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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 9 By Historian General John O. Thornhill I n October, I received an inquiry regarding the SAR Banner. After a search for information in the NSSAR History, I found nothing dating back to when the Banner was designed and accepted as our official flag. I sent an e-mail to Colleen Wilson at the headquarters asking if there was anything in forgotten files. Ms. Wilson asked Rae Ann Sauer, assistant librarian/archivist, to assist with the request. My thanks to these two ladies for their efforts in finding the following information. In 1898, a committee was created and "Charged with the duty of considering the advisability of the National Society adopting a flag or banner, of such distinctive character as to designate the Society of the Sons of the American Revolution whenever such distinction seems necessary, and at the same time appropriate to any State Society that may wish to use it as supplementary to the National flag, etc." Two recommendations were put before the committee. The first proposal was for a flag "having 13 stripes of alternate buff and blue, with a white field, upon which shall be embroidered in gold the cross of the insignia of the Society." The second proposal was for a flag "having three broad perpendicular bars of equal breadth, and in color blue, white and buff, with the blue next to the staff. Upon the center of the white bar shall be embroidered in gold the insignia of the Sons of the American Revolution (including eagle). And in gold letters, either painted or embroidered, the inscription {……… Society S. A. R.}, which shall be borne upon a pole of suitable length, surmounted by an American eagle of brass: with three cords and tassels of silk material, in blue, white and buff intertwined." The National Year Book of 1900 reports that members discussed the above recommendations. A delegate, Col. Harper, seconded the "motion to pass the resolution for a banner, for this Society, but I would like to have this emblem designated as we want. I object to this because it is the American Flag … It bears the stripes, and is an imitation of the flag of the United States. And I believe it is not right to have a banner of this kind … I shall vote against anything which imitates the flag of the United States." Since the first proposed banner copied the flag of the United States, the National Congress of 1900 selected the second choice as the official banner of the Sons of the American Revolution. Also at the 1900 Congress was the first proposal for the Society to purchase an American flag and to have both the American flag and the SAR Banner posted behind the podium at all future meetings. Sources: National Year Book of 1899 and National Year Book of 1900, Sons of the American Revolution. The National Society Flag S arah Strapp Dennison is originally from Columbus, Ohio, but has lived in Louisville, Kentucky for more than 20 years and considers it home. After graduating from Sweet Briar College in Virginia with a degree in art history, Dennison returned to Louisville and began her career in nonprofits at the Speed Art Museum. After many years fundraising at various arts, cultural and historical organizations, Dennison accepted the position of fundraising manager for the Sons of the American Revolution Foundation, where she started on Aug. 30, 2017. She looks forward to working with the SAR to accomplish its goals. Away from work, Sarah is an accomplished baker who enjoys entertaining her friends and family. She and her husband, Philip, enjoy traveling and spending time with their rescue dog, Speedy. SAR Foundation's New Fundraising Manager MGM Photography/Bob Gardner

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