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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XX SAR MAGAZINE The Patriots were Sgt. William Carr, Capt. Matthew Rhea, Joseph Rhea II and Pvt. William Rutledge. Family descendants were in attendance for all four Patriots, and many stories were exchanged of the exploits of the four and their roles in the Revolution. The Tennessee SAR Color Guard with Commander John Clines presented the colors and fired musket volleys to honor the patriots. NSSAR Chaplain General Rev. John Wakefield delivered the invocation and prayer of dedication. Dr. Joe Chambers served as master of ceremonies. Tennessee SAR President David Johnston brought greetings and marched in the color guard. Compatriots from Tennessee, Virginia, South Carolina, Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky were part of the color guard. The event was covered by The Bristol Herald Courier and featured interviews with SAR members and a pictorial layout. TEXAS SOCIETY Northern Texas Chapter The Northern Texas SAR Color Guard presented, posted and retrieved the colors at the recent Naturalization Ceremony at the USCIS Field Office in Irving, Texas. Plano Chapter The Plano Chapter Color Guard and compatriots from three other chapters traveled to Bonham to help celebrate Regional Veterans Day at Bonham Elementary and High School. The event was held at the high school football field. The weather was a little nippy but no rain! The compatriots handed out small American flags to all attendees, and the children had a great time. The high school band provided patriotic music, and the Lone Star Chapter Paralyzed Veterans of America, Dallas, presented the colors. Taking part in this event from the chapter were Compatriots John Greer, Bill Watts, T.L. Holden, Ted Wilson and Don Sielert. San Antonio Chapter The San Antonio Chapter was proud to recognize some of San Antonio's finest first responders at its Public Service Awards Luncheon Oct. 18, 2017. The San Antonio Chapter, which was established on Patriots Day in 1930, has recognized members of the San Antonio Fire Department annually for the past 20 years by awarding them the SAR Public Service Medals and Certificates. At this year's luncheon, 10 individuals and two engine crews were recognized for their extraordinary service to the San Antonio community. Nearly 30 firefighters and family members attended the luncheon. VIRGINIA SOCIETY Colonel William Grayson Chapter Leamon D. Duncan Jr. was inducted as the 200th member of the Col. William Grayson Chapter at its Oct. 14, 2017 chapter meeting in Gainesville, Virginia. Compatriot Duncan is a descendant of Patriot Gerard Green, who served as a private in the Virginia Militia, where he was stationed on the western frontier protecting the colonists from the British and Native Americans and was at the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown. Duncan is a retired U.S. Army master sergeant who works as a senior operations officer at Headquarters Army Staff in the Pentagon. He is married to his high school sweetheart and has three adult children and six grandchildren. Duncan says the highlight of his Army career was serving with his son, Jeremy, in Iraq. WASHINGTON SOCIETY John Paul Jones Chapter Since its inception, and each Christmas season, the John Paul Jones Chapter has solicited donations of small personal items to donate to the Washington State Veterans Home in Retsil, near Port Orchard. At every chapter meeting, a donation box is placed, and items such as toiletries, warm throw blankets, socks, books and magazines are requested from compatriots. This drive has been spearheaded by Compatriot Dave Blevins, the current chapter vice president, and members have always been generous. Several large shopping bags of gifts were given on Dec. 6 to the approximately 300 residents. The chapter has maintained close ties with the Retsil Home, giving back to those who have honorably served. PPP On Dec. 16, 2017, more than 200 citizens gathered for a Wreaths Across America ceremony at Ivy Green Cemetery in Bremerton at the one-tenth-scale replica of the Tomb of the Unknowns and to place wreaths on the graves of veterans. The purpose of the WAA nationwide event is to remember those who have fallen, honor those who serve and have served and teach our children the price of our freedoms. In all, more than 500 wreaths were placed in five cemeteries throughout Kitsap County. The sixth annual ceremony at Ivy Green was sponsored by the John Paul Jones Chapter and co-sponsored by the Navy Wives Clubs of America Kitsap #46. Compatriot Mick Hersey was the master of ceremonies and overall coordinator. Past State President Doug Nelson led off the ceremony with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent proclaiming Dec. 16 as Wreaths Across America Day in Bremerton. Wreaths representing all armed services were laid. Army: World War II veteran Lt. Col. Vern Frykholm (who is 101 years old) and recruiter Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Cox; Marine Corps: Vietnam veteran Gunnery Sgt. Hector Esparza 38 SAR MAGAZINE Guardsmen attending the ceremony, from left, were Howard Roach (Plano Chapter), Jerry Cope (Arlington Chapter), Dan Reed (Plano Chapter), Nick Gilliam (Plano Chapter), David Davidson (Van Zandt Chapter, Ft. Worth) and Robert Kittrell (Dallas Chapter).

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