The SAR Magazine

Summer 2018

The SAR MAGAZINE is the official quarterly publication of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution published quarterly.

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40 SAR MAGAZINE the 13 states and read the text in the public squares. Listeners are encouraged to hiss and boo at every mention of King George III and his tyranny, and to cheer at each statement of independence and freedom. At the end of the event, after the ceremonial tolling of the Independence Bell, each person is invited to add his or her signature to a parchment copy of the Declaration. Chapter President Steve Mallory stated, "This is a uniquely American holiday. It truly is a special way to commemorate our independence." Like many SAR events, compatriots dress in 18th-century uniforms and attire and there is an array of colorful Revolutionary War flags and a flintlock musket salute. This year's experience offered a "dress-up station" where kids could don Revolutionary War clothing and hats. The Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter is one of the most active chapters of the SAR. It has been recognized for its record growth and impressive program of activities over the past five years. MARYLAND SOCIETY Westminster Chapter The Westminster Chapter presented the SAR Silver Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Medal during ceremonies at McDaniel College, Westminster, Maryland on April 24. Charlie Hedges, below left, Westminster Chapter board of managers member and chairman of the ROTC/JROTC program, presented the award to Cadet Riley O'Hara, a freshman from Fairfax, Virginia. The presentation was made during the Green Terror Battalion Army ROTC President's Review at the McDaniel College, Baker Memorial Chapel Westminster, Maryland. MISSOURI SOCIETY The Missouri Society held its 128th Annual Convention on April 27-28 at the Embassy Suites in St. Charles, Missouri. It was hosted by the Fernando de Leyba Chapter of St. Charles, Missouri. In attendance were President General Larry T. Guzy and Vice President General, South Central District Robert N. Capps Jr. The Lewis and Clark Fife and Drum Corps of St. Charles, Missouri marched in with the Missouri Society Color Guard at the opening ceremonies and performed several numbers. The Annual Convention was well-attended, including the pre-convention educational seminars. A silent auction raised over $2,500 for the Missouri State Society Children of the American Revolution. A Youth Awards Program luncheon was held, presenting awards to winning students and educators in all but one of the SAR Youth Award programs. It was noted that the Missouri Society Arthur M. and Berdena King Eagle Scout Award awardee, James M. Donovan, is the national awardee. Eagle Scout Donovan was sponsored by the Christopher Casey Chapter of Jefferson City, Missouri. An awards and installation banquet was held that honored women who support the SAR and also honored members for their service to the Missouri Society and the SAR. Newly elected officers for 2018-2019 were sworn in by President General Guzy. Interesting programs were presented by Stephen L. Kling Jr., attorney and author of the book The Battle of St. Louis, the Attack on Cahokia, and the American Revolution in the West, and Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Lance Nutt, founder and president of Sheep Dog Impact Assistance. The Annual Convention was closed with a state color guard commander Change of Command ceremony. The outgoing state color guard commander is William "Bill" Groth, and the incoming state color guard commander is Doug Neff. During the Board of Directors meeting held during the Annual Convention, the board approved having a book published for the 130th anniversary of the Missouri Society to supplement the centennial book published in 1989. The Missouri Society has an interesting history. Missourians who were descendants of American Revolution soldiers formed the Missouri Society of the Sons of the American Revolution on April 23, 1889 in St. Louis, Missouri. At this meeting, Josiah Fogg, Esq. was elected its first president (1889 and 1890), and Gaius O. Paddock was elected to be the Missouri Delegate to the National Meeting in New York. The meeting to form the new national organization was held on April 30, 1889 in New York City at Fraunce's Tavern. The Missouri Society was represented by Gaius O. Paddock, ancestor of our recently deceased Missouri Society compatriot, Milan A. Paddock. The National Society was formed with 18 state societies, including the Missouri Society. Missouri Governor David R. Francis was elected as one of its Vice President Generals, and Gaius O. Paddock was elected Treasurer General. Missouri was well represented in the National Society from the very beginning. Francis became the president of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition Company, which was informally known as the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. The NSSAR held its National Congress at the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904. PPP Plaque Dedication at the National Churchill Museum in Fulton, Missouri If it were not for Westminster College President Franc L. McCluer (known as "Bullet"), there may not have been an "Iron Curtain Speech" by Sir Winston Churchill. We have him to thank for inviting Churchill to visit Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri.

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