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Spring 2019

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SUMMER 2018 XX SPRING 2019 35 Farris went missing. His body was later located and buried, although unidentified. On April 23, 2018, his remains were identified and made ready to be returned to Texas. At the Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial in Margraten, Netherlands, there are two Tablets (or walls) of the Missing. Farris' name has long been recorded among the 1,721 other names. Now, his name is adorned with a rosette, indicating that after nearly 75 years, he is missing no longer. On July 9, 2018, Pvt. Farris was at long last laid to rest in a marked grave. The North Texas SAR Color Guard attended the funeral at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery along with the Patriot Guard Riders , a nonpolitical organization that serves as an honor guard at military funerals. The North Texas SAR Color Guard consists of members from several SAR chapters in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and beyond. The members gather with flags and in uniform at the DFW National Cemetery and other cemeteries to take part in honoring KIAs and police officers killed in the line of duty. Those attending the funeral of Pvt. Kenneth Farris were Compatriot Tom Van Fossen, Dallas Chapter; Walt Thomas, East-Fork Trinity Chapter, Navy lieutenant, 1966-69; Robert Kittrell, Dallas; John Greer, Edmund Terrill Chapter; Jerry Pinkerton, Dallas, Air Force Reserves, 1963-69 [Jerry is a longtime member of the American World War II Orphans Network (AWON) and has served as its treasurer]; Montie Monzingo, East-Fork Trinity Chapter, AWON; Tom Whitelock, Dallas, Army first sergeant, 1965-72. William Hightower Chapter Members of the William Hightower Chapter joined to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the chapter on March 14. Our oldest and chartered member, Everett Delashmutt, 98, was not able to attend due to a previous commitment, but President Steve Polk asked Dick Robinette, our second- oldest member at 91, to say a few words about the chapter and cut the cake. The chapter formed from the San Antonio Chapter and chose Billie Hightower, who is not directly related to Patriot William Hightower, as its first president. An interesting note is that charter member Dick Robinette was the Texas SAR Color Guard Commander from 1996-98, and Stu Hoyt is the current Texas SAR Color Guard Commander, 20 years later. Other founding members present were Trey Storer, Mike Pryor, Shell Storer, Stan Trull, Terry Hardeman, President Steve Polk, Stu Hoyt, Dr. Patrick Hollis, James Shaw, Dick Robinette, Tom Jones, Joe Cox Jr., Lou Colantoni, Will Moravits, John Booth, Blair Rudy and Robert Duckworth. VIRGINIA SOCIETY The Virginia SAR, led by President Pat Kelly, celebrated the 238th anniversary of the British surrender at Yorktown on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2018. The SAR held its traditional wreath-laying ceremony at the grave of Yorktown Patriot Thomas Nelson Jr. in the Grace Episcopal Churchyard. Nelson served in the Virginia House of Burgesses, in the Continental Congress, where he signed the Declaration of Independence, and served as governor of Virginia. While governor, he became commander in chief of the Virginia Militia and led 3,000 militiamen to Yorktown to join Gen. George Washington's siege of Lord Cornwallis' Army. We were honored by the presence of President General Warren Alter and First Lady Nancy. Wreaths were presented by representatives of the Sons, Daughters (DAR), and Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R). After the ceremony, society members marched in the Yorktown Day Parade. PPP In grateful tribute to those who fought bravely at the Battle of Great Bridge on Dec. 9, 1775, the Norfolk Chapter and the Virginia Society, together with Great Bridge Chapter, DAR, and the City of Chesapeake, Va., hosted the eighth annual commemoration of the battle. This year, the audience stayed warm as we met in the Chesapeake City Hall Council Chambers. Mid-Atlantic District Vice President General Lou Raborg represented the NSSAR, and President Patrick Kelly represented the Virginia Society. Compatriot and historian Robert Hitchings gave the keynote speech, "When Time Stood Still at the Battle of Great Bridge," to considerable acclaim. Participants laid 34 wreaths in the 65th annual DAR wreath laying. Music included performances by the Oscar Smith High School Strolling Strings, violinist Charles Murla and bagpiper Liam Nunes. Norfolk VP Tom Whetstone's eight-page printed program provided the history of the battle and the significant strategic impacts of the Patriot victory. Being repulsed by the fire of Col. Woodford's 2nd Virginia Regiment, the Culpeper Minute Men, and North Carolina and Virginia militias, the defeated forces of Gov. Dunmore (elements of the regular British 14th Regiment of Foot, the Queen's Own Loyal Virginia Regiment and Dunmore's Royal Ethiopian Regiment) fled to ships off Norfolk, which was occupied and burned. Soon thereafter, all British forces were expelled from Virginia and Chesapeake Bay. Virginians were encouraged to mobilize, declare independence, and establish a constitution and a new government in early 1776. Soldiers from Virginia, including veterans of Great Bridge, joined Gen. George Washington's beleaguered army, which was shipped food, weapons, material and additional reinforcements via the Chesapeake Bay. After nearly 75 years, the body of Pvt. Kenneth Dayle Farris was returned to his native Texas. PG Alter addressed SAR, DAR and C.A.R. representatives at the wreath- laying ceremony honoring Virginia Governor and Militia Commander- in-Chief Thomas Nelson Jr.

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