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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WINTER 2018-19 33 Michigan C.A.R. President Jasmyn Johnston also attended the Michigan Society Fall Board of Man- agers meeting. President Johnston presented information about her project, which is aimed at helping homeless veterans. She worked with the American Legion on the project and obtained permission to use part of the American Legion logo on her fundraising pin. PG Alter purchased a pin and challenged all SAR members present to purchase a pin to support her project. MONTANA SOCIETY Three years ago, we were down to 65 members and were dying on the vine! We started a new chapter in Missoula, using a WWII war hero as one of our charter members. That gave us press coverage and a big boost. A couple of us formed a color guard and got additional coverage. Now, the Missoula Chapter is up to 30 members and is very active. We are starting to get into some schools and to host programs at local retirement homes, which have proved to be popular. We have since formed two new chapters and are now within reach of 100 members statewide. Our state registrar is having a difficult time keeping up with new applications. Local media doesn't seem to care about publishing stories, but when we show up for a program in uniform, they almost always cover it. Also, don't forget DAR. They invite our color guard to many of their functions. Our current state regent got so excited, she undertook to form a new SAR chapter in Helena, our state capital. It is now chartered and going strong. MISSISSIPPI SOCIETY Jacob Horger Chapter On Oct. 27, 2018, the Jacob Horger Chapter of the Mississippi Society held its regular meeting. Rev. Rodney Duke, an American Patriot, was the guest speaker. Rev. Duke was a young sailor stationed aboard the USS Pueblo, which was captured by the North Koreans in January 1968 and held captive for 11 months. Rev. Duke's presentation was extremely interesting as he detailed his experiences as a prisoner in North Korea. His devotion and dedication to our nation were evident. NORTH CAROLINA SOCIETY The NCSSAR Combined Color Guard and the NC Sons of the Revolution Color Guard joined forces to lead the Roanoke Rapids Christmas Parade for the 10th consecutive year. SAR compatriots representing the Alamance Battleground, Col. Alexander Lillington, Gen. George Washington, Halifax Resolves, Old North State and New Bern chapters, along with the SR, faithfully represented our Patriot ancestors during this 1.5-mile march. Blue Ridge Chapter Western North Carolina's rich historic heritage was remembered Oct. 13, 2018, when the gravesites of two American Revolution Patriots were marked and commemorated by members of the Blue Ridge Chapter and other interested citizens. The ceremony took place in the Davidson River Cemetery in Transylvania County at the burial sites of Benjamin Davidson and Thomas Patton. The chain of events that began in October 1780 at King's Mountain and the Cowpens in January 1781 was the beginning of the end for the British forces of General Lord Charles Cornwallis. These Patriot victories, followed by heavy losses at Guilford Courthouse in North Carolina during March 1781, led to the loss of Cornwallis' entire army at Yorktown, Va., during the fall of 1781. Davidson and Patton were among the cast of the Patriot forces known as the "Over Mountain Men," renowned for their horsemanship and sharp-shooting in critical situations. Taking part in the ceremony were members of the Blue Ridge Chapter, Davidson descendant Dianne Roth, members of the Transylvania County Color Guard and former U.S. Rep. Charles Taylor. Halifax Resolves Chapter Joshua Sweet of BSA Troop 411 was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout during a Veterans Day Court of Honor. Halifax Resolves Chapter NCSAR past President Ken Wilson was on hand to award Sweet with the SAR Eagle Scout Certificate of Recognition. The certificate was presented to Sweet, who has earned more than 40 merit badges "for outstanding achievement and exceptional leadership and citizenship evidenced by his attainment of the rank of Eagle Scout."

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