George Washington Chapter
Virginia Sons of the American Revolution




Honoring our Patriots and preserving our history and Constitutional principles



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John Chapman Hunter & Willaim Whitaker Grave-marking, October 15, 2022


62nd March to the Tomb, Mount Vernon, July 4, 2022


George Washington Birthday Parade, Alexandria, Virginia, February 21, 2022


Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution, February 21, 2022



Grave Marking of William Lee at Mount Vernon, February 5, 2022



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Welcome to the website of the George Washington Chapter of the Virginia Society, Sons of the American Revolution!  If you are new to the SAR, or to the George Washington Chapter, I hope you enjoy reading about and enjoying some of the photographs that capture many of our annual and one-of-a-kind activities. If you are already a member, I encourage you to explore the Members Only resources that are available to you on this site.

If you are not familiar with the Sons of the American Revolution, we are the leading male lineage society dedicated to perpetuating the ideals of the war for independence. As an historical, educational, and patriotic, non-profit corporation, we seek to maintain and expand the meaning of patriotism, respect for our national symbols, the value of American citizenship, and the unifying force of "e pluribus unum" that was created from the people of many nations -- one nation and one people. "In God We Trust".

The George Washington Chapter looks forward to celebrating its 70th anniversary of advancing the goals and ideals of the SAR in Alexandria and the Mount Vernon area of Fairfax County in 2024.  Our location and 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.

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.

If you are already a member of the SAR and would like to join the George Washington Chapter, please contact our Secretary, at secretary@gwsar.org. We welcome all new members. 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, at registrar@gwsar.org. Membership is open to any adult male who is a lineal descendant of a Revolutionary War soldier or patriot. Women and children interested in perpetuating the ideals of our Patriot ancestors may wish to 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.

President, George Washington Chapter

VASSAR GOLD MEDAL GALA – 9 NOV 2019

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(Left) Presentation of the Gold Good Citizenship Medal and Certificate to General Gordon R. Sullivan – presented by VASSAR President, Peter Davenport, NSSAR Past President General, Joseph Dooley and George Washington Chapter President, Dave Thomas; (Right) Honoree General Sullivan paying personal respects to the U.S. Army Continental Color Guard during the Pledge of Allegiance

On Saturday, November 9, 2019 the George Washington Chapter had the unique honor to host the Virginia Society, Gold Good Citizenship Medal Gala at Belle Haven Country Club in Alexandria, VA. The honoree for this year’s Gold Good Citizenship Medal was General Gordon R. Sullivan, USA (Ret.), former Chief of Staff of the Army and member of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff. General Sullivan was honored and recognized by the NSSAR Virginia Society for his distinguished military service to the United States. Currently, General Sullivan is the Executive Director of the Army Historical Foundation, playing a major role in the creation of the new National Museum of the United States Army at nearby Ft. Belvoir. VASSAR President, Peter Davenport and other VASSAR, VADAR and US military dignitaries were in attendance. Arrangements were made with the Military District of Washington to honor General Sullivan and gala attendees with the Presentation of the Colors by U.S. Army Continental Color Guard, and the playing of patriotic music by the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Brass Quintet. The Master of Ceremonies was George Washington Chapter’s own Mike Elston, who hosted the gala event to the 77 guests in attendance. VASSAR President, Peter Davenport, SAR Past-President General, Joe Dooley and George Washington Chapter President, Dave Thomas presented the Gold Good Citizenship Medal and Certificate to General Sullivan.

Master of Ceremonies, Mike Elston reading the biography of General Gordon Sullivan

Public Service Award Committee Report


I would like to thank the Board of Managers as well as the Chapter membership for supporting this program. The Departments are very appreciative and express that to me often.

Thanks to the support of the Chapter leadership as well as our fellow compatriots, this has been a very successful year for the Public Service Awards Committee. During the year we have thus far awarded sixty-five Public Service Awards with two pending for the tenth and thirteenth of December. In addition, we have presented two Bronze Good Citizenship Medal Awards in lieu of Fire Safety Commendation Awards because one of the awardees is a past recipient.

The award breakdown is as follows:

HEROISM AWARD:  11

  • Alexandria Fire Department received 2 awards.
  • Alexandria Police Department received 3 awards.
  • Alexandria Sheriff’s Department received 2 awards.
  • Fairfax Fire Department received 1 award.
  • Prince William Police Department received 3 awards.

EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES AWARD:  23

  • Alexandria Fire Department received 9 awards.
  • Prince William Fire Department received 14 awards.

LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMENDATION AWARD: 20

  • Alexandria Police Department received 5 awards.
  • Alexandria Sheriff’s Department received 3 awards.
  • Prince William Police Department received 12 awards.

FIRE SAFETY COMMENDATION AWARD: 9

  • Alexandria Fire Department received 1 award.
  • Fairfax Fire Department received 5  awards.
  • Prince William Fire Department received 3 awards.

LIFE SAVING AWARD: 2

  • Alexandria Sheriff’s Department received 1 award.
  • Prince William Fire Department received 1 award.

PENDING AWARDS: 2

  • Law Enforcement Commendation: Fairfax County Police Department.
  • Fire Safety Commendation: Dunn Loring Fire Department.

For the New Year, there are currently nine awards in process for the Mount Vernon Station, Fairfax County Police Department involving a barricade situation as well as another for meritorious service.

I expect to receive other nominations as we move toward Valor Award nominations for the various local

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