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127th VASSAR Annual Conference: the George Washington Chapter Received VASSAR Recognition for 2016 Activities 

Pictured Left to Right: Dwight Whitney, GWSAR Color Guard Commander; Ernie Coggins, GWSAR Vice-President; Mike Elston, VASSAR President; Jamie Callender, GWSAR Webmaster; Tom Roth, GWSAR & VASSAR Historian; Paul Walden, GWSAR President; Greg Bodge, GWSAR Past-President (2016); Richard Sherman, GWSAR Youth Programs; Covert Beach, GWSAR Sargent-at-Arms; Jay Henn, GWSAR Treasurer; Dave Thomas, GWSAR Secretary & VASSAR Registrar.

During the 127th VASSAR Annual Meeting in Richmond, VA on February 11th, the George Washington Chapter was recognized for its activities, programs and participation in VASSAR sponsored events and achieving identified VASSAR Presidential goals during 2016. The George Washington Chapter was honored to receive the following Chapter streamers and awards of recognition: The Chapter Excellence Award; for participating in the Revolutionary War Monument Dedication at Petersburg, VA; presentation of War/Military Service Medals; performing Outreach and Fundraising Initiatives; participation in the Flag Program; contributor to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, VA; for Sustained Achievement Revolutionary Grave Markings 2013-16; History Day support; VASSAR Hero of the Year; VASSAR Emergency Services Award; and VASSAR award for Best Newsletter Editor. Also, prior to the awards ceremony the Chapter conducted its February Meeting with 15 members in attendance.

Alexandria Deputies Recognized and Honored 

Pictured Left to Right: John Blair, Public Service Awards Chairman; Paul Walden, George Washington Chapter President; City of Alexandria Deputies Runquist, Juarez, Bearden, Lee and Neckles.

In honor and recognition of the men and women of the City of Alexandria, VA Sheriff's Department, the George Washington Chapter of the Virginia Society, Sons of the American Revolution (VASSAR), on January 14, 2017 recognized the heroic acts and service of five Sheriff Deputies. Through their quick thinking and immediate actions the lives of two individuals were saved.

In recognition of these lifesaving actions, the George Washington Chapter was honored to bestow the Chapter’s Public Service Award to each Alexandria Sheriff Deputy at a ceremony and luncheon at the Belle Haven Country Club in Alexandria, 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 chapter of the year 2015celebrating 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 ( or the Children of the American Revolution (

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.


Paul Walden


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