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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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WINTER 2018 31 installation of new members and issued a few recognition certificates. Deering is a descendant of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, one of Maryland's signers of the Declaration of Independence. James S. Shaefer of the Homewood Museum on campus provided the attendees with a brief presentation on Charles Carroll's connection to the victory at Yorktown. Carroll reported that "the cannoning at York[town] can be heard distinctly in Charles County." In a letter, Gen. Washington confided to Carroll that his adversary, British Gen. Charles Cornwallis had been "passive beyond conception." Following the British surrender on Oct. 19, 1781, Maryland's Lt. Col. Tench Tilghman carried the news of the victory to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia after a four-day journey. Carroll brought the news of the surrender to the Maryland Capital at Annapolis, where he also translated and read publicly the letter of French Adm. F.J.P. Comte de Grasse to Gov. Thomas Sim Lee. After thanking Maryland for its leadership in the war effort, the Commander-in-Chief wrote that Yorktown "affords a rational ground of belief that under the favor of Divine Providence, the freedom, independence and happiness of America will shortly be established upon the surest foundation." The business meeting adjourned but soon reassembled outside to form a procession across the campus, which was led by Deering, the Colonial fifer (Dave Embrey) and Color Guard (VPG Lou Raborg). Timothy D. Mallory, 2nd VP MDSSAR, conducted a wreath-laying ceremony at the museum and arranged the group photograph. The event concluded with a tour of the circa-1800 Homewood Museum, which is furnished with objects representative of the Carroll family's occupancy. The Homewood Musuem opened to the public in 1987 and was celebrating its 30th anniversary in operation. Colonel Aquila Hall Chapter On Nov. 25, 2017, the Aquila Hall Chapter of the MDSSAR presented to Richard and Nancy Johnson, of Forest Hill Maryland, a Flag Certificate honoring their patriotism in prominently flying the American flag, both day and night, for the past year. Johnson was so appreciative of this honor that he wrote to his neighbors and friends regarding the Flag Certificate ceremony, which included a musket salute. Johnson also wrote a colorful reflection on the history of the SAR. John Hanson Chapter On Dec. 16, 2017, President General Larry T. Guzy and his wife, Karin, attended the Wreaths Across America Program at Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery in Cheltenham, Maryland. The program was led by Compatriot George Satterwaithe of the John Hanson Chapter. In all, more than 750 volunteers laid more than 8,000 wreaths throughout the cemetery. Some volunteers had to walk more than a mile just ro get into the cemetery. The bugler was Maj. Richard Barns from the Maryland National Defense Force. Among the other groups assisting with the event were: Cub Scout Pack 439 from Prince Frederick, the Waldorf Jaycees, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 26, Waldorf Toyota, St. Charles High School Marine JROTC, Giant Foods, Fraternal Order of Police, Felix Lodge chapters, Joint Base Bolling/Anacostia Chapel Ministries and several churches. Several of the larger groups brought busloads of volunteers. The volunteers laid 8,027 wreaths, more than doubling last year's 33 percent coverage. The community goal is to place wreaths on all 27,000 veterans' graves in the cemetery. Nationally, that day, more than 1.57 million wreaths were laid, all coming from Columbia Falls, Maine. Westminster Chapter The Westminster Chapter successfully completed its second program for Constitution Week (Sept. 17-23, 2017). The chapter drafted a proclamation that it supplied to the Carroll County, Maryland commissioners. Several chapter members attended as the commissioners made the proclamation during their weekly open session ahead of Constitution Week. The week's events culminated in a chapter-sponsored meeting in which Judge Joseph M. Getty spoke on challenges to Fourth Amendment rights in the digital age, based on legal decisions over the past few years. Judge Getty is a member of the Maryland Court of Appeals. During this meeting, Chapter President Jim Engler presented (on behalf of the Maryland SAR) the Silver Good Citizenship Medal to Judge Getty, who has served Maryland for more than three decades in all three branches of government, serving in both the Maryland House of Delegates and the Maryland Senate and as a top official in two Maryland governors' administrations, before his appointment to the state's highest court. In addition to a number of Maryland SAR vice presidents and attendees from other chapters, Maryland SAR State President Don Deering attended and inducted a new member into the chapter. Compatriots, from left, Maryland Color Guardsman James Schaub, John Hanson Chapter President Douglas Stuart, Chairman George Satterwaithe, President General Larry T. Guzy, VPG Mid Atlantic States Lou Raborg and Maryland Color Guard Commander David Embry.

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