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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10 SAR MAGAZINE S ocieties in the western United States are lucky if they can find a verified Patriot of the Revolutionary War buried within the borders of their states. Texas has a few dozen, Missouri and Illinois have some, and there may be a few in California who reached the West Coast by ship in the decades following the war. Because of this, western societies are unable to conduct Patriot grave markings, and if members of their societies wish to mark their Patriots' graves, they have to coordinate with the state society where they are buried, and that society gets Americanism points for the event. However, there is a way for societies who do not have Patriots buried within their borders to honor their Patriots indirectly by conducting a compatriot grave marking. The National Society has approved a compatriot grave marker, and the Kansas Society decided to honor its most distinguished son by inviting President General (2017-18) Larry Guzy, National Color Guard members and compatriots from across the country to join the family of President Dwight D. Eisenhower at the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home in Abilene on June 2, 2018, for a compatriot grave-marking ceremony. The successful event was sponsored by the Kansas SAR and hosted by the Sons of the Plains Chapter, Chapter President Justin Engleman and Dawn Hammett of the President Dwight D. Eisenhower Compatriot Grave Marking Left, President General (2017-18) Larry Guzy presided over the grave marking; below left, family members Mary Eisenhower and Merrill Eisenhower Atwater participated in the event; below, while Mary Eisenhower was speaking, an awe-inspiring beam of light appeared at the entrance of the Eisenhower chapel, where the president and his wife, Mamie, lay at rest.

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