The SAR Magazine

Spring 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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22 SAR MAGAZINE ALABAMA SOCIETY Tennessee Valley Chapter Sparkman (Alabama) High School senior Jonathan Anthony Gubert, son of Clara and Compatriot Michael Gubert, received an appointment to attend West Point Military Academy this fall. He is an SAR junior member, an honor student, a member of the National Honor Society, a varsity member of SHS' cross country team, and an Eagle Scout. He is the executive officer with rank of major for SHS' JROTC Army Battalion and commander of the JROTC Drill Team. He received nominations to West Point from Rep. Mo Brooks for the 5th District, U.S. Senator Richard Shelby and the Army JROTC. ARKANSAS SOCIETY DeSoto Trace Chapter On March 23, Hot Springs Village resident and DeSoto Trace Chapter Compatriot Col. David Dorrough, USA (Ret.), was selected to lead the Arkansas Society SAR for the next two years. The Arkansas Society was chartered on Feb. 13, 1890. Pictured congratulating President Dorrough are out-going President Les Magee and Compatriot EuGene Smith. (Photo by Rick Martin) ARIZONA SOCIETY Thousands of spectators traveled from all over Arizona to see the Parada del Sol Parade. The Arizona Society Color Guard joined the AZ DAR and C.A.R. in this spectacular parade. "I always felt Prescott had the best Fourth of July parade, and then Flagstaff had a great Armed Forces Day parade. This parade was fantastic," said Steve Monez, AZ Color Guard commander. "We were introduced at 11 reviewing stands." We, the Sons of the American Revolution, have traced our ancestors back to the founding of our country. These founders sacrificed so much to achieve the independence of the American people. The objects of our society are declared to be patriotic, historical and educational. We dress in Colonial, Navy, and militia uniforms. We carry our American flag, and other flags used during that time. We visit schools, sharing with children the story of our country's beginning. We support veterans by visiting VA hospitals and sharing programs designed to help them take their minds off their issues. This was the first parade that took the time to read 100- word introductions at 11 reviewing stands. The great crowds on the parade route now know who and what the SAR is and what the SAR stands for. It was great having the DAR and the C.A.R.'s narrative read as well. PPP With Presidents Day, are we forgetting George Washington's birthday? He was born on Feb. 11, 1732. In 1752, when the calendar was changed from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar, the date changed to Feb. 22. Steve Monez, a Prescott Chapter member, will not let you forget Washington's birthday and presented our first president's life, as Washington, to the veterans at the Veterans Hospital in Prescott, Ariz. Though the group was small at Community Living Center—mostly wheelchair-bound veterans and a few from the Domiciliary—those in attendance were appreciative. Monez presents Washington's life to any group, young or old, who would like to hear how our founding father was born, lived and died. The 30-minute presentations briefly describe Washington's childhood, his time as a young man, and his Revolutionary leadership. It only leaves a small amount of time for his presidency and death. Monez's son, Mark, is a member of SAR. His grandson, Nicholas, also attended, and now Nick would like to be a compatriot, too. If you have questions or would like a presentation, contact Monez by email, smonez1@gmail.com, or cell, (626) 298-2220. Prescott Chapter The Prescott Chapter marched in the St. Patrick's Day parade on March 9. The request to take part came from Prescott Chapter member Eugene McCarthy, a new and enthusiastic member of the chapter. This was the first time we participated. Several people wanted to know what the SAR is and how one might become a member. They had all heard of the DAR but not the SAR. Stephen J. Miller from the Phoenix Chapter and DAR member Celeste Cates of Sedona joined us. The NAU Students carrying our banner were each given an Arizona challenge coin. The Arizona Society took part in more than 30 events last year. News stories about state and chapter events appearing here and elsewhere in the magazine are prepared from materials submitted through a variety of means, including press releases and newsletters (which should be directed to the Editor at the address shown on page 2). Please note the deadlines below. Compatriots are encouraged to submit ideas for historical feature articles they would like to write. Each will be given careful consideration. Deadlines: Winter (February) Dec. 15; Spring (May) March 15; Summer (August) June 15; Fall (November) Sept. 15.

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