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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continual stream of visitors arrived thereafter and throughout the day. UTAH SOCIETY Each year in Provo and Orem, Utah, the Freedom Festival is held for three days, with July 4 as the centerpiece of activities and events. For the Freedom Festival, Scera Park hosts the largest "Colonial village" in Utah, and an organization called Roots of Freedom provides an original patriotic musical in the Scera Theatre, featuring Joan of Arc, Christopher Columbus, Plymouth Plantation Pilgrims and several of the founding fathers. The Utah SAR provided an informational booth at the Scera Theatre and the color guard for a naturalization ceremony. On the first day of the Freedom Festival, July 2, the ceremony hosted by Roots of Freedom was held. Fourteen immigrants were brought on stage along with officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, who presided at the event, which also featured retired military dignitaries, the mayor of Orem and those providing musical performances supporting the swearing-in program. An invocation was offered, followed by the Utah SAR Color Guard presenting the colors. With drum and fife, the color guard marched onto the stage and led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. The national anthem was sung by all, and then the color guard marched off the stage, down the aisle, to the back of the theater. Members of the Utah SAR sitting in the audience were thrilled as individuals from San Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, China, Philippines and England raised their right hands and took the oath of citizenship. After the swearing-in, some of America's newest citizens spoke to the audience explaining why they were grateful to be Americans. One of the military dignitaries complemented the Utah SAR Color Guard, saying, "I have been to many naturalization ceremonies, and the color guard service given today by the Sons of the American Revolution was the best— and most fitting—I have ever seen." The Utah SAR wishes to express its gratitude to Roots of Freedom and to all those compatriots who contributed their time and talents to the 2018 Freedom Festival. VERMONT SOCIETY On April 28, Vermont SAR President Kevin Mullen presented Cadet Ryan Hester of the University of Vermont with the SAR ROTC Medal at trader Duke's Hotel in South Burlington. Mullen also handed out the 1812 ROTC Medal to Emma Mathisen, also of the University of Vermont. President Mullen is the Vermont 1812 vice president. VIRGINIA SOCIETY Colonel James Wood II Chapter The Colonel James Wood II Chapter had great success with its second annual Patriots Pride Day on July 21. The community enjoyed the many events and ceremonies the chapter hosted. Colonel William Grayson Chapter In August, Col. William Grayson Chapter Compatriot Donald Sheehan visited France. In a small way, Sheehan wanted to make a personal tribute to Gen. Marquis de Lafayette and France for their essential role in the establishment of the United States. One of Sheehan's Revolutionary War Patriot ancestors was Michael McGuire of Frederick County, Md. McGuire formed and outfitted a militia company to support the Revolutionary War effort. Pension records place Capt. McGuire and his militia company at the battle of Brandywine alongside the future Gen. Lafayette. Subsequently, the general, along with the French fleet, were integral to the American success at Yorktown. Besides the historical connection to Lafayette and France, Sheehan had a military connection to France. In FALL 2018 35 Compatriot Thomas Kubow's flag display

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