The SAR Magazine

Spring 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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Natural Resources came together to host this historic event. The city of Sylvania, under the leadership of Past Mayor Margaret Evans, has been working for many years to honor this battlefield site where between 150 and 200 American Revolutionary War Patriots gave their lives so we could enjoy the freedoms we have today. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was to open this new monument to the public. The Brier Creek Battlefield monument was built with funds from the State of Georgia ($150,000) and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources ($100,000). The chapter sends its special thanks to Senator Jesse Stone and Representative Jon Burns for these funds. The speaker for this event was Dr. David Crass, director of the historic preservation division of the DNR. His topic was the Battle of Brier Creek. Aside from the battle, Crass mentioned that on Feb. 23, the 2,686-acre Brier Creek Battlefield, on the Tuckahoe Plantation Wildlife Management Area, had been nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. This will help preserve this battlefield for future generations. Also during the celebration, remarks were heard from Mayor Evans, Sen. Stone, Rep. Burns and DNR Representative Don McGowan. After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the three chapters of the Georgia SAR held the wreath presentations that honor those Patriots who fought and died at this location. There were 35 different presenters. The closing ceremony was a three-round flintlock and 6-pounder Naval cannon volley by the Georgia SAR's award-winning Color Guard and the Brier Creek Militia. Taps was played by DAR member Mary Ellen Smith. Wiregrass Chapter The Wiregrass Chapter presented Compatriot Tommy Christopher with the Fred D. Womack Wiregrass Chapter Distinguished Service Medal for 2017 in recognition of his outstanding service to the chapter. Christopher has been a member of the Wiregrass Chapter since 2014 and the Brier Creek Chapter since 2016. He also has been a member of the Brier Creek Militia and the award- winning Georgia SAR Color Guard since his induction and participates in many SAR events during the year. Christopher is an armorer and helps members with the maintenance and repair of their Pennsylvania or Kentucky flintlock rifles. He has served as master of ceremonies at many statewide events, is chair of the Brier Creek Battlefield Ad Hoc Committee, and helped raise the funds needed to do ground- penetrating radar of the site of a proposed monument so no Revolutionary War graves were disturbed. PPP The annual Georgia SAR Board of Management Conference was held Jan. 26-27 at the Sonesta Hotel in Duluth, Georgia. The Wiregrass Chapter Registrar Dess Smith III attended, along with Wiregrass Chapter President Wilder Smith Jr. The Georgia SAR award-winning Color Guard presented the Commander's Certificate for "2017 Militia Member of the Year" to Compatriot Smith in recognition of his dedication to the Elijah Clarke Militia. Smith was also awarded the President General Robert B. Vance Sr. Membership Trophy 2017 in grateful recognition of his outstanding efforts in sponsoring the most new compatriots to the Georgia SAR. ILLINOIS SOCIETY American Bicentennial Chapter The February meeting of the Illinois American Bicentennial Chapter included two speakers. Larry Wade spoke on the ancestry of the Wade family from the 1200s to the time of his Wade ancestor's Revolutionary War service, including a stirring story of revenge taken for British and Hessian atrocities. Brian Clauss, director of the Veterans Legal Support Center at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, spoke on the center's program for assisting veterans in contacting the Veterans Affairs and other legal issues. He related how the center emphasizes informal meetings and low-stress discussions. Many veterans experience PTSD and other service-related injuries, and it's difficult for those from rural areas to find legal assistance. Clauss demonstrated the caring attitude of the center by immediately advising one World War II veteran in the audience on VA benefits that the member should rightfully be receiving. The center's legal services are free, and its website is . After the meeting, several compatriots went to the home of past Chapter President Burton Showers to present him with emeritus status, a 40-year membership award and certificates. Past ABC President Mike Cobb also was awarded a medal and certificate for extensive service to the SAR. Fox Valley Chapter It was a great honor, on Feb. 21 at the North Aurora Firehouse, to present the SAR Heroism Medals and Certificates to Lt. Aaron Christensen, Firefighter Tim Garrett and Firefighter and Paramedic Brandon Kotecki. They saved the lives of two 19-year-old women who capsized their kayak in the flood-swollen Fox River in North Aurora. Those women owe their lives to three brave firefighters. 26 SAR MAGAZINE From left, Compatriot Tommy Christopher, President Wilder Smith Jr. and Judy Womack. Brier Creek Chapter President Lee Smith presenting his chapter's wreath. From left, Georgia SAR President Wayne Brown, GASSAR Secretary George Wheeless and Compatriot Dess Smith III.

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