56th Annual Independence Day Ceremony and Wreath Laying event at General George Washington’s Tomb at Mount Vernon
This 4th of July the George Washington Chapter hosted the 56th Annual Independence Day Ceremony and Wreath Laying event at General George Washington’s Tomb at Mount Vernon. To celebrate the 241st Independence Day, 55 compatriots from nine different Virginia chapters marched up the bowling green pass the 1st Virginia Regiment to the mansion, and then down to General Washington’s Tomb. To further honor the occasion multiple chapters of the DAR, the C.A.R. and the Frederick Town Fife & Drum Corps led by our fellow SAR Maryland Society compatriots all participated in the event. VASSAR President, Mike Elston and President of the Virginia Society C.A.R, Miss Emily Elston presented a wreath at the foot of General Washington’s Tomb.
With views of the Potomac, the wreath laying event was then followed by a naturalization ceremony where Vice President of the George Washington Chapter, Ernie Coggins led those gathered in the Pledge of Allegiance.
In a comment by VASSAR President, Mike Elston, “For those in the SAR, every day is the 4th of July, and every day is an opportunity to advance the goals of the Sons of the American Revolution.” It was a grand Independence Day for all.
- Fairfax County Old Courthouse at 11:00 am.
June 17, 2017 - We recognized the Fairfax County men who served and died advancing the Cause of American Independence. They came from all corners of the county and were farmers, planters, lawyers, doctors, statesmen and merchants fighting for independence from Britain. Each was remembered for his sacrifice as we dedicated this plaque.
A bronze sign was fixed to a slab of rock shaped like a tombstone and planted on the grounds of the historic courthouse - the new plaque joined already existing memorials to local soldiers who fell in World War I, World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
The monument was first dedicated to World War I casualties in 1926, and other wars have subsequently been added, according to Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) George Washington Chapter president Paul Walden.
The Revolutionary War memorial is the result of research started by the Fairfax Genealogical Society and continued by George Washington SAR Compatriot Jamie Callender, who spent years confirming the service records of the men whose names are engraved on the plaque.
“The soldiers who fought and died in the American Revolution are the reasons why we are here today,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova said at the unveiling ceremony. “We should never take our freedoms or our circumstances for granted, and we must always remember with gratitude those who came before us.”
VASSAR President, Mike Elston; Will Elston, GWSAR President Paul Walden; and VASSAR/GWSAR Historian Tom Roth III attending the James Monroe 259th Birthday celebration in Colonial Beach, VA.
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.