2019 GWSAR Chapter Events
As part of a tradition that spans 57 years, the George Washington Chapter organized an Independence Day Commemoration at George Washington's Mount Vernon. The parade up the bowling green in front of the mansion was led by the talented Frederick Town Fife and Drum Corps and the VASSAR Color Guard. Chapter Vice President Dave Thomas served as Master of Ceremonies, Chapter President Ernest Coggins delivered an address, greetings were offered by 1st VASSAR Vice President Pete Davenport and VADAR Historian Holly Lynne McKinley Schmidt, and VASSAR Orations Contest winner, Miss Gabby Lucchetti from Bishop O'Connell High School, delivered her speech. The event concluded with a wreath laying at General Washington's tomb by 1st VASSAR Vice President, Pete Davenport and past George Washington Chapter President, Paul Walden. Members of the SAR, DAR, CAR and public were then invited to lay carnations at the entrance to General Washington’s tomb. Over 40 members from the George Washington, George Mason, Fairfax Resolves, Culpeper Minutemen, Norfolk, Richmond, Dan River, and William Grayson VASSAR Chapters participated in the event. After that event, GWSAR Vice President, Dave Thomas participated in the Mt. Vernon Naturalization Ceremony for 101 new citizens in leading their first Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
2018 GWSAR Chapter Events