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Fall 2018

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30 SAR MAGAZINE Minneapolis Chapter Minneapolis SAR President Aaron Hale Printup presented a flag certificate to Orono student Charlie Kieley of Charlie's Custom Flags. Kieley makes American flag art out of recycled wood and pallets, and he donates 20 percent of all profits to the Wounded Warrior Project. Since then, he has been asked to donate a flag for the Folds of Honor annual golf charity. He also donated 20 percent of his profits to Min- nesota veterans families and other great orga- nizations. It was an honor to present this Certificate of Commenda- tion—and on Independence Day—to Kieley. "In recognition of exemplary patriotism in the display of the Flag of the Unit- ed States of America" You can check him out on Facebook: Charliescustom- flags Kieley MISSOURI SOCIETY Ozark Mountain Chapter The Ozark Mountain Chapter always has a memorial service at the Springfield National Cemetery. at the grave of a Revolutionary Patriot buried there and also include a ceremony at the Pearl Harbor Memorial, sometimes including other sites in the cemetery. We usually involve SAR, DAR, Scouts, Navy Units, etc. When our color guard gathers for an event, we make the most of the day by conducting multiple ceremonies and recognitions. The National Cemetery has a three-hour long event in which we do not participate. This event usually falls on our meeting day, and we don't want to give up a meeting. Everyone has their own way of working in the community, and ours may be a little unorthodox. Our color guard would rather perform 10 30-minute events than one that goes on for hours. We also are the lead organization at each of our activities, no matter who else is involved. We conducted more than 80 color guard events last year, because we carefully plan, execute and have brief and meaningful events. MONTANA SOCIETY Liberty Tree Chapter On July 4, the Liberty Tree Chapter established an encampment at Fort Missoula, where several replica Colonial items and weapons were available for public viewing. The Declaration of Independence was read twice during the event. Warren Little was inducted into the SAR as a climax to the Fourth of July celebration. NEW JERSEY SOCIETY Members of the Sons of the American Revolution have fought hard alongside the Civil War Trust for the preservation of Princeton Battlefield and have won a glorious victory. This recent battle, so to speak, has resulted in preserving forever Maxwell's Field, 14-plus acres in Princeton, N.J., where Gen. George Washington rode to within 90 feet of the British line, rallied his troops and eventually won the Battle of Princeton. Originally owned by the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton and slated for dorms and housing, the battlefield is now preserved thanks to the efforts of the Civil War Trust and their partners in the effort, including the NJSSAR. The Civil War Trust raised $3 million, and the NJSSAR and other partners raised an additional $1.5 million to secure the necessary funds for this monumental transaction. NJSSAR President Rob Meyer has been a major part of the New Jersey effort and found support on a national level. At the Mid Atlantic Conference in 2017, he helped raise $17,000 from other compatriots attending. Says President Meyer, "New Jersey feels strongly about preserving battlefields, not just in our own backyard but around the country." Compatriots Billy Locke and Clark McCullough were presented the Color Guard Medal and Certificate during the Sept. 14 dinner meeting in Keyport, N.J. PPP Compatriot Will Tisch's search to find the gravesite of Patriot Aaron Mattison began in 2001, just before 9/11. Tisch believed his great-grand father died in Princeton, N.J. He suspected he was buried in Princeton Cemetery but had no evidence. The original records were lost to time, burned, and only maps dated near the beginning of the 20th century existed. With the help of Google Books, Tisch located a book, History of Princeton, written in 1896, that describes a walk through Old Princeton Cemetery and mentions prominent names. Voilà! There was Aaron Mattison's name. Yet, there were several stumbling blocks. One was that his headstone was gone, perhaps now in someone's garage, as a Patriot's headstone from Connecticut recently discovered. Secondly, in the book, his death date was recorded as 1762. Puzzling, since he died in 1800. However, this was the death date of Aaron Sr., who is well-documented to be buried in the Old Tennent Church in Freehold, N.J. Also puzzling was that the path described in the book did not line up with the path and graves of today and is located in front of Paul Tulane's monument. "The truth all hit me in the middle of the night like a hammer on a bell," Tisch said. "The reason that his death date was noted as 1762 was that either the author researched the date because it was no longer readable on his headstone or … his grave was cloaked from the British, who were known to desecrate the Patriots' graves. I know this because an example is Rev. William Tennent, [who] was buried in the middle of the night in 1777 in the center aisle of the Old Tennent Church to protect his grave."

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