Cowan's Ford
Event Level: National
Host/POC: Mecklenburg Chapter NCSSAR/
Location:  Hopewell Presbyterian Church, 10500 Beatties Ford Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078.
Firing Event: Yes
Details: Color guard details to follow.  The Battle of Cowan's Ford was fought on February 1, 1781, at Cowan's Ford on the Catawba River in northwestern Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, between a force of about 5,000 British and fewer than a thousand Americans who were attempting to slow the British advance across the river. The American general William Lee Davidson was killed in this battle.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:

UPDATED: February 4th, 2023, Saturday (4:00 pm) - Honoring Black and Native American Patriots
Event Level: Chapter
Host/POC: Culpeper Minutemen Chapter VASSAR/Hamill.
Location: Culpeper History Museum 113 Commerce St. Culpeper, VA (Change of Venue)
Firing Event: Yes
Event Color Guard Commander: Schwetke.
Details: Kick-off to Black History Month - The Culpeper Minutemen Chapter has recognized African American and Native American Patriots during other events. The Chapter hopes this will become an annual event fully recognizing the efforts and sacrifices of Black and Native American Patriots in the Revolution.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees: Bonner, Cook, Corey, Crain, Dennis, Hamill, Jameson, Schwetke, B.Schwoerer, Weyler.

UPDATED: February 10th-12th, 2023, Friday-Saturday – 133rd Annual VASSAR Meeting
Event Level: State
Host/POC: Dan River Chapter VASSAR/Gary Hall.
Location:  Berry Hill Resort, 3105 River Rd., South Boston, VA.
Firing Event: No
Color Guard Commander: Melhuish.
Honor Guard Commander: Corey.
Details: This is a state-level event hosted by the VASSAR, including the Annual Meeting, Public Service, Memorial, and Chapter Awards, as well as the installation of 2023 - 2024 Officers and the Society's 103rd President.  Click on the links below to take you to (a) the agenda and (b) general information.  If you plan to attend, book your room early and mention that you are with the VASSAR to obtain a room discount.
A tailored "Orders to the Guard" (Updated to Version 4) document can be found at the following link:
Updated Conference agenda in the following link:
General Information
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees: Adolphi, Badamo, Bonner, Cook, Corey, Crain, Daniel, Driscoll, Hall, Lynch, Melhuish, M. Robinson, Schwetke, B.Schwoerer, Thompson, Weyler.

UPDATED: February 10th, Friday (5:00 pm) – 242nd Commemoration of the Banister River Crossing Event
Event Level: Chapter
Host/POC: Dan River Chapter VASSAR/Gary Hall.
Location: The Courthouse, 8 South Main St., Halifax, VA.
Firing Event: Yes (at ~6:15 pm in front of the War Memorial)
Event Color Guard Commander: Corey.
Details: Color Guard muster no later than 4:30 pm at the Courthouse. 
The Race to the Dan River did not end General Greene's Southern Army’s retreat from General Cornwallis' British Army after crossing the Dan River on February 14, 1781.  That river was only passable by boat at the time but could have gone down quickly, allowing a continued pursuit by the British.  Although Greene was successful in his objective, he was concerned enough to prepare for continuing the retreat by preparing another crossing of the Staunton River at Cole's Ferry.  While some of Greene's troops stayed on the north bank of the Dan for surveillance, the main army moved north, crossing the Banister River at Cowford, near this site, onto the old Halifax Court House at Crystal Hill some five or six miles north of the Banister.  The Dan River Chapter is working with the Town of Halifax to organize this event, which may include a reenactment and serving of Brunswick Stew!
Musket Squad: Corey, Crain, B.Schwoerer.

Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:  Adolphi,  Badamo, Bonner, Cook, Corey, Crain, Daniel, Driscoll, Hall, M. Robinson, Schwetke, B.Schwoerer, Weyler.

UPDATED: February 11th, 2023, Saturday (10:00-11:00 am) – 242nd Commemoration of the Crossing of the Dan (Part I - indoors portion)
Event Level: National
Host/POC: Dan River Chapter VASSAR/Gary Hall.
Firing Event: No
National Color Guard Commander: Lyles.
Event Honor Guard Commander:  Corey.
Location:  The Prizery, 700 Bruce St., South Boston, VA.
Details: Color Guard muster no later than 9:30 am on the third floor of the Prizery.  Bring indoor flag stands. 
Following an American victory at the Battle of Cowpens in South Carolina in January 1781, General Nathanael Greene’s southern army outran British forces under Lord Cornwallis as both armies raced northward across the Carolinas.  In what became known as the Race to the Dan, a few weeks later, on February 14, 1781, it became “The Crossing” when Greene’s army crossed the Dan River to safety near South Boston.  The Crossing of the Dan became a turning point in the American Revolution, precipitating events that led to the British surrender at Yorktown.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees: Adolphi,  Badamo, Bonner, Cook, Corey, Crain, Daniel, Driscoll, Hall, Lynch, Melhuish, M. Robinson, Schwetke, B.Schwoerer, Thompson, Weyler.
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UPDATED: February 11th, 2023, Saturday (11:15-12:00 pm) – 242nd Commemoration of the Crossing of the Dan (Part II - outdoors portion)
Event Level:  National
Host/POC: Dan River Chapter VASSAR/Gary Hall.
Firing Event:  Yes (by the 7th VA Regt.)
Event Guard Commander:  Melhuish.
Honor Guard Commander:  Corey.
Location:  Commences at the Prizery parking lot, 700 Bruce St., South Boston, VA.
Details:  Guard muster immediately after the indoor ceremony in the Prizery parking lot and fall in behind the Halifax JROTC Color Guard (est. 11:15 am). The JROTC CG will carry the US and VA Flags: and the SAR Honor Guard will carry all other flags (i.e., other State, Society, and Chapter flags).  On signal, the formation will march to the Dan River for the Wreath Presentation Ceremony.  The 7th VA Regt will provide musket volleys.  On completion, meet at the Prizery for lunch and a brief awards presentation ceremony.
Note:  if the Dan River is at flood stage on Saturday, the alternative wreath-presentation site will be at Constitution Square, across the street from the Prizery.  The Halifax JROTC will serve as Color Guard at Constitution Square, and a VASSAR Honor Guard will carry Society flags.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:  Adolphi,  Badamo, Bonner, Cook, Corey, Crain, Daniel, Driscoll, Hall, Lynch, Melhuish, M. Robinson, Schwetke, B.Schwoerer, Thompson, Weyler.

 February 16th, 2023, Thursday (7-8:30 pm) - VASSAR CG Commander (Zoom) Workshop
Host: VASSAR CG Committee/Melhuish (Chair).
Details: Compatriots, the VASSAR Color Guard Committee now hosts a virtual (Zoom) CG Workshop on the first Thursday following the Annual/Semi-Annual VASSAR Meetings.  This replaces the previous CG Workshops during those meetings, allowing Compatriots to attend other functions.  Since we are looking to conduct more frequent CG Workshops in each Region during the year, the CG Commander Workshop is designed to inform Guardsmen on the status of the Guard, initiatives, and focus on the next few months, as well as offering Compatriots an opportunity to provide feedback and comment to the CG Committee.

Zoom details and a link to the workshop slides will be updated here.
February 18th, 2023, Saturday (11:00 am) - Marker for Patriot Phillip Fendall
Event Level: Chapter
Host/POC: George Washington Chapter VASSAR/Paul Walden at [email protected] (703-346-2091).
Location: 614 Oronoco St., Old Town Alexandria, VA.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander: A.Mills.
Details: The George Washington Chapter recently placed a memorial marker for Phillip Fendall at his home located at 614 Oronoco St., in Old Town Alexandria (corner of Washington St).  The house is now a museum.  Fendall was a business partner and friend of George Washington. 
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:  Christensen, Cook, Corey, Crain, Daniel, A.Mills, B.Schwoerer.

February 20th, 2023, Monday (11:00 am) – Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution
Event Level: Chapter
Host/POC: Kate Waller Barrett Chapter VADAR/George Washington Chapter VASSAR/Bill Wilson at [email protected]
Location:  Old Presbyterian Meeting House, 323 South Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander: Schwetke.
Details: SAR-DAR Wreath Laying at the Old Presbyterian Meeting House (OPMH) honoring an Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier; this event normally finishes by 12 Noon.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees: Cook, Corey, Crain, Daniel, Schwetke, B.Schwoerer, Weyler.

February 20th, 2023, Monday (1:00 pm) – George Washington Birthday Parade
Event Level: National
Host/POC: George Washington Chapter VASSAR/Bill Wilson at [email protected]
Location:  Old Town Alexandria, Alexandria, VA.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander: Schwetke.
Details: This is a SAR national-level event organized by the George Washington Chapter VASSAR. SAR, DAR, and CAR members march in this parade. This parade typically concludes by 3:00 PM.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees: Cook, Corey, Crain, Daniel, Schwetke. A.Mills, B.Schwoerer, Weyler.

February 22nd, 2023, Wednesday (9:00 am) – Wreath Laying at George Washington’s Tomb
Event Level: National
Host/POC: George Washington Chapter VASSAR/Bill Wilson.
Location:  George Washington's Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA
Details: This event, hosted by the George Washington Chapter VASSAR, commemorates His Excellency's 291st birthday.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:

February 22nd, 2023, Wednesday (10:00 am) – Commemoration of George Washington’s Birthday
Event Level: National
Host/POC: Col. James Wood II Chapter VASSAR/Corey.
Location: 32 W. Cork St., Winchester, VA.
Firing Event: No
Color Guard Commander: M. Robinson.
Details: Commemoration of George Washington’s Birthday.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees: Cook, Corey, Crain, Daniel, Petrie, M. Robinson, Tyler, Weyler.

February 22nd, 2023, Wednesday (4:00 pm) – George Washington's Birthday and Reading of his Farewell Address
Event Level:  Chapter
Host/POC: Culpeper Minutemen Chapter VASSAR/Jameson.
Location:  Culpeper Masonic Cemetery, 1012 N Main Street, Culpeper, VA.
Firing Event:  Yes
Event Color Guard Commander: Corey.
Details: This observance is conducted near the graves of General Edward Stevens and Colonel John Jameson. 
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:  Cook, Corey, Crain, Daniel, Dennis, Hamill, Schwetke, B.Schwoerer, Weyler.  

February 25th, 2023, Saturday (11:00 am) – 257th Commemoration 1766 Leedstown Resolutions
Event Level: State
Host/POC: James Monroe Chapter VASSAR/Charles Belfield.
Location:  Ingle Side Winery, 5872 Leedstown Rd., Oak Grove, VA.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA
Details: TBA.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees: Weyler.

February 25th, 2023, Saturday (10:00 am) – 247th Commemoration of the Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge
Event Level: National
Host/POC: Lower Cape Fear Chapter NCSSAR/Desiree Whalen at [email protected]
Location: Moore’s Creek Battlefield, 200 Moore’s Creek Rd., Currie, NC 28435.
Details: This is a national-level event hosted by the Lower Cape Fear Chapter NCSSAR and Stamp Defiance Chapter NCDAR, with Moore’s Creek National Battlefield.  ​In the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge in North Carolina on February 27, 1776, during the Revolutionary War (1775-83), American forces defeated the British. The victory ended British authority in North Carolina and provided an essential boost to Patriot morale. Within two months of the American victory, on April 12, 1776, North Carolina became the first colony to vote in favor of independence from Britain.
Note:  All who plan to attend and present wreaths complete the RSVP form at the following link:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe3wIHtLvIthY4Bg_T4wiRSRDdnRUP9CPSiCTY0M_0ajeum_A/viewform
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:

March 2nd – 4th,2023, NSSAR Spring Leadership, Louisville, KY
Event Level: National
Host/POC: NSSAR
Location: The Brown Hotel, 335 West Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202.
Details: TBA.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees: Cook, Crain, Osborn, Weyler.

March 15th, 2023, Wednesday (10:00 am) - 242nd Commemoration of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse
Event Level: National
Host/POC:  NCSSAR/Danny Murray at [email protected]
Location:  Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, 2332 New Garden Rd, Greensboro, NC 27410.
Firing Event: Yes (safety governed by the National Park Service)
Details: The battle of Guilford Courthouse in North Carolina, on March 15, 1781, proved pivotal to the American victory in the American Revolutionary War (1775-83). Although British troops under Lieutenant General Charles Cornwallis (1738-1805) scored a tactical victory at Guilford Courthouse over American forces under Major General Nathanael Greene (1742-86), the British suffered significant troop losses during the battle. Afterward, Cornwallis abandoned his campaign for the Carolinas and took his army into Virginia instead. In October of that year, he surrendered to General George Washington (1732-99) following the Battle of Yorktown, the last major land battle of the war.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees: Daniel, Phillips.

March 29th, 2023, Wednesday (11:00 am) - National Vietnam Veterans Day, Winchester
Event Level: Chapter
Host Chapter: Col. James Wood II Chapter VASSAR/Corey.
Location: Winchester National Cemetery, 401 National Ave., Winchester, VA.
Firing Event: Yes
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA
Details: On March 29, 1973, U.S. President Richard Nixon officially withdrew the American combat forces from Vietnam. A year later, the first Vietnam Veterans Day was held. Vietnam Veterans Day commemorates the hardships suffered and sacrifices made by nine million Americans during the Vietnam War. However, the holiday does not only honor the former soldiers but also their families who supported them before and after the war.  U.S. President Donald Trump formally signed the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 as a law designated for the National Vietnam Veterans Day celebration on March 29 each year.

Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:


March 25th, 2023, Saturday (1:00 pm) – National Vietnam Veterans Day
Event Level: Chapter
Host/POC: Col. James Wood II Chapter VASSAR/Corey.
Location:  Veterans Memorial Park, Middletown, VA.
Firing Event: TBC
Event Color Guard Commander:  TBA
Details: TBA.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:


 

 April 10th, 2023, Monday (TBA) – Funeral and Grave Marking for Compatriot Robert C. “Bob” Wolfe
Event Level: Chapter
Host/POC: Gen. William Campbell Chapter VASSAR/John Gullion
Locations: (1) Funeral at the Frost Funeral Home, 250 E Main St, Abingdon, VA.
                   (2) Gravesite Marking TBA
Firing Event: Yes (at the gravesite)
Event Color Guard Commander: Gullion
Details: Compatriot Bob Wolfe passed on Tuesday, January 17th, aged 93.  He had been a member of the VASSAR Color Guard and a long-time Gen. William Campbell Chapter member. The family has requested a VASSAR Color Guard present the Colors at his funeral and support a follow-on Compatriot Grave Marking and Musket Volley.     
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:


(TBC) April 13th, 2023, Thursday (11:00 am) - 280th Birthday of President Jefferson (Wreath Laying)
Event Level:  State equivalent (District of Columbia)
Host/POC:
Firing event: No
Details:  The 280th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Jefferson will be celebrated on Thursday, April 13, 2023. As in all but two of the eighty years since the dedication of the Jefferson Memorial in 1943, the District of Columbia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, in cooperation with the National Park Service and the Military District of Washington, will sponsor a commemorative ceremony at 11:00 AM that day at the Jefferson Memorial, on the Tidal Basin in Washington. The program will include music by one of the service bands, a Joint Armed Services Color Guard, and placing wreaths by numerous officials and groups. 
Parking is limited, so leave yourself plenty of time. METRO (Smithsonian station) may be the best option. If you drive, plan to use Lots A, B, or C, located on Ohio Drive between and flanking the spans of the 14th Street Bridges. The lots are up to a half-mile walk from the north steps of the Memorial facing the Tidal Basin, where the ceremony will take place.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:


 April 15th, 2023, Saturday (11:00 am-2:00 pm) - Annual Multi-Chapter Meeting
Event Level: Chapter
​Host/POC: Culpeper Minutemen Chapter VASSAR/Bill Schwetke.
Location:  Graves Mountain Lodge, 205 Graves Mountain Lane, Syria, VA.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA
Details: This will also include the Blessing of Virginia Soil for Waxhaws from 10:45-1100 am.
​Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees: 

April 15th, 2023, Saturday (TBA) - Patriots Day Commemoration
Event Level:  National
Host Chapter:  Col. James Wood II Chapter VASSAR/
Location:  Warren Heritage Society, 101 Chester St, Front Royal, VA.
Firing Event:  Yes
Event Color Guard Commander:  M. Robinson.
Details:  Commemorate Patriots Day.
​Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees: M. Robinson.

April 15th -16th, Saturday-Sunday (Workshop time TBA) - Frontier Regional Meeting with Color Guard Workshop
Event Level:  Chapter
Host Chapter:  Col. William Campbell Chapter VASSAR/Gullion.
Location:  Abingdon Muster Grounds, 1780 Muster Pl., Abingdon, VA.
Firing Event:  Yes
Event Color Guard Commander:  Corey.
Details: Color Guard workshop will start at 2:00 pm.
​Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees: Corey.

April 17th, 2023, Monday – Patriots’ Day
Event Level: National
Location: Various locations
Details: This is a SAR national-level event commemorating the eight men of the Lexington Militia killed in action on April 19, 1775.

(TBC) April 17th, 2023, Monday (TBA) – Patriots’ Day at Arlington National Cemetery
Event Level: National
Host/POC: Fairfax Resolves Chapter VASSAR/
Location: Arlington National Cemetery, Lexington Minuteman Memorial, Sec 1-297-34.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA
Heat Index:
Details: VASSAR commemorates those killed in action at Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:

April 22nd, 2023, Saturday (6:00 pm) - Fredericksburg National Baseball Game Presentation of the Colors
Event Level:  Chapter (Public Relations)
Host/POC: Col Fielding Lewis Chapter VASSAR/John Hamill at [email protected]
Location: Virginia Credit Union Stadium is located at 42 Jackie Robinson Way, Fredericksburg, VA 22401. (It is past the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center off of Carl D. Silver Pkwy off Rt W 3 at I-95.)
Firing event: No

Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:

(TBC) April 22nd, 2023, Saturday (TBC) – Commemoration of Patriot Sgt Maj John Champe (potentially including observation of Patriots Day)
Event Level:  Chapter
Host/POC: Sgt Maj John Champe Chapter VASSAR/Barry Schwoerer.
Location: Champe Homesite, Middleburg, VA.
Firing Event: Yes
Event Color Guard Commander: Schwoerer.
Heat Index:
Details:  Wreath Laying ceremony at obelisk monument located on Champe Homesite
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:

 (TBC) April 22nd, 2023, Saturday (10:30 am) - President James Monroe's 265th Birthday (Birthplace House)
Event Level: Historic
Host/POC: (Non-SAR) James Monroe Memorial Foundation/Peter Broadbent.
VASSAR POC:  Melhuish.
Location: Monroe's Birthplace House, 4460, James Monroe Highway, Colonial Beach, VA.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA
Heat Index:
Details:  Wreath Laying ceremony in front of Monroe's Birthplace House. See the following website: https://monroefoundation.org/
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:

April 23rd, 2023, Sunday (1:00 pm) - Richmond Chapter VASSAR Centennial Celebration
Event Level: Chapter
Host/POC: Richmond Chapter VASSAR/Chris Yohn.
Location: Willow Oaks Country Club, 6228 Forest Hill Ave., Richmond, VA.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander:  Schwetke.
Details: The Richmond Chapter is the oldest continuously operating Virginia Society Chapter and will reach its 100th year of service on April 23. The chapter is planning this centennial celebration to mark the accomplishment.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:  Schwetke.

(TBC) April 28th, 2023, Friday (11:00 am) - President James Monroe's 265th Birthday (Cemetery)
Event Level: Historic
Host/POC: (non-SAR) James Monroe Memorial Foundation/Peter Broadbent.
VASSAR Guard POC: Melhuish.
Event Guard Coordinator: TBA
Location: Monroe's tomb, Hollywood Cemetery, 512 South Cherry St., Richmond, VA.
Firing Event: No
Heat Index:
Details:  Wreath Laying ceremony at James Monroe's tomb in Hollywood Cemetery.  US Army will most likely provide the Color Guard (TBC).  https://monroefoundation.org/
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:

April 29th, 2023, Saturday (07:30 am) - Honor Flight, Ashburn, VA
Event Level:  National
Host Chapter/POC:  Col. James Wood II and Sgt Maj John Champe Chapters VASSAR with Honor Flight Top of Virginia
Location:  Ashburn Senior Center, 20880 Marblehead Dr., Ashburn, VA.
Firing Event:  No
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA
Details:  Provide Color Guard for Opening Ceremony for Honor Flight.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:

April 29th, 2023, Saturday (1:00 pm) - Commemoration of General Joseph Martin
Event Level: National
Host/Poc: Col. George Waller Chapter Vassar/Jarred Marlowe.
Location: Historic Courthouse, 1 East Main Street, Martinsville, VA.
Firing Event: TBD
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA.
Details:  Guard muster at the historic Courthouse no later than 12:15 pm.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:

May 6th, 2023, Saturday (TBA) - Patriot Grave Markings, Millwood
Event Level: DAR Chapter (VASSAR Support to DAR)
Host Chapter/POC:  Commonwealth Chapter NSDAR/Carol Moody Beam.
Location:  3605 Bishop Meade Road, Millwood, VA 22620. [The intersection of Bishop Meade Road (VA State Route 255) and Lord Fairfax Highway (U.S. Route 340).]
Firing Event: Yes
Event Color Guard Commander: Osborn.
Details: Grave marking for three Revolutionary War Patriots, Governor Edmund Randolph, Colonel Nathaniel Burwell, and Private Adam Bosteyon. Under consideration is to make this a joint grave marking program. In previous events, two of the graves have already been marked by the SAR. The Ceremony will incorporate much of the Holker grave marking ceremony on 2 April 2022 event.  The Commonwealth DAR Chapter will decide the actual layout and program.  The foul weather backup plan is to use the Chapel nearby (limited seating).
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:

(TBC - PLACEHOLDER) May 13th, 2023, Saturday (TBA) - Ameria's First Frontier (formerly Raid at Martin's Station)
Event Level: National
Host/POC: TBA
Location: Wilderness State Park, 8051 Wilderness Road Trail, Ewing, VA.
Firing Event:  TBD
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA
Details: TBA
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:

May 20th, 2023, Saturday - Armed Forces Day
Event Level: National
Host/POC: Various
Location:  Various
Details: First observed on May 20, 1950, the day was created on August 31, 1949, to honor Americans serving in the five U.S. military branches – the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Coast Guard – following the consolidation of the military services in the U.S. Department of Defense. It was intended to replace the separate Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Days, but the separate days are still observed, especially within the respective services.

(TBC) May 27th, 2023, Saturday (10:30 am) – 243rd Commemoration of the Battle of Waxhaws (Buford’s Massacre)
Event Level: National
Host/POC: Francis Marion Chapter SCSSAR/
Location: Buford, SC.
Firing Event: Yes
National Color Guard Commander: TBA
Heat Index:
Details: This is a national-level event sponsored by the General Francis Marion Chapter, SCSSAR.  The Battle of Waxhaws (also known as Buford's massacre) took place during the American Revolutionary War on May 29, 1780, near Lancaster, South Carolina, between a Continental Army force led by Abraham Buford and a mainly Loyalist force led by British officer Banastre Tarleton. Buford refused an initial demand to surrender, but when Tarleton's cavalry attacked his men, many threw down their arms to surrender. Buford apparently attempted to surrender. However, the British commanding officer Tarleton was shot at during the truce, causing his horse to fall and trap him. Loyalists and British troops were outraged at the breaking of the truce in this manner and proceeded to fall on the rebels.  While Tarleton was trapped under his dead horse, men continued killing the Continental soldiers, including those not resisting. Little quarter was given to the patriots/rebels. Of the 400 or so Continentals, 113 were killed with sabers, 150 so severely injured they could not be moved, and the British and Loyalists took 53 prisoners. "Tarleton's quarter" became a common expression for refusing to take prisoners. In some subsequent battles in the Carolinas, few of the defeated were taken alive by either side. This 'Battle of Waxhaws’ became the subject of an intensive propaganda campaign by the Continental Army to bolster recruitment and incite resentment against the British. Equally plausible accounts of the battle by soldiers from both sides describe Tarleton as having no part in ordering a massacre as he had been trapped under his horse. When freed, he immediately ordered thorough medical treatment of American prisoners and wounded.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees: Bonner, Melhuish, Schwetke.

(TBC) May 28th, 202, Sunday (TBA) - Wreath Laying Patrick Henry Gravesite, Red Hill Plantation
Event Level: Chapter
Host/POC:  Patrick Henry Chapter, Virginia SAR / Mark Day.
Location:  Patrick Henry's Red Hill, 1250 Red Hill Road, Brookneal, VA.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander:  TBA
Heat Index:
Details: This event will be attended by VASSAR President Meyer and past President Thomas.  The event will honor the 287th birthday of Patrick Henry, born on 29 May 29, 1736. This is being arranged at the request of VASSAR President Myers and Past President Thomas. It is scheduled for Sunday afternoon to fit into the other scheduled events that weekend in South Carolina and Washington D.C.  Inscribed on Patrick Henry's tomb: "His fame his best epitaph".
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:

May 29th, 2023, Monday - Memorial Day Commemoration
Event Level: National
Host/POC: Various
Locations: Various
Details:  Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed annually on the last Monday in May. It honors those who died serving in the United States military. In the United States, Memorial Day weekend starts the summer season, and Labor Day weekend ends the summer. Most government and business offices will be closed on this Day. Armed Forces Day honors those currently serving in the military, and Veterans Day honors men and women who have previously served in the United States armed forces. The National Moment of Remembrance: On May 3, 2000, a “National Moment of Remembrance” was established.  This is observed at 3 pm local time on Memorial Day to pause and remember those who died in defense of our Nation.

(TBC) May 29th, 2023, Monday (10:00 am) - Memorial Day Commemoration, Colonial Williamsburg
Event Level: National
Host/POC:  Colonial Williamsburg & Williamsburg Chapter/John Lynch.
Location: In front of the Governor's Palace, Colonial Williamsburg.
Firing Event: Yes (Colonial Williamsburg Reenactors)
Event Color Guard Commander:  TBA
Heat Index:
Details: TBA.

Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:

(TBC) May 29th, 2023, Monday - Memorial Day Commemoration, Halifax
Event Level: National
Host/POC: Dan River Chapter VASSAR/Gary Hall.
Location: Halifax County War Memorial, Halifax, VA.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA
Heat Index:
Details: TBA.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:

(TBC) May 29th, 2023, Monday (11:00 am) - National Memorial Day Parade - DC
Event Level: National
Host/POC: George Washington Chapter VASSAR/
Location:  National Mall, Washington, DC.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander:
TBA
Heat Index:
Details: The length of the parade is approximately 1.5 miles.  Participants will also need to factor in the distance to and from parking sites to determine the total miles walked in this event (at least 3 miles total).  The George Washington Chapter, VASSAR, organizes SAR parade participation. 
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:

(TBC) May 29th, 2023, Monday (11:00 am) – Memorial Day Commemoration, Winchester
Event Level: National
Host/POC: Col. James Wood II Chapter VASSAR and the American Red Cross/
Location: Winchester National Cemetery, 401 National Ave., VA.
Firing Event: Yes
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA
Heat Index:
Details: TBA.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:

(TBC) May 29th, 2023, Monday (TBA) - Memorial Day Commemoration, Culpeper
Event Level: National
Host/POC: VFW/Keith Price.  Supported by Culpeper Minutemen Chapter VASSAR/
Location: Culpeper National Cemetery.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA
Heat Index:
Details: TBA.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees: 

(TBC) May 29th, 2023, Monday (TBA) - Memorial Day Commemoration, Middletown
Event Level: National
Host/POC: Col. James Wood II Chapter VASSAR/
Location: Middletown Veterans Memorial, 8050 Main St., Middletown, VA.
Firing Event: Yes
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA
Details: TBA.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:

(TBC) May 29th, 2023, Monday (TBA) - Memorial Day Commemoration, Leesburg
Event Level: National
Host/POC: Sgt. Maj John Champe Chapter VASSAR/
Location: Loudoun County Courthouse, Leesburg, VA.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA
Heat Index:
Details: TBA.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:

June 3rd, 2023, Saturday (07:30 am) - Honor Flight, Winchester
Event Level:  National
Host/POC:  Col. James Wood II Chapter VASSAR and Honor Flight Top of Virginia.
Location:  Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA.
Firing Event:  No
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA
Details: TBA.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:

(TBC) June 3rd, 2023, Saturday (11:00 am) – 242nd Commemoration of Wayne's Crossing
Event Level: Chapter
Host/POC: Co-Hosted by the Sgt Maj John Champe and Fairfax Resolves Chapters VASSAR/
Location: Spirit of Loudoun Revolutionary War Memorial, Loudoun County Courthouse, 18 E Market Street, Leesburg, VA.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA
Heat Index:
Details: This event commemorates the crossing of the Potomac River by General Anthony Wayne’s army on May 31, 1781. The army passed through Leesburg on June 3, 1781, en route to joining General Lafayette’s Army.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:

(TBC) June 10th, 2023, Saturday (11:00 am) - Commemoration of the Virginia Declaration of Rights
Event Level: Chapter
Host/POC: George Mason Chapter VASSAR/
Location: Mason Family Cemetery Gunston Hall, 10709 Gunston Road, Lorton, VA.
Firing Event: Yes
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA
Heat Index:
Details: The Commemoration of the Virginia Declaration of Rights authored by George Mason and Adopted on June 12, 1776, by the Virginia Constitutional Convention will take place in the form of a wreath laying at the tomb of George Mason. This document contained points that Thomas Jefferson used in the first ten amendments to the U. S. Declaration of Independence less than a month later, on July 4, 1776.  Immediate Past VASSAR President Jeff Thomas will attend the ceremony.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:

June 14th, 2023, Wednesday - Flag Day
Event Level: Not a National Event for Color Guard medal purposes.
Location: Various.
Details:  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.
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.

(TBC) June 16th, 2023, Friday (11:00 am) - Commemoration of Dr. Joseph Warren
Event Level:  Chapter
Host/POC: Col. James Wood II Chapter VASSAR/
Location: 220 N. Commerce, Front Royal, VA.
Firing Event: Yes
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA
Heat Index:
Details: A commemoration to Dr. Joseph Warren, namesake of Warren County. There will be a presentation on Dr. Warren, wreath presentations, and a musket salute fired in his honor.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:

(TBC) June 17th, 2023, Saturday (10:00 am) – Gen. Daniel Morgan's Commemoration
Event Level: State
Host/POC: Col. James Wood II Chapter VASSAR/
Location: Mount Hebron Cemetery, 305 E Boscawen Street, Winchester, VA.
Firing Event: Yes
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA
Heat Index:
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.
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(TBC) June 17th, 2023 - Saturday (3:00 pm) - 248th Commemoration of Loudoun Resolves
Event Level: Chapter
Host/POC: Sgt Maj John Champe Chapter VASSAR/Ken Bonner.
Location: Loudoun Revolutionary War Memorial, 18 E. Market Street, Leesburg, VA.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA
Heat Index:
Details:  Color Guard muster at 2:15 pm. The event will be held on the Courthouse lawn at the Spirit of Loudoun Revolutionary War Memorial. County approval for the event is pending but expected.
On June 14, 1774, Freeholders of Loudoun County signed the Loudoun Resolves, a protest against Great Britain's "most oppressive and tyrannical Act of the British Parliament, made in the 14th year of his present Majesty's reign". This was a. prelude to the Declaration of Independence and one of many Resolutions by Counties and Colonies protesting acts of Parliament. We will summarize the various Resolves and read the Loudoun Resolves near the Old Courthouse steps. Parking in a nearby parking garage. Limited street parking. 
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(TBC) June 24th, 2023, Saturday (11:00 am) – 242nd Commemoration of the Battle of Spencer's Ordinary
Event Level: State
Host/POC: Williamsburg Chapter VASSAR/
Location: Freedom Park, 5537 Centreville Road, Williamsburg, VA.
Firing Event: TBC
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA
Heat Index:
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 (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.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:  

July 1st, 2023, Saturday (TBA) - Reading of the Declaration of Independence and Wreath Presentation
Event Level:  National
Host/POC:  Col. James Wood II Chapter VASSAR and Warren Heritage Society/
Location:  Warren Heritage Society, 101 Chester St., Front Royal, VA  22601
Firing Event:  Yes
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA
Details:  Reading the Declaration of Independence, present wreaths and fire a salute.
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July 3rd, 2023, Monday (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) - Rockin' Independence Eve, Winchester
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
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 singing of National Anthem.
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July 4th, 2023, Tuesday (TBA) – Reading of the Declaration of Independence, Winchester
Event Level: National
Host/POC:  Col. James Wood II Chapter VASSAR/
Location:  Walking Mall, Winchester, VA.
Firing Event:  No
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA
Details:  CJWII will read the Declaration of Independence.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:

July 4th, 2023, Tuesday (4:00 pm) - 4th of July Parade, Middletown
Event Level: National
Host/POC:  Col. James Wood II Chapter VASSAR and City of Middletown
Location: Middletown, VA.
Firing Event:  No
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA
Details:  The Middletown Parade route begins at Laurel Ridge Community College, going south on Main Street.Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:

July 4th, 2023, Tuesday (~ 9 am) - Independence Day and March to the Tomb
Event Level: National
Host/POC: George Washington Chapter VASSAR/
Location: George Washington's Mount Vernon, VA.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA
Heat Index:
Details: Assemble at the Ann Pamela Cunningham Administrative Building (Building 3 on the Mount Vernon Map below) between 9:00 AM and 9:30 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 the Tomb Grove.  Please see attached Playbook diagram of the formation.
At the Tomb Grove, the George Washington Chapter will conduct a brief ceremony featuring remarks from our Chapter President. There will be a wreath-laying ceremony at George Washington’s Tomb after the ceremony. Attendees can then lay a carnation (provided by the Chapter) at General Washington’s and Martha Washington’s Tombs. The ceremony will conclude at 11:00 AM when we return to Tomb Grove for photographs.
Note: Please refer to the VASSAR Color Guard Playbook for parade formation and movement. Go to the following link:  VASSAR Playbook
Safety Note: Don't forget to bring plenty of water and remain hydrated.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:

(TBC) July 4th, 2023, Tuesday (1:00 pm) - Reading of the Declaration of Independence, Culpeper
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: Corey.
Heat Index:
Details:
Reading of the Declaration of Independence followed by a musket volley.

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(TBC) July 6th, 2023, Wednesday (9:00 am) – 242nd Commemoration of the Battle of Spring Run
Event Level:  Chapter
Host/POC:  Williamsburg Chapter/John Lynch.
Location:  Church on the Main, 2604 Sir Gilbert 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.
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(TBC) July 8th, 2023, Saturday (11:00 am) - Commemoration of the 247th Anniversary of the Battle of Cricket Hill
Event Level: Chapter
Host/POC:  Richard Henry Lee Chapter VASSAR/
Location:  Morningstar Marinas, 249 Mill Point Rd, Hudgins, VA.
Firing event: TBC
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA
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.  
VASSAR Color Guard Attendees:

July 13th-20th, 2023, Thursday-Thursday - 133rd Annual NSSAR Congress – Orlando, FL
Event Level: National
Host/POC:  NSSAR/
Location:  Rosen Plaza Hotel, 9700 International Dr., Orlando, FL 32819.
Details:  TBA
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:

(TBC) July 22nd, 2023, Saturday (11:00 am) - 249th Anniversary of the Signing of the Fairfax Resolves
Event Level: State
Host/POC: Fairfax Resolves Chapter VASSAR/
Location: Pohick Episcopal Church, 9301 Richmond Hwy, Lorton, VA.
Firing Event:  No
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA
Details: TBA.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:

August 11th - 12th, 2023, Friday-Saturday - Atlantic Middle States Association (AMSA) Tarrytown, NY
Event Level: District
Host/POC:  NYSSAR/
Location:  Sleepy Hollow Hotel and Conference Center, 455 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY, US
Details:  This is a Mid-Atlantic Region event. 
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees: Melhuish.

(TBC) August 12th, 2023, Saturday (11:00 am) - Reading of the Declaration of Independence
Event Level: Chapter
Host/POC:  Sgt Maj John Champe Chapter VASSAR/
Location: Loudoun County Courthouse, Spirit of Loudoun Rev War Memorial, 18 East Market St., Leesburg, VA.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander:  TBA
Details:  On August 12, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was read from Leesburg's original court building doorway. The SMJC Chapter will re-enact the reading near the old Courthouse steps, near the SPIRIT OF LOUDOUN Revolutionary War Memorial. SAR, DAR Chapters, CAR Societies, and other Patriotic/Revolutionary focused societies are invited to present wreaths and bring their flags to help honor a pivotal document in the history of the United States.
Note: Color Guard muster at 10:15 am.  The chapter has US, VA, 250th, and Chapter flags.
No muskets, please.
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(TBC) August 19th, 2023, Saturday (10:00 am) – 241st Anniversary of the Battle of Blue Licks (KY)
Event Level: National
Host/POC: KYSSAR/KYSSAR President.
Location:  Blue Licks Battlefield State Park, 10299 Maysville Road, Carlisle, KY.
Firing Event: Yes
Details: The Kentucky Society Sons of the American Revolution hosts the Memorial Service for the 241st Battle of Blue Licks anniversary. In due course, more details on the reception, ceremony and summer meeting will be provided.
Color Guard muster at 09:00 am.
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(TBC) TBA August 2023, Saturday (12:00 pm) – Opening Ceremony of the Nansemond Indian Nation Annual Pow Wow
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: This is a two-day Native American cultural celebration, including music, dance, food, and crafts. The pow wow is located at the end of Pembroke Lane, which runs off Godwin Boulevard (across from Oakland Elementary School) in the Chuckatuck area of Suffolk.
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(TBC) September 2nd, 2023, Saturday (11:00 am) – 242nd Commemoration of the Battle of the Capes
Event Level: Chapter
Host/POC:  Norfolk Chapter VASSAR/
Location:  Francois Joseph Paul de Grasse Statue, Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander:  TBA
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.
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(TBC) September 11th, 2023, Monday – 22nd Anniversary of the 9/11 Attack on America (Culpeper)
Type: Massing of the Colors
Event Level: National
VASSAR Host/POC: Culpeper Minutemen Chapter VASSAR/Location: Fire Station, 1121 North Main St, Culpeper, VA.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA
Heat Index:
Details:  No wreaths - No musket firing - just four presentations of the colors.
The first event is an 8:46 Ceremony, followed by an 09:03 Ceremony in front of the Sheriff's Department (a few feet away), then on to the War Memorial on Wine Street for a 09:37 ceremony, then finally to the Intersection of Davis and Main for a 10:03 Ceremony. 
You may join or depart at any point in the program (others do this).   Street parking is available in the area.  The restroom is available in the Fire Department.  
[Note: This event was first approved in 2017 by the NSSAR Color Guard Commander for Massing of Colors credit.]
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INFORMATION:  September 15th, 2023, Friday - National POW/MIA Day
Event Level: Chapter
Location:  Various.
Note:  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."

INFORMATION: September 17th, 2023, Sunday - Constitution Day
Event Level: Chapter
Location:  Various
Details: www.constitutionday.com/the-constitution.html

(TBC) September 17th, 2023, Sunday (~ 8:00 am) - Vigil at Washington's Tomb
Event Level: National
Host/POC: NSSAR Color Guard/Collins.
Location: George Washington's Mount Vernon, Alexandria, VA.
Firing Event:  No
Event Color Guard Commander: Collins.
Heat Index:Details:  TBA.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:

(TBC) September 17th, 2023, Sunday (10:30 am) - Constitution Day Commemoration
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
Details:  TBA.
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(TBC) September 17th, 2023, Sunday (TBA) - President General's Wreath Laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns
Event Level: National
Host/POC:  George Washington Chapter VASSAR/
Location:  Tomb of the Unknowns, Arlington National Cemetery, VA.
Firing Event:  No
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA
Heat Index:
Details:  This is a national-level event, with SAR PG presenting the Society’s wreath.
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(TBC) September 17th, 2023, Sunday (2:00 pm) - Wreath Laying at the grave of Pvt. John Broddy
Event Level: Chapter
Host/POC:  General William Campbell Chapter VASSAR/
Location:  GPS 36.894634, -81.756998.
Firing Event: Yes
Event Color Guard Commander:  TBA
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.
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(TBC) September 17th, 2023, Sunday (4:00 pm) - Wreath Laying at the grave of Brig. Gen. William Campbell
Event Level: Chapter
Host/POC:  General William Campbell Chapter VASSAR/
Location: 303 Seven Mile Ford Rd, Marion, VA.
Firing Event: Yes
Event Color Guard Commander:  TBA
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.
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September 21st – 23rd, 2023 - NSSAR Fall Leadership Louisville, KY
Event Level: National
Host/POC: NSSAR/
Location:  The Brown Hotel, 335 West Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202.
Details:  TBA.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Attendees:

September 23rd, 2023, Saturday (07:30 am) - Honor Flight, Harrisonburg, VA
Event Level: National
Host/POC:  Col. James Wood II and Fort Harrison Chapters VASSAR and the Honor Flight Top of Virginia
Location:  Rockingham County Fair Grounds, Harrisonburg, VA.
Firing Event:  No
Event Color Guard Commander:  TBA
Details:  TBA.
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(TBC) September 23rd, 2023, Saturday (1:30 pm muster) - Abington Muster Commemoration
Event Level: State
Host:  Overmountain Victory Trail Association (OVTA)
VASSAR POC: General William Campbell Chapter VASSAR/
Location: 1780 Muster Place, Abingdon, VA.
Firing event: Yes
Event Color Guard Commander:  TBA
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.
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(TBC) September 23rd, 2023, Saturday (2:00 pm) - Founding of the Fairfax Independent Company
Event Level: Chapter
Host/POC:  Fairfax Resolves Chapter/
Location:  Outside Historic Fairfax Courthouse, 4000 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA
Details:  The Fairfax Independent Company was an independent militia established by George Mason on September 21, 1774.  When Virginia’s Royal Governor dissolved the House of Burgesses in May 1774, the assembly was denied the chance to renew the militia law, which had expired in late 1773.  Mason convinced fellow gentlemen and freeholders in Fairfax County to adopt a resolution to "form ourselves into a Company, not exceeding one hundred Men, by the Name of The Fairfax Independent Company of Volunteers."
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(TBC) September 30th, 2023, Saturday (TBC) – Sgt Maj John Champe Memorial Service
Event Level: Chapter
Host/POC:  Sgt Maj John Champe/
Location:  Pricketts Fort, 88 State Park Road, Fairmont, WV
Firing Event: Yes
Event Color Guard Commander:  TBA
Details: Gather at Pricketts Fort, WV, where Sgt Champe passed on 30 September 1798 while traveling in the area. Sgt. Maj. John Champe Chapter installed a SAR Patriot marker on 8 October 2022.
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(TBC) October 7th, 2023, Saturday – 243rd Anniversary of the Battle of Kings Mountain
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:  TBC
Details:  The Commemoration of the 243rd Anniversary of the Battle of Kings Mountain is scheduled for Friday, October 7, 2022, with the 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, 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". 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 is attached in the pdf file below.]

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:

(TBC) October 14th, 2022, Saturday (7:00 pm) - Honoring Kings Mountain Patriots
Event Level: Chapter
Host/POC:  General William Campbell Chapter VASSAR/
Location:  Sinking Spring Cemetery, Abingdon, VA.
Firing Event: No
Event Guard Commander:  TBA
Details:  The cemetery was the original site of the Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church, established by 1773 as one of the first Presbyterian churches west of the Allegheny Mountains.  Burials at the old churchyard date back to 1776 and include over 2,100 early leaders and settlers of Abingdon.
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October 19th, 2023, Thursday (9:15 am) – Wreath Laying at the tomb of Thomas Nelson Jr.
​Event Level: National
Host/POC: Thomas Nelson Jr Chapter VASSAR/
​Location:  Grace Episcopal Church, Yorktown, VA.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander: VASSAR CG Commander Melhuish.
Event Honor Guard Commander:  Corey.
Details:  TBA. Note: Neither the Nelson Grave dedication of the parade is considered a National Event by the Americanism Committee.  To gain credit for a wreath at Yorktown, it must be presented at the monument event after the parade. 
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​October 19th, 2023, Thursday (10:30 am) – Battle of Yorktown Victory Parade
​Event Level: National
Host/POC: Thomas Nelson Jr Chapter VASSAR/
Location:  Yorktown, VA.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander:  Melhuish.
Event Honor Guard Commander:  Corey.
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 British peer and 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. Note: Neither the Nelson Grave dedication of the parade is considered a National Event by the Americanism Committee.  To gain credit for a wreath at Yorktown, it must be presented at the monument event after the parade. 
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(TBC) October 21st, 2023, Saturday (11:00 am) - Culpeper Minutemen Muster
Event Level: State
Host/POC: Culpeper Minutemen Chapter VASSAR/
Location: Yowell Meadow Park, N Blue Ridge Ave, Culpeper, VA.
Firing Event:  TBC
Event Color Guard Commander:  TBA
Details:  TBA.
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​​November 11th, 2023, Saturday - Veterans Day Commemorations
Event Level: National
Host/POC:  Various.
​Location:  Various.  Specific details will be posted when known.
​Details:  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 Korea 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 2023 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 Georgia teacher who raised millions to support Veterans by selling poppies.  

(TBC) November 11th, 2023, Saturday (1:00 pm) - Wreath Laying at Geo. Washington's Tomb
Event Level: National
Host/POC:  George Washington Chapter VASSAR/
Location:  Mount Vernon, VA.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander:  TBA
Details:  Wreath-laying at Washington's Tomb on the Mount Vernon Estate. Joint ceremony with NSDAR.
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(TBC) November 11th, 2023, Saturday (1:00 pm) - Veterans Day Commemoration, Middletown
Event Level:  National
Host/POC:  Col. James Wood II Chapter VASSAR/
Location:  TBA.
Firing Event: Yes (provided by the local VFW chapter)
Event Color Guard Commander:  TBA
Details:  The event is a commemoration to honor veterans sponsored by Middletown.  It is held at the Veterans Commemorative Park in Middletown.  The SAR will serve as the color guard.  The VFW will fire a rifle salute to honor veterans of all services.
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(TBC) November 11th, 2023, Saturday (11:00 am) - Veterans Day Commemoration, Abingdon
Event Level: National
Host/POC: Abingdon Memorial Park Foundation and Gen. William Campbell Chapter VASSAR/Gullion.
Location: Veterans Memorial Park, Abingdon, VA.
Firing Event: Yes
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA
Details:  VASSAR Guardsmen will fire a volley at the ceremony.
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(TBC) November 11th, 2023, Saturday (10:00 am) - Veterans Day Commemoration, Williamsburg
Event Level: National
Host/POC: Williamsburg Chapter VASSAR with Colonial Williamsburg.
Location:  Colonial Williamsburg, VA.
Firing Event: No
Event Color Guard Commander:  TBA
Details:  TBA.
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(TBC) November 11th, 2023, Saturday (11:00 am) - Veterans Day Commemoration, Winchester
Event Level: National
Host/POC:  Col. James Wood II Chapter VASSAR/
Location:  National Cemetery, 401 National Ave., Winchester, VA,
Firing event:  TBC
Event Color Guard Commander:  TBA
Details:  A commemoration to honor veterans, co-sponsored by the American Red Cross.  The event is held at the National Cemetery in Winchester, Virginia.  Muster time is 10:15 am with a start time of 11:00 am.  The colors will be presented, and all U.S. services will be recognized.
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(TBC) December 2nd, 2023, Saturday (11:00 am) - 248th Commemoration of the Battle of Great Bridge
Event Level: National
Host/POC:  Norfolk Chapter VASSAR/
​Location: 1775 Historic Way, Chesapeake, VA.
Firing Event: Yes
​Event Color Guard Commander: TBA
Event Honor Guard Commander:  TBA
Details:  This event commemorates the Battle of Great Bridge, fought December 9, 1775, in Great Bridge, Virginia, early in the American Revolutionary War. The victory by colonial Virginia militia forces led to the departure of Royal Governor Lord Dunmore and any remaining vestiges of British power over the Colony of Virginia during the early days of the conflict.  Following increasing political and military tensions in early 1775, Dunmore and colonial rebel leaders recruited troops and struggled for available military supplies. The struggle eventually focused on Norfolk, where Dunmore had taken refuge aboard a Royal Navy vessel. Dunmore's forces had fortified one side of a critical river crossing south of Norfolk at Great Bridge, while rebel forces had occupied the other. Dunmore ordered an attack across the bridge to break up the rebel gathering, which was decisively repulsed. Colonel William Woodford, the Virginia militia commander at the battle, described it as "a second Bunker's Hill affair".  Shortly thereafter, Norfolk, at the time a Loyalist center, was abandoned by Dunmore and the Tories, who fled to navy ships in the harbor. Rebel-occupied Norfolk was destroyed on January 1, 1776, in an action begun by Dunmore and completed by rebel forces. 
Note:  Please refer to the event scheme of maneuver in the VASSAR Playbook
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(TBC) December 3rd, 2023, Sunday (5:00 pm) - 55th Abingdon Annual Christmas Parade
Event Level: Chapter
Host/POC:  The Kiwanis Club of Abingdon organizes the parade.  VASSAR POC/
Location: Abingdon, VA.
Firing event: No
Event Color Guard Commander:  TBA
Details:  General William Campbell Chapter VASSAR and Blacks Fort Chapter NSDAR will participate in the parade. The 55th Annual Abingdon Christmas Parade is organized by the Kiwanis Club for the Town of Abingdon and sponsored by Bart Long & Associates Realty and Auction, LLC.  Staging for the parade begins at 4:30 pm on Main Street between Hutton Street (Farris Funeral Home) and Tanner Street. Please enter the staging area on East Main Street near Hutton Street. Do not park on Main Street in front of Frost Funeral Home.
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December 3rd, 2023, Sunday (5:00 pm) - Gold Star Family Gala
Event Level: Public Service
Host/POC:  Honor and Remember Organization / George Lutz, the founder, and Gold Star father.
VASSAR POC: Thompson.
Location:  The Founder's Inn, 5641 Indian River Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23464.  Hotel reservation: 833-449-1273
Firing event: No
Event Color Guard Commander:  Thompson.
Details:  This will mark the eleventh 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."
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December 9th, 2023, Saturday (7:30 am) - Culpeper Commemoration of Battle of Great Bridge
Event Level: Chapter
Host/POC: Culpeper Minutemen Chapter VASSAR/
Location:  Culpeper Minuteman Monument, Yowell Meadow Park, Culpeper, VA.
Firing Event: Yes
Event Color Guard Commander: TBA
Details: TBA.
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December 16th-17th Wreaths Across America
Event Level: National
Host/POC:  Various
Locations:  Various
Firing Events: Yes

December 16th, 2023, Saturday (11:00 am) - Wreaths Across America, Purcellville
Event Level:  National
Host/POC:  Col. James Wood II, Sgt Maj John Champe Chapters VASSAR, and Ketoctin Chapter VADAR.
Location: (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:  Note: North Hill event may be held on December 15th.  
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 December 17th, 2023, Sunday (1:00 pm) - Wreaths Across America, Front Royal
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.
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