The SAR Magazine

Winter 2018-2019

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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30 SAR MAGAZINE IOWA SOCIETY On Nov. 11, 2018, the Iowa Society held three separate Veterans Day ceremonies in Des Moines, Iowa. The first was held at the Iowa World War I monument, the second at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in the historic Woodland Cemetery and the third at the Gen. John J. "Black Jack" Pershing bench in Glendale Cemetery. As several events have been moved to the observed holiday of Monday, the 12th, the Iowa Society felt it was important to honor veterans on the actual 100th anniversary date of Nov. 11. The Iowa SAR was represented at the annual Pearl Harbor Day remembrance in Des Moines on Dec. 7, 2018, during which Seaman First Class Leo Greenwood's name was added to the Iowa monument. Greenwood served 77 years ago when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and was aboard the USS West Virginia when it sank. He swam below flaming water to get to shore along with a number of other survivors. KANSAS SOCIETY The quarterly Board of Governors meeting was held in the Veterans Room of the Student Union at Emporia State University, Emporia, Kans. It coincided with the kickoff of ESU's Veteran's Recognition Week. Brig. Gen. Bryan Wampler (U.S. Army, ret.) of the Monticello Chapter, an ESU alumnus, arranged for the Kansas Color Guard to participate in the opening ceremonies, and Kansas SAR President Dennis Nelson presented a Flag Certificate to ESU President Allison Garrett. Color guard members in attendance were front row, from left, Dewey Fry, Dennis Nelson, Brooks Lyles, Bobbie Hulse, John Forbes and Rev. Vernon Welkner. Back row, from left, Kirk Rush, John Schatzel and Stan Jantz. PPP Brooks Lyles, Richard Cox, Bruce Bowman and Robert Wandel attended the Veterans Day program conducted by the Olathe Chapter DAR at Cedar Lake Village, a senior living and assisted-living community in Olathe, Kan. More than 150 were in attendance. Cox and Lyles are from the Delaware Crossing Chapter, Bruce Bowman from the Monticello Chapter and Bob Wandel from the Thomas Jefferson Chapter. PPP The Kansas SAR Color Guard acted as an honor guard in conjunction with the Johnson County Sheriff's Color Guard at the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Ceremony at the Vietnam War Memorial in Antioch Park on Nov. 10, a day that featured 20-mile-per- hour wind gusts and a 17-degree temperature. In all, 417 Vietnam War veterans from Johnson County signed up to receive recognition. More than 500 people attended the hour-and-a-half program. Charles Robinson Chapter On Sept. 21, 2018, the Charles Robinson Chapter, Kansas SAR, presented a Flag Certificate to Stacey and Tony Schmitt of rural Linwood, Kans. Presenters included Compatriots Kevin Groenhagen and John G. Sayler. Stacey told us that when it came time to repaint their barn, the couple decided they wanted to show their pride in our nation's flag by painting one on their barn. Two floodlights illuminate the flag at night. Their flag has attracted much interest and many positive comments from neighbors and others who travel the road that passes in front of their property. The flag is also visible to train travelers on the tracks a short distance south of the barn.

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