The SAR Magazine

Winter 2018

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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12 SAR MAGAZINE By John A. Schatzel Throughout the Constitutional Convention, George Washington presided from a chair carved with the sun half visible over the horizon. At the closing of the convention, Benjamin Franklin commented that he had often looked at the image "without being able to tell whether it was rising or setting: But now at length I have the happiness to know that it is a rising and not a setting sun." If the Founding Fathers visited us, rather than ponder the ascent of a celestial body, they could ask each Son of the American Revolution, along with his chapter, state and national society: A s a Compatriot in the chapter that instituted the Rising SON Challenge (which requires compatriots to Support a PG initiative; Offer assistance to a chapter, state or national committee; and Net one new member) I offer some thoughts, including a dozen bold initiatives, on how each of us can become a rising son. Inclusion. The great seal of the United States bears the inscription E Pluribus Unum to remind us that 13 diverse states and countless dedicated Patriots united as one. Today, the chapter seeks ways to unite the entire community as members, friends and partners in patriotism. Include youth members in all activities. Our active junior members are recognized as Lamplighters who light the path for others, and all junior members are asked to lead our efforts during the decoration of graves for Memorial Day and Wreaths Across America. Every SAR and DAR member is a recruiter whose family and friends are potential members. Use the Martha Washington and other SAR medals to recognize DAR referrals. The chapter gives a Liberty Tree Note to each guest speaker and prospective member, redeemable for research by the chapter genealogists. The note is the size of a dollar bill, with a Liberty Tree in the middle to signify both liberty and our assistance to find family roots. The chapter recognizes as Friends those who have no Revolutionary ancestry, have made significant contributions to the chapter, and have researched and memorialized a Patriot without Progeny who becomes that friend's adopted Patriot. The chapter partnered with many organizations, including the DAR, museums, Sojourners and veterans organizations. It also partnered with Gold Star Families, the National Cemetery and the local high school to initiate Defenders of Freedom. In the latter program, junior members collect grave-marking flags, affix a label stating that a named veteran and Old Glory defend your freedom, and present them to schools for display in every classroom—beginning with our veterans, flag chairman and a Gold Star Mother presenting an American flag to her son's JROTC battalion as part of their centennial celebration. Share responsibilities and credit. Every new compatriot should have the opportunity to serve, should have several options as to how to serve, and should be recognized for his accomplishments. For example, the Committee of Correspondence assists the secretary by reminding compatriots of upcoming events, while the Veterans Committee works with local veterans, submits Veteran Corps applications and oversees the Defenders of Freedom program. Branding. Use symbols, locations and events to identify your chapter. We use the Rising SON and recognize with a lapel pin those compatriots who meet the three-fold challenge. Likewise, you can rally around an event, historic site or person for whom your chapter is named, just as the Patriots rallied around the liberty pole or liberty tree in their community. Establish Traditions. Each chapter should establish its own traditions. Chapters could conduct annual events such as VA hospital visits, parades and grade school history presentations. In many cases they can do so with their Partners in Patriotism. Our chapter created five traditions: First, each new compatriot is inducted by Lighting a Lantern, which is symbolic of the lanterns our ancestors used to alert Paul Revere, to illuminate the liberty tree, and to brighten the drumhead upon which Thomas Paine wrote of the "times which try men's souls." After receiving his certificate and rosette, each compatriot adds his Patriot's name and service to the Muster Rolls. Second, since many Revolutionary War Patriots died without descendants, the Patriots Without Progeny program encourages members, friends and guests to research such Patriots and to subsequently provide the chapter a biography of the Patriot while lighting a memorial lantern and adding the Patriot to the Muster Rolls. Third, each compatriot, friend, DAR member and prospective member with submitted application answers for his or her Patriot during the Annual Muster of Patriots, after which the state contingent from which the greatest number of Patriots is represented displays its streamer on the chapter flag. Fourth, is the Community Recognition each fall when the 18 SAR MAGAZINE Are You a Rising or Setting Son? Behind the Rising SON banner, four Compatriot Lamplighters light lanterns honoring four Patriots without Progeny killed at Lexington on April 19, 1775.

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