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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SUMMER 2018 XX WINTER 2018-19 37 TEXAS SOCIETY Some came to party for three days, and others just for the parade, but all came to have a great time. Each year, Galveston, Texas, puts on the three-day party, Dickens on the Strand. Many in the crowd dressed for a parade, as there was marching. Charles Dickens would have been proud. Even a great-granddaughter came from Britain and rode in a horse-drawn carriage. The parade lasts about an hour and consists of a short walk five blocks down and back to the starting point, the old Railroad Museum. The crowd can't wait for the last unit in the parade to pass so they can flow into the streets and continue the party. For color guard members, it is a state-recognized event and well worth the trip. Maybe we'll see you at the next Dickens on the Strand. The weather generally cooperates. PPP Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Armistice ending the War to End All Wars (World War I) is especially special in Fredericksburg, Texas, since it was the home of Admiral Chester Nimitz and the museum baring his name. Organized by Tami King, veteran' service officer of Gillespie County, the parade featured 50 units of veterans representing all wars fought by the United States. The Texas Society represented veterans of the American Revolution. November 11, once known as Armistice Day, was named for the act commencing secession of hostilities. An armistice was declared at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. On the one-year anniversary, President Woodrow Wilson proposed a resolution to commemorate that day. It was not until 1926 that Congress issued that resolution, and it was 1938 before it became a legal holiday. At the conclusion of World War II, veterans wanted to be recognized on Armistice Day. Raymond Weeks, a veteran from Alabama, started a campaign, but it was not until 1954 that President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill recognizing all veterans. A month later, the bill was modified to change the name to Veterans Day. It is not a possessive term because it is a day to remember veterans, not a day of veterans. On the 11th month, the 11th day, the 11th hour of 2018, the bells of Fredericksburg, Texas, chimed in commemoration. At 2 p.m., the unit stepped off to begin the 100th anniversary parade. A unit of about 40 SAR and DAR members, representing 12 area chapters, was close behind. The sounds of the bands and marching units were intermittently interrupted by the sound of roaring engines as 14 vintage aircraft made multiple passes over the route. PPP Recently in Houston, the winners of the 2018 class of the Texas Genealogical College Hall of Fame were announced by Judge Ed Butler, TGC co-founder and chief judge. Winners included President General (2015-16) Tom Lawrence; Susan Tillman; Pamela Wright, president; Judy Ostler; and Tom B. Green III, former Texas SAR president and Sons of the Republic of Texas president. The Texas Genealogical College meets annually in October in cities around the state. This year's meeting featured a genealogical seminar. President General Butler (2009-10) and DAR PG Lynn Forney Young founded TGC in 2015. Athens Chapter On Nov. 24, 2018, the Athens Chapter and the James George Chapter of the Sons of the Republic of Texas held a joint grave-marker dedication for Patriot Benjamin W. Anderson in Glenfawn, Texas. Benjamin W. Anderson was born in January 1751 in South Carolina. Benjamin's grandfather, Abraham Anderson, accepted 200 acres on the Carolina coast from King George III. Benjamin joined the Continental Army after the Tories killed his father, Joshua Anderson. Benjamin was married in Georgia in 1784 to Polly Rebecca Cureton. They had nine children before she died in 1811 in Alabama. Benjamin then married Margaret Jane Williams, and they had 16 children. Benjamin and Margaret came to Texas from Greene County, Ala., with 33 children and grandchildren in 1834. Benjamin, the patriarch, in his mid 80s, was making his last great pilgrimage. Front row, from left: State President Tom Jackson (Robert Rankin), Gene Shaner, Jim Clements (Patrick Henry), Larry Tidwell; Second row from American Flag: Robert Mearns (Heart of Texas), Bill Whatley, Bob Jordan (Patrick Henry), Bill Adriance, John Hamlin, State Color Guard Commander Stu Hoyt (William Hightower), Bill Mayo, Pete Lenes, Steve Teel (Heart of Texas) with Texas Flag, Hugh Ferguson (with SAR Flag). All others were from the Bernado de Galvez Chapter.

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