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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of the Arizona SAR for presenting the Colors and for their positive impact on the students of the Dysart Unified School District. We hope that they will continue to be our community partners." Following the successful "Meeting the Founders" activity on Constitution Day, which highlighted the combined talents of costumed seventh-graders and our adult performers, the AZ SAR participated in the ninth annual Veterans Day program at Canyon Ridge School on Nov. 9, 2017. CALIFORNIA SOCIETY Orange County Chapter More than 40 members of the Orange County Chapter (including compatriots and members of the Ladies Auxiliary) attended the chapter's Christmas Party Dec. 9, 2017. Seated, from left, are: Kathleen Beall, Brenda Torres, Liz Ferris, Charmella Secrest, Tedi Cox, Karen McKelvie, Richard Adams, Suki Adams, Karen Richards and Annette Henry. Standing second row, from left: Un Hui Yi, Gus Fischer, Dan McMillan, Danny Cox, Thomas Noell, Gloria Noell, Lou Carlson, Hugh Richards, Diane Carlson, Lacy Dodd, Jim Blauer, Dan Henry, Elisabeth Beall and David Beall. Back row, standing, from left: Jim Fosdyck, John Ferris, Larry Hansen, Gene Secrest, Matt Noell, Paul Garcia, Hammond Salley, Thomas Laswell, Patrick Cecil, Mark Torres, Spencer Torres, Dan McKelvie, Lawrence Beall, Dan Shippey, Ted Carlson, Don Carlson, Kent Gregory and John Dodd. San Diego Chapter The San Diego Chapter and Color Guard participated in the 2017 Wreaths Across America Ceremony at Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, California. The participating members are: Color Guard Commander Ernest McCullough, Ray Raser, Philip Henshaw and Skip Cox. McCullough presented a wreath at the grave of his father, Pvt. Clarence G. McCullough, Field Artillery, U.S. Army, World War I (survivor). In all, there were more than 16,000 wreaths placed at Patriots' graves. COLORADO SOCIETY On Oct. 4-5, 2017, more than 450 students of the Cresthill Middle School in Highlands Ranch, a Denver suburb, experienced life in the Revolutionary War era. An SAR group pitched three tents next to the school, and during the two days, made 18 presentations to the students on life in the Colonial era and the American Revolutionary War. Three camps, each with a tent, were established, with each focusing on a topic: Life in Colonial Times, You're in the Army Now and Run Up to the Revolution. Groups of students visited each camp over the two days and listened to and participated in presentations made by the SAR compatriots. "This is our second year of presenting what Colonial life was like," explained Capt. Bob Easterly (U.S.N.R., Ret.), president of the Mt. Evans Chapter. Students seemed to enjoy it as much as the presenters. Two DAR members, Jewel Wellborn and Susie Weart, joined the program, explaining how women lived and worked in Life in Colonial Times presentations. "Our members are always excited to share their knowledge of the Revolutionary War and what led up to it," said Robert Hampton, Patriot Chest Chair of the Mt. Evans Chapter. "It is a box or a 'chest' that contains facsimiles of items that would have been used during Colonial life. The students can hold these items and examine them while the SAR members explain their significance." The highlight of the presentations was the loading and firing of Revolutionary War muskets, similar to those used by their ancestors. The noise and halo of smoke from the burnt gunpowder as the muskets were fired added realism to the presentations. "One of the things that the SAR does is to conduct classes or programs like these in schools across Colorado," said Steve DeBoer, former Colorado SAR president. "We believe it is important for students to understand what led to the Revolution and the principles on which our country rests. And the best part is that while the students learn, we have fun doing it!" CONNECTICUT SOCIETY Connecticut SAR President Ethan A. Stewart organized our first state grave-marking ceremony in 2016 in Milford for 46 Patriots who died from smallpox as prisoners from the Battle of Long Island in 1776. It went so well that President Stewart wanted this to be an annual event. The cemetery where Sen. William Samuel Johnson, a signer of the U.S. Constitution is buried, was suggested as a possible site for the 2017 ceremony. The Gen. David Humphreys Branch does an annual ceremony at the Grove Street Cemetery in New Haven for Roger Sherman, a WINTER 2018 25

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