The SAR Magazine

Fall 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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24 SAR MAGAZINE ARIZONA SOCIETY The Prescott Chapter has participated in the Chino Valley Territorial Capital Days Parade for many years. This Sept. 1, members from other chapters joined Prescott as well as a Scout and young Marine to carry its banner. Color guard members were: Steve Miller, Phoenix; and Bill Smith, Wayne Hood, Steve Monez and Drummer Ed Lipphardt, all from the Prescott Chapter. Chino Valley is 14 miles north of Prescott. The Arizona Color Guard marched in the Payson, Arizona, Parade on Aug. 18. Payson is a town with an 18-member chapter, which asked for state support in marching in the Rodeo Parade. Compatriots came from Phoenix and Prescott to build community awareness and led the parade tying for first place in the color guard category. Tucson Chapter One of the Tucson Chapter's newest members is Zakaria Lamri. He started as a junior member several years ago when he was in high school at the (St.) Gregory Academy in Tucson. Despite his young age, he is already accomplished: His team won the Arizona State Championship and World Championship in robotics when he was in junior high and he has played the violin at Carnegie Hall. At the Academy, he co-founded a club to promote understanding among Christians, Muslims and Jews. He is in his sophomore year at the University of Southern California, majoring in neuroscience and working to minor in violin, having finished a sabbatical in Italy for his first semester. He joined the SAR because he had the good luck of having Dr. Rudy Byrd as his primary physician, who enticed him in by capitalizing on his love of history and by teaching him how to shoot a musket. His background is fascinating: his father, Said Lamri, is from Morocco, and his mother, Julieanne, is half-Bolivian aristocracy and half diehard upstate New Yorker. Further back, his mother's family were from Ithaca and Long Island, and Zakaria's Revolutionary War Patriot ran a chain across the Hudson River to prevent British warships from going upstream during the Revolutionary War. Zakaria has proven to be one of our best presenters in Revolutionary War education presentations and activities, and his devotion to the SAR is such that he has participated in our Fourth of July parades even during Ramadan, when he is fasting between sunrise and sunset (not easy to do in July in Arizona). In addition, both of his parents have joined us in the parades on the Fourth of July and Veterans Day. As he is currently at USC, we reluctantly will have to share him with California, but Dr. Byrd is already working on his father's application: The first country to formally recognize the United States was, surprisingly, Morocco (Dec. 20, 1777), and Said Lamri may well be a descendant of King Mohammed III, who recognized and supported the Patriots during the Revolution by defending our merchant vessels. CALIFORNIA SOCIETY San Diego Chapter The San Diego Chapter Color Guard took home the red ribbon from the Fourth of July Parade in Coronado, Calif. CONNECTICUT SOCIETY General David Humphreys Chapter Gen. David Humphreys Branch participated in the 67th annual Fourth of July Ceremony at Grove Street Cemetery in New Haven, Conn. Every year, we honor Roger Sherman, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and Gen. David Humphreys, aide-de-camp to George Washington. This year, we added two more Patriots to the list. The first, Simeon Baldwin, was one of 75 students from Yale University who volunteered to fight at the Battle of New Haven on July 5, 1779. Simeon also News stories about state and chapter events appearing here and elsewhere in the magazine are prepared from materials submitted through a variety of means, including press releases and newsletters (which should be directed to the Editor at the address shown on page 2). Please note the deadlines below. Compatriots are encouraged to submit ideas for historical feature articles they would like to write. Each will be given careful consideration. Deadlines: Winter (February) Dec. 15; Spring (May) March 15; Summer (August) June 15; Fall (November) Sept. 15. Zakaria Lamri

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