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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to work for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). At the conclusion of the war, he returned to Buxton Place (listed on the National Historic Registry) and raised livestock. He married Francis Hall Reams in Warren County on April 6, 1946. They were blessed with three children: James Carlos Jr., Ernest Boyd "E.B." and Francis Ann. Harris passed away Dec. 5, 1991 in Franklin County, N.C. and is buried in the family cemetery at Buxton Place in Warren County, N.C. RRPD Captain Awarded SAR Law Enforcement Commendation Medal Past Chapter President Ken Wilson and Compatriot E.C. Bobbitt presented Roanoke Rapids Police Department Capt. Bobby Martin with the SAR Law Enforcement Commendation Medal at a recent city council meeting. "Captain Martin serves on various committees and boards to help serve not only the citizens of Roanoke Rapids, but the citizens of Halifax County. He takes the lead in reaching out to the youth in our community by inviting them to the early morning basketball games on Tuesday and Thursday at TJ Davis Recreation. "Another example on how Bobby is trying to bridge the disconnect between law enforcement of our youth [is that], two young men were caught smoking marijuana and instead of arresting them or citing them with criminal charges, he spoke with the parents of the young men and learned that they were good kids and were doing good in school. Bobby took these young men under his wing and has been providing a mentorship to them; they have helped the police department on various community events on their own time. Instead of marking their lives in a negative way he has had a positive impact with them." RRPD Officers Awarded SAR Medal for Heroism Two Roanoke Rapids police officers were recognized by Halifax Resolves Compatriot E.C. Bobbitt and Past Chapter President Ken Wilson at the June city council meeting for their actions during an incident in December 2017. "Officer Joe DeSare conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle for a violation in the 1000 block of Franklin Street and during the stop he noticed an odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Officer Matt Hunsucker arrived to back up Officer DeSare on the stop and at this time a passenger jumped from the vehicle, attempting to run away but was caught by Officer DeSare. Almost simultaneously a second subject attempted to run away, but was apprehended by Officer Hunsucker. "During Officer DeSare's foot pursuit of the first suspect, Officer Hunsucker was calling in the direction of the foot pursuit for Officer DeSare, relaying the area where DeSare was while continuing to watch the other three occupants of the vehicle. Once DeSare caught the suspect, the suspect continued to fight. During the struggle, DeSare dropped his flashlight and the suspect tried to pick it up and use it against him. The suspect also continued to reach for his pants until finally [he was] subdued by DeSare and taken into custody. During a search of the suspect a handgun was located inside the suspect's pants along with narcotics. It was learned that the suspect was out on bond on a murder charge." RRFD Deputy Recognized by SAR Deputy Chief Michael Clements was recently recognized by the Halifax Resolves SAR chapter for his 30 years of service with Roanoke Rapids Fire Department during a city council meeting. Compatriot E.C. Bobbitt and Past Chapter President Ken Wilson made the presentation. SAR Recognizes Eagle Scout Valliani Haziq Valliani of BSA Troop 144, Lewis-Deanes District, East Carolina Council, was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at a recent Court of Honor. He was awarded the SAR Eagle Scout Recognition Certificate by Halifax Resolves Chapter Past President Ken Wilson "for outstanding achievement and exceptional leadership and citizenship evidenced by his attainment of the rank of Eagle Scout." SAR Celebrates the Halifax Resolves The chapter hosted a ceremony on April 12 celebrating the adoption of the Halifax Resolves on April 12, 1776. Chapter President David B. Gammon assumed the role of master of ceremonies following the welcome given by Historic Halifax Site Manager Karl Burke. President Gammon welcomed the dignitaries that included President General Larry T. Guzy, NSSAR South Atlantic Vice President General James H. Wood, NC SAR President George K. Strunk, VASSAR 2nd VP Bill Schwetke, NCSSAR President Daniel L. Hopping, National Society C.A.R. Southeastern Region VP Mary Lee Howell, and NC C.A.R. President Megan Benedict. Tony Brown, Halifax County manager, also greeted the participants, and Halifax County Board of Commissioners Vice Chairman J. Rives Manning read a proclamation from the board in support of the event. SAR and DAR chapters from North Carolina, Virginia and South Carolina were in attendance, as were the fifth-grade students of Halifax Academy, all of whom participated in the ceremony. The Combined NC SAR Color Guard, under the command of NC SAR Color Guard Commander Ken Wilson, presented and retrieved the colors. PG Guzy was the keynote speaker presenting "Because We Remember" to the gathering. A pre-event reception in honor of the PG was held the preceding evening in Roanoke Rapids, N.C., and a post-event luncheon was held at the Halifax UMC, Halifax, N.C. SUMMER 2018 45

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