127th VASSAR Annual Conference: the George Washington Chapter Received VASSAR Recognition for 2016 Activities
Pictured Left to Right: Dwight Whitney, GWSAR Color Guard Commander; Ernie Coggins, GWSAR Vice-President; Mike Elston, VASSAR President; Jamie Callender, GWSAR Webmaster; Tom Roth, GWSAR & VASSAR Historian; Paul Walden, GWSAR President; Greg Bodge, GWSAR Past-President (2016); Richard Sherman, GWSAR Youth Programs; Covert Beach, GWSAR Sargent-at-Arms; Jay Henn, GWSAR Treasurer; Dave Thomas, GWSAR Secretary & VASSAR Registrar.
During the 127th VASSAR Annual Meeting in Richmond, VA on February 11th, the George Washington Chapter was recognized for its activities, programs and participation in VASSAR sponsored events and achieving identified VASSAR Presidential goals during 2016. The George Washington Chapter was honored to receive the following Chapter streamers and awards of recognition: The Chapter Excellence Award; for participating in the Revolutionary War Monument Dedication at Petersburg, VA; presentation of War/Military Service Medals; performing Outreach and Fundraising Initiatives; participation in the Flag Program; contributor to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, VA; for Sustained Achievement Revolutionary Grave Markings 2013-16; History Day support; VASSAR Hero of the Year; VASSAR Emergency Services Award; and VASSAR award for Best Newsletter Editor. Also, prior to the awards ceremony the Chapter conducted its February Meeting with 15 members in attendance.
One of the George Washington Chapter's hallmark events for the year is fast approaching, the annual National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C. The Monday, May 29th event is our nation's largest Memorial Day event honoring our current and past men and women who have served and sacrificed for our country. The SAR is proud to be marching in this event along Constitution Avenue witnessed by hundreds of thousands of fellow citizens paying tribute to those who have served.
To participate in this wonderful event, it will be necessary for all participants to fill out and submit an "Agreement of Release" form (PDF version HERE & and Word version HERE formats attached). This form must be submitted before Monday, May 1, 2017. Once filled out, please mail the form (1 for each person) to
Michael J. Elston
P.O. Box 336
Lorton, VA 22199-0336
This is an exciting and patriotic event to honor those who have served our country from the American Revolution to the present day. Please consider joining the parade with your fellow SAR compatriots from Chapter's across and outside the Washington Metropolitan Area.
Once known additional details for SAR participants will be provided. For more information on the parade itself go to: www.americanveteranscenter.org
Pictured Left to right: Chapter President Paul Walden, Technicians Trainum, Chapman, and Bliss, Chief Kevin McGee, and Chapter Secretary Dave Thomas (Lt. Acosta not present)
At the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution (VASSAR) annual conference in Richmond on February 11, 2017, four members of the Prince William County Fire and Rescue Department were recognized with VASSAR Public Safety Awards.
Technician II Shawn Bliss received the VASSAR Heroism Award. Lt. Daniel Acosta, Technician II Jeffrey Chapman, and Technician II Sean Trainum, of Medic 511, received the VASSAR Emergency Medical Services Award. On April 3, these awards were presented to these members of the Prince William County Fire and Rescue Department at the Prince William County Administration Building.
A Message From the Chapter President....
Welcome to the website of the George Washington Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution! With over 275 members, we are Virginia's largest SAR chapter and one of the largest chapters in the world. In 2017, we are proudly celebrating our 63rd year of advancing the goals and ideals of the SAR in Alexandria and the Mount Vernon area of Fairfax County. We always have a warm welcome for new members, and I hope you will join us in the SAR's important work.
Our wide range of activities makes us one of the most dynamic chapters in the country. Whether it is participating in the annual July 4th wreath-laying ceremony at Mount Vernon, marching in the National Memorial Day Parade or Alexandria's Washington's Birthday Parade, honoring local police officers and firefighters with SAR awards, judging a youth contest, honoring local Patriots by marking their graves, or just enjoying a fabulous lunch with a fascinating speaker, there are many ways for a new member to get involved in the work of the SAR. Our members also are active at the state and national levels of the SAR, serving as national officers, state officers, state committee chairmen and national committee members.
In all of our programs and events, we endeavor to remember and honor the Patriots who won our freedom and created a new nation, and we strive to keep America great and advance the American Dream. Specifically, SAR members seek to promote and extend:
- the institutions of American freedom;
- an appreciation for true patriotism;
- a respect for our national symbols;
- the value of American citizenship; and
- the unifying force of e pluribus unum that has created, from the people of many nations, one nation and one people.
The George Washington Chapter is particularly well suited to the work of the SAR, as we count among our members many current and former high-ranking military, government, business and non-profit leaders. All of our members are dedicated to advancing the purposes of the SAR, and to living out its principles here in Northern Virginia.
Our regular monthly meetings are held September through May at the beautiful Belle Haven Country Club in Alexandria. These meetings generally feature a prominent speaker in a field related to the American Revolution, U.S. history and government, or other key issues of the day. For example, past speakers have included the Deputy Secretary of Defense, the Archivist of the United States, the President & CEO of the Mt. Vernon Estate, and the Inspector General of the General Services Administration as well as local authors and historians whose work relates to the Revolutionary Era.
If you are already a member of the SAR and would like to join the George Washington Chapter, please contact our Secretary. If you are not a member of the SAR and would like more information about joining the SAR and the George Washington Chapter, please click on our Membership page or contact our Registrar. Membership is open to any adult male who is a lineal descendant of a Revolutionary War soldier or patriot. Women and children interested in joining should contact the Daughters of the American Revolution (www.dar.org) or the Children of the American Revolution (www.nscar.org).
Thank you for your interest in the George Washington Chapter. I hope you will join us in the important work of the SAR as we strive to honor our Patriot ancestors by extending the legacy of the freedom for which they were willing to sacrifice all.