Chief Justice John Marshall Grave Marking - Virginia SAR Presidential Initiative Event - June 23

Chief Justice John Marshall Grave Marking -
Virginia SAR Presidential Initiative Event - June 23

Compatriots and friends,


You are cordially invited to join the Virginia SAR in the grave marking ceremony of

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall.


As announced at the Virginia SAR annual meeting, this is one of President Greaf's 2024 state-level events commemorating our nation's foundational components remembered in the SAR Recessional. This event honors the man who was perhaps the most influential in giving us our independent Supreme Court.


Chief Justice John Marshall is, to this day, known for asserting the power of the Supreme Court and holding the Executive and Legislative branches accountable to the U.S. Constitution. Marshall also served as U.S. Secretary of State, a U.S. Congressman and as a soldier in the Revolution. He is buried at Richmond's Shockoe Hill Cemetery.

Event details:

  • • Sunday, June 23, at 2 p.m.

  • • Shockoe Hill Cemetery:

320 Hospital Rd.

Richmond, VA 23219


Please follow this link to see full event details. Use the registration link at the bottom of the page to indicate if you’ll be participating in the wreath- laying ceremony and/or in the color guard for this rain or shine event. In either case, please register no later than Sunday, June 16, to be included in the event program.




From today's CJWII Chapter event for George Washington's Birthday at the George Washington, Headquarters in Winchester, VA.  Nice turn out from VASSAR Chapter Color Guards and local DAR Chapter.



Steven Faught, who was presented the Fort Harrison Chapter Citizen of the Year in December was named the Virginia Society Citizen of the Year at its annual meeting in Richmond on February 10th.

As the owner of two Automotive Service Centers, Steven has balanced a successful business and community involvement and continually looks for opportunities to serve his employees and the community. Being named the 2022 Harrisonburg Rockingham Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the year shows the innovation, purpose and vision it takes to compete in a competitive market. Steven also received the 2022 DAR Community Service Award, the 2023 Rockingham Union #27 Community Builders award, and the 2023 Corporate Philanthropist Award from the Shenandoah Chapter of Fundraising Professionals. These recognitions illustrates his spirit of giving back.

His support for cancer research, survivors, and fundraising are extraordinary. He gives two annual scholarships to local high school students, one for automotive studies and one for a student in a family dealing with cancer. As a supporter of the American Cancer Society, events such as Relay for Life, Run Row and Rep for Breast Cancer, Be an Angel for Breast Cancer and Real Men Wear Pink are everyday activities for Steven. This year is the 7th Annual Free Oil Change Day for cancer survivors where all materials and labor are free of charge.

Since 2017 donations of socks collected at his business has sent 12,000 pairs to the Sentara RMH Pediatric units to be worn by children receiving care.

Recently Steven, his wife, Robyn and his team started hosting a Veterans Appreciation Breakfast as well as a First Responders Breakfast where participants receive a complimentary breakfast as a way of thanking them for their service.

Shenandoah Automotive offers an annual tutorial class for new drivers where safety is the main emphasis. New drivers learn defensive driving and understanding the basic car functions.

In his spare time Steven participates in public safety events such as the Harrisonburg Police Ride Along program as well as serving as a volunteer with the Rockingham-Augusta Search & Rescue.

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3rd. February wreath laying ceremony honoring 24 African American New Kent County Revolutionary War patriots. It was hosted by the African American Heritage Society of New Kent County at the historic New Kent County courthouse. 


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Three Willard Middle School students were surprised on Tuesday, January 30 when they were called out of class to meet the school principal, several teachers, and a man dressed in Revolutionary War era clothing. The occasion was to recognize and reward students for their tri-fold brochures submitted for the SAR Brochure Contest. Kayla Nguyen's brochure was judged best of 557 brochures submitted for the contest. Harshini Amaranth's brochure was judged as the second-best brochure and Julia Gross' brochure was judged as the third-best brochure.  Each student was awarded a check and Certificate of Accomplishment. Barry Schwoerer, president of the Sgt Maj John Champe Chapter, Virginia SAR made the presentations.

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On January 31st, 2024, the General William Campbell chapter SAR had the honor of attending the New River Valley chapter meeting. Present from the New River Valley chapter SAR was Terry Blevins the chapter president who opened the meeting at the Adam Hance House. Also present were one of their compatriots and his wife, as well as a prospective member, Andrew Parr. Members in attendance from the General William Campbell chapter SAR were John Britton and Kevin Combs.

Once the meeting started, we had a program presentation on the Revolutionary War soldiers in the Pulaski area. This program was presented by April Martin. She was not only the director of the Wilderness Board Regional Museum but also a member of the Alleghany chapter of the Daughters of American Revolution and president of the 250th anniversary community for that chapter.

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Representatives of the Richard Henry Lee Chapter (RHLC), Virginia Society, Sons of the American Revolution (Virginia SAR) and local chapters of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) and National Society of United States Daughters of 1812 (NSUSD1812) attended the Virginia SAR’s 134th Annual Conference at the Omni Richmond Hotel in Richmond, VA over the weekend of February 9th.  Local representatives included RHLC President Michael Rhodes, NSDAR Augustine Warner Chapter Regent Alison Johnston, and The State Librarian, Virginia DAR Dr. Cheryl Davis.

Twenty-two of Virginia SAR’s thirty chapters were represented at the conference.  In addition to Virginia SAR, NSDAR, and NSUSD1812 attendees, there were also representatives from the National Society Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R.), spouses, and other guests.

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On 13 January 2024, Colonel James Wood II Chapter conducted a commemoration ceremony commemorate the  Battle of Cowpens.  The battle was fought 17 January 1781 at a field in South Carolina known as the Cowpens.  General Daniel Morgan led the colonial forces against Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton and his elite regiment of the British Army.  Morgan and Tarleton came from different backgrounds.  Morgan lived his life as a frontiersman, preferring the homespun clothes of the militia rather than an officer’s uniform.  He commanded respect and understood his men.  Tarleton, was raised in relative affluence in Liverpool, England, where his father was mayor.  He attended oxford University and was known for his athletic ability.  He wasted his inheritance and eventually purchased a commission in the British Army.  Morgan knew Tarleton was an aggressive, ruthless foe and the night before the battle, he moved among his men speaking to groups and individuals.  A true leader, he knew how to fight and motivate his men.  The result of the battle was devastating to Tarleton's force, resulting in 100 killed, 229 wounded, 600 captured.  This victory marked the beginning of the end of the British plan to conquer the South.   The ceremony was emcee'd by Marc Robinson with compatriots from the Colonel James Wood II, Colonel William Grayson, George Mason, Sgt Maj John Champe Virginia SAR Chapters; Sgt Lawrence Everhart Chapter, Maryland SAR; Fort Loudoun and Ketoctin Virginia DAR; Lawrence Augustus Washington;  and Providence Children of the American Revolution Societies and the Order of Founders and Patriots of America.   Virginia Society 1st Vice President William Greaf and Virginia DAR/SAR Liaison Kecia Brown presented greetings.  After a presentation of the colors, Robinson provided a presentation on the battle and wreaths were presented by the organizations.  The wreath presenters included from the SAR, William Greaf, VASSAR; Thomas "Chip" Daniel, Col James Wood II; Ken Morris, George Mason; William Schetke, Culpeper Minutemen, Jim Cordes, Fairfax Resolves; Michael Wilson, Col William Grayson, Ken Bonner, Sgt Maj John Champe and Gerald Harris, Sgt Lawrence Everhart.    From the DAR, Kecia Brown, Virginia DAR/SAR Liaison; Vice Regent Elizabeth Greaf, Regent Susan Lauer, Fort Loudoun; Regent Stacey Bassett, Ketoctin; Jodell Wilson, Providence.  From the C.A.R. William Collins, Lawrence Augustus Washington and Jocelynn Wilson, Providence Society.  They were followed by Doug Hall, Order of the Founders and Patriots of America.  A musket squad led by Commander Brett Osborn and Vice Commander Ken Bonner comprised of 11 compatriots fired a three round salute in honor of Daniel Morgan and his decisive victory over the British at the Battle of the Cowpens.   Additional ompatriots who participated included Brian Bayliss, Sean Carrigan, Paul Christensen, Rick Collins, Jim Cordes, Dale Corey, Dennis Parmerter, Tom Reed, Will Reynolds, Richard Tyler, Mike Weyler and Ryan Williams. 

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The Richard Henry Lee Chapter (RHLC) of the Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) met on December 12th at Historic Christ Church in Weems.  Seventeen members and guests attended the event, including Virginia Society SAR President Ernie Coggins.

Following lunch, RHLC President Michael Rhodes reported on general chapter events of the past year. Chapter Secretary Stuart Kramer then conducted the election of chapter officers to serve in 2024.  Those elected were Michael Rhodes as President, Rev. Dennis Martin as First Vice President, Dirk Metzger as Second Vice President, Richard Manson as Third Vice President, Stuart Kramer as Secretary, and Dr. Todd Dabney as Treasurer.  Virginia Society SAR President Ernie Coggins then performed the induction ceremony for the newly elected officers.

The next schedule meeting of the Richard Henry Lee Chapter will be held on March 12, 2024 at Historic Christ Church in Weems, Virginia. The luncheon meeting is open to the public. 

The Sons of the American Revolution is a male lineage society that honors our Revolutionary War patriot ancestors by promoting patriotism, serving our communities and educating and inspiring future generations about the founding principles of our Country.  Those interested in joining the Sons of the American revolution may contact Michael Rhodes at [email protected].


From left, President Michael Rhodes, 1st VP Rev. Dennis Martin, 3rd VP Richard Manson, 2nd VP Dirk Metzger, Secretary Stuart Kramer, Treasurer Dr. Todd Dabney, Virginia Society SAR President Ernie Coggins

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On Dec. 4, 2023, Bruce Laubach, president of the Williamsburg Chapter Sons of the American Revolution presented a Certificate of Recognition and SAR Scholarship Application package to Eagle Scout Nathaniel Horton at a Court of Honor of Troop 414 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Norge, Virginia.  Harley Stewart was also present, but not pictured, representing the Williamsburg Chapter.




Ronald Miller, Michael Doucette, Tatton Mason, Ronald Adolphi, and William Dorn, receive a Certificate of Appreciation from President Bruce Laubach.

Ron Adolphi and Gary Dunaway receive Distinguished Service Certificates from President Bruce Laubach.


Compatriot's Steve Holm and Ron Adolphi receive their Life Membership certificates presented by President Bruce Laubach.


The Lydia Darragh Medal is presented to Kathy Dunaway for her service and support to the Williamsburg Chapter VASSAR by President Bruce Laubach.  This Medal is given to the lady who has provided significant service to the Chapter President during his term of office.

, the following members received the Rober Sherman Bronze Medal. John Lynch II Vice president, Steve Holm Seargent at Arms, Hunt Berryman Registrar, And Bruce Laubach President of the Williamsburg Chapter.  The medal is awarded in appreciation for service to the SAR. It is awarded in recognition of, and in appreciation of, outstanding services rendered to the chapter.

President Bruce Laubach presented the Roger Sherman Bronze Medal Oak leaf clusters to Eric Ely, Jim Morford Chaplin, and Roger Cross III past President.

President Bruce Laubach presents the Distinguished Service Medal to Treasurer Gary Dunaway.