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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XX SAR MAGAZINE 1974, Sheehan found himself in Marseilles, France as an officer in the U.S. Marines. He was on assignment from the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, as a NATO liaison Officer. Sheehan sensed the great pride of his Third Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment forebears for their heroic deeds at Belleau Wood in 1918, for which the unit was awarded the French Fourragere. Strategically, the Marines prevented the Germans, who were within 40 miles of Paris, from taking their objective. The success of the Marines at Belleau Wood may be of equal importance to the French as the win at Yorktown was to the Americans. In Paris, Sheehan found the Picpus Cemetery, where Lafayette is buried. It was with considerable satisfaction that Sheehan, in returning his unit's French Fourragere to France, paid his respects to Lafayette. George Washington Chapter For more than 50 years, the George Washington Chapter has organized an Independence Day Commemoration at George Washington's Mount Vernon. The parade up the bowling green was led by the talented Frederick Town Fife and Drum Corps and the Virginia SAR Color Guard. Chapter Vice President David Thomas served as master of ceremonies, Chapter President Ernest Coggins delivered an address, and Virginia SAR Orations Contest winner Gabby Luchetti from Bishop O'Connell High School delivered her speech. The event concluded with a wreath-laying ceremony at Washington's tomb by 1st Virginia SAR Vice President Peter Davenport and past Chapter President Paul Walden. Members of the SAR, DAR and public were invited to lay carnations at the tomb's entrance. More than 40 members from George Mason, Fairfax Resolves, Culpeper Minutemen, Norfolk, Richmond, Dan River and William Grayson chapters also participated. Afterward, Thomas participated in the naturalization ceremony for 101 new citizens by leading the Pledge of Allegiance. WASHINGTON SOCIETY Spokane Chapter The Flag Museum was established 10 years ago by Compatriots Chet Caskey and Stan Wills as a way to educate the community about the history of the American flag. It has grown through donations and grants from the community and the hard work of members of Spokane Chapter. About 25 flag programs a year are performed for community organizations and schools. The museum also retires about 500 flags a year using wood from Mt. Vernon and Arlington Cemetery and provides free flags to schools and organizations that request them. The museum has state flags from all 50 states, all 27 flags that changed with the addition of states since 1783 and the 30 different flags from 1492 until 1783. Other significant flags include the Lewis and Clark, Fremont, War of 1812, Texas Independence (four), Civil War (10), World War I (10), World War II, Korean, Vietnam, Iraq Freedom and Desert Storm flags. There are 911 Memorial flags and Women of the Revolutionary War posters, a canonball from the War of 1812, and an assortment of other posters and pictures from the Revolutionary War. Also on display is a U.S. flag that flew 24 hours a day over the Spokane Court House during the 444 days U.S. citizens were held hostage in Iran beginning in November 1979. The Flag Museum is located at 1402 South Pines Rd. John Paul Jones Chapter The John Paul Jones Chapter brought the SAR to the Fourth Annual Northwest Colonial Festival held at the George Washington Inn in Port Angeles, Wash., in September. Education presenters Fred Gilbert (Continental Army soldier), Bob Smalser (frontier rifleman), Art Dolan ("History of the American Flag") and Doug Nelson ("A Day in Colonial Life") each gave daily presentations during the four-day festival. Compatriot Mick Hersey was the town crier drawing the public to the presentations. Twelve Washington Compatriots manned a display and recruitment booth of Revolutionary War and Colonial artifacts, including period muskets, rifles, pistols, household and farm items, and much more. The booth had a constant flow of people asking questions as 1775 came alive to many. Elsewhere at the festival, the re-enactor group 2nd Connecticut Regiment of Militia demonstrated the Lexington Skirmish and the Battle for Concord Bridge, and one of the biggest draws was the authentic camp housing the re-enactors. 36 SAR MAGAZINE Wreath laying at General Washington's tomb by past George Washington Chapter President Paul Walden, left, and First VASSAR Vice President Peter Davenport Compatriot Stan Wills stands surrounded by a few of the flags on display at the Spokane Flag Museum, managed and supported by the Spokane Chapter.

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