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Our brigade marching up Mount Vernon's bowling green in route to General Washington's Tomb on 04 July 2016
On February 21, 2016, at the 126th Annual Meeting of the Virginia Society, Sons of the American Revolution
(VASSAR), the George Washington Chapter was recognized as the Best Very Large Chapter in the Commonwealth of
Virginia. In order to be recognized with this award, a Chapter needs to demonstrate breadth and depth:
participation and excellence in all of the various State and local programs and activities open to either Chapter
participation or sponsorship. In addition to the overall award, the Chapter received streamers for the Best
Elementary School Poster, the Best Middle School Brochure, and the Best Oration. The Chapter also received the
Jennings Flathers Award for the Best Chapter Newsletter and Compatriot Richard Gilliland was named as the VASSAR
Newsletter Editor of the Year.
Dwight Whitney and Mike Elston displaying both the streamer and certificate for the Chapter's receipt of the President General's Activities Award
At the 125th Congress of the Sons of the American Revolution in Louisville, Kentucky, in July 2015, the George Washington Chapter won the President General’s Activities Award in the 200+ member category for 2014-15. This is the second consecutive time the George Washington has been honored with this award. Once again, the SAR recognized the chapter for its outstanding program of activities advancing the ideals and purposed of the SAR.
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 2015, we are proudly celebrating our 61st 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.
Gregory O. Bodge
For information on all chapter events (including future meetings), visit our future events calendar.