For those George Washington Chapter members who have a son, grandson, brother or a nephew and have not yet submitted or encouraged them for SAR membership this is an excellent time to consider their respective membership.

Sons, Grandsons, Brothers & Nephews - Members in SAR?

GWSAR Chapter Honors & Participates in 2018 Memorial Day Activities

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On Monday, May 28, 2018 George Washington Chapter compatriots along with compatriot VASSAR and DCSSAR Chapters and members of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) participated in two 2018 Memorial Day events in Washington, D.C. and Alexandria, VA. A unit comprise of 22 compatriots from VASSAR and DCSSAR Chapters marched down Constitution Avenue in the 2018 National Memorial Day Parade, in honor to those men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and the cause of Liberty from the Revolutionary War to present day. The VASSAR Color Guard led the way followed by participating compatriots and then VASSAR President, Pat Kelly and C.A.R. National President, David Graham riding in convertibles and waving to the gathered crowds.   It was a comfortable spring afternoon with the parade route lined by thousands of spectators, many waving American flags, and televised by multiple broadcast outlets. The GWSAR Chapters coordination and participation in the National Memorial Day Parade was in honor this year to compatriot Robert F. Carr who recently passed on May 19, 2018.  Compatriot, Edgar Bates represented the GWSAR Chapter at the annual Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony to recognize and honor the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution at the Old Presbyterian Meeting House in Alexandria, VA. The Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony also included Mr. Marshall Smith, 1st VA Regiment of the Continental Line, and Mrs. Claire Bennett of the VA DAR Kate Waller Barrett Chapter. Prior to the Memorial Day ceremony, the 1st VA Regiment maintained a visual at the tomb.

President General Guzy Presents Wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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PG Larry Guzy and Virginia SAR President Mike Elston present the NSSAR Wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.

On September 9 the George Washington Chapter hosted President General Larry Guzy as he presented the NSSAR Wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.  PG Guzy was assisted by VASSAR President, Mike Elston in presenting the wreath, and escorted by George Washington Chapter President, Paul Walden and Virginia SAR Color Guard Commander, Bill Schwetke.  The Virginia SAR Color Guard flanked the march down the steps to the tomb in uniform with flags.

GWSAR Chapter Honor’s 4 Revolutionary War Patriots

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VASSAR 3rd Vice-President, Jeff Thomas extends greetings to those gathered and honors the patriots being recognized.

On May 12, 2018 the George Washington Chapter hosted a Grave Marking Ceremony at the Old Presbyterian Meeting House Cemetery, Wilkes Street Complex in Alexandria, VA in honor of four patriots who served Virginia and the cause of Liberty during the Revolutionary War.  Those patriots being honored were Col. Dennis Ramsay, Pvt. John Turpin Brooks, Pvt. Joseph Dean and Pvt. William McKnight.

The Grave Marking Ceremony was hosted by GWSAR Chapter Compatriots Paul Walden, Jamie Calendar and Nat Ames.  The Associate Pastor of the Old Presbyterian Meeting House, Katherine Stanford, gave an invocation, followed by the Grave Marker Dedication by 3rd Virginia Society SAR Vice President, Jeff Thomas.  The Virginia SAR Color Guard provided a dignified tribute to the ceremony by advancing and posting colors and saluting the patriots. Wreaths were presented by the George Washington, Fairfax Resolves, and Culpepper Minutemen Chapters of VASSAR; and the Dr. Elisha Dick and Kate Waller Barrett Chapters of VADAR.

Compatriot Nat Ames reads the Revolutionary War service of Pvt. William McKnight, while Paul Walden and the VASSAR Color Guard salute and recognize the patriot.

BRINGING OUR PATRIOTS TO LIFE

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One of the responsibilities we have as members of the NSSAR is the recognition and honoring of our Revolutionary War military veterans and civilian patriots.  To this end, I have been actively involved with the development and implementation of a new NSSAR website, Patriot Research System (PRS), which details our revolutionary war lineages and biographies of our Patriots.

NSSAR PRS    (http://sarpatriots.sar.org/)

A key part of making the PRS a success is an effort to upload all of the existing approved lineages - the NSSAR approved record copy (RC) you got when first joined the Society.  These RCs detail the Compatriot’s lineage to his Patriot as well as critical information about each Patriot.

There are efforts underway in several State Societies to organize teams of volunteers to enter RC information.  I am proposing we join these efforts, with the immediate goal of entering the RC information for each GWSAR member.

If you are interested in joining me in this highly rewarding and worthwhile effort, please contact me, Jamie Callender, at webmaster@gwsar.org.

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.

Sincerely,

Ernie Coggins
President
president@gwsar.org

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