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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speeches, saluted and then joined hands in friendship. Ceremonies opened with the entry of the Williamsburg Chapter Color Guard, preceded by Colonial Williamsburg fifers and drummer. The SAR annual flag procession of replicas of Revolutionary War flags memorialized the 158 Patriots who were casualties of the Yorktown Campaign. These Revolutionary War veterans were treated at the Governor's Palace Hospital (1781) and died of wounds or sickness. The palace had been converted into a hospital to support the Continental Army during the war. The event ended with Colonial Williamsburg fifers and drummer playing "Chester," Lt. Cmdr. Richard Stoud playing Taps and Lynn Newcomer playing bagpipes from the palace rooftop. VERMONT SOCIETY President Kevin Mullen, past President Tim Mabee, Registrar Randy Roberts and 1st Vice President-Treasurer Seth Hopkins attended the Battle of Bennington wreath-laying ceremony on Aug. 16, 2018, at the site of the battle just across the Vermont-New York line. Mullen and Mabee, left, did the wreath laying for Vermont and New York, respectively. Several other patriotic groups, including the DAR, were in attendance. On Aug. 18, 2018, Mullen attended the DAR Pilgrimage at the John Strong Mansion, below, to represent the Vermont Society. The honored guest at the pilgrimage was DAR President General Ann Turner Dillon. Mullen presented PG Dillon with gifts on behalf of the VTSSAR. WASHINGTON SOCIETY John Paul Jones Chapter Seven new compatriots were sworn in at the September 2018 meeting of the John Paul Jones Chapter. Those inducted were Ben Goss, Perry Taylor, Mike Montfort, Ken Carlson, Danny Boon, Roger Cox and Jim Stark. Chapter President Conrad Plyler conducted the installation. Each new compatriot was pinned with the SAR rosette, and each was presented with a certificate naming their Patriot. WEST VIRGINIA SOCIETY John Beckley Chapter The John Beckley Chapter, formally chartered on Jan. 27, 2018, participated in a joint observance of the Great War Centennial, marking the 100th anniversary of American participation in World War I, on Oct. 23, 2018, at the American Legion Post 32 cemetery in Beckley. Known as the Great War, WWI changed the world forever. It also gave America the Veterans Day holiday and the premier veterans' organization, the American Legion. Other ceremony participants were the Raleigh County Historical Society (organizers); Capt. James Allen Chapter, DAR; and Raleigh County Post 32, American Legion. Boy Scout Troop 75 (Sophia) decorated the grave of each Great War veteran with an American flag. Military honors were rendered by the color guard of American Legion Post 32. A float created by chapter Historian-Treasurer Gerry Godfrey won first place in the City of Beckley's annual Veterans Day parade competition on Nov. 12. The float was a joint project of the Raleigh County Historical Society and the John Beckley Chapter. The chapter held its first annual awards banquet at the Beckley Dream Center (Fishes and Loaves) on Nov. 13. Chapter President Paul Chapman conferred many awards, including medals for heroism, fire safety and good citizenship. William "Bill" Lester and Calvin Hannah were given certificates of commendation for their efforts to recruit and document new members for the chapter. Merle Cole and Russell Compton were given certificates of appreciation for gifts to the new chapter. WINTER 2018-19 39 Chapter President Paul Chapman delivers remarks at the joint observance of the Great War Centennial on Oct. 23, 2018. Seated, left, is Dr. Tom Lemke, master of ceremonies; and right, Ellis Vest, commander of the Raleigh County Post No. 32 of the American Legion.

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