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Recognized as Best VASSAR Website 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022


Welcome to GWSAR


Wreath-Laying in Honor of President Washington's Birthday, February 22, 2024



George Washington Birthday Parade, February 19, 2024



National Memorial Day Parade, May 29, 2023


George Washington Birthday Parade, February 20, 2023

Parade from the Reviewing Stand

On the March


Wreath Laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the Revolutionary War, February 20, 2023


61st March to the Tomb, Mount Vernon, July 4, 2022


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


60th March to the Tomb, Mount Vernon, July 4, 2021


Welcome Message

Welcome to the website of the George Washington Chapter of the Virginia Society, Sons of the American Revolution (SAR).  If you are new to SAR, or to the George Washington Chapter, I hope you enjoy reading about us and enjoying 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 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 American War of Independence. As an historical, educational, and patriotic, non-profit corporation, we 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, Virginia 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 George 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 guest speaker, there are many ways for a new member to get involved with SAR. Our members are also active at the state and national levels of SAR, serving as national officers, state officers, state committee chairmen and national committee members.

Our regular monthly membership meetings are held September through May. These meetings generally feature a prominent guest 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 SAR and would like to join the George Washington Chapter, please contact our Secretary. We welcome all new members. If you are not a member of SAR and would like more information about joining SAR and the George Washington Chapter, please visit 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 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 SAR work to honor our Patriot ancestors in many ways and thereby extend the legacy of freedom for which they were willing to sacrifice all.

President, George Washington Chapter

Recent News:

George Washington Chapter Compatriot Participates in Ceremony for Coronation of King Charles III

Compatriot Don Binder, former Rector of Pohick Episcopal Church in Lorton, Va. (Parish church of George Washington and George Mason), now the Canon Pastor for St. George’s Cathedral of the Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem, took part in the consecration of the chrism oil that was used to anoint King Charles III at his coronation May 6, 2023. The ceremony took place in March 2023 at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher when the Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theopolis III and the Anglican Archbishop, Hosam Naoum, consecrated the chrism oil. Compatriot Binder can be seen in a photo (standing to the left of Archbishop Naoum) in The Guardian.

SAR Color Guard members during black powder firing of arms

George Washington Chapter Past President, Compatriot Richard Rankin, serves on the Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution Insurance Committee which recently designed a solution insuring VASSAR and its Color Guard members during black powder firings at SAR events. Click here to Learn More.


Announcements:

(Williamsburg, Virginia, Tuesday, November 7, 2023) -

George Washington Chapter member Virgil "Pete" Farley passed away at the age of 80 years old. Over the years he was a devoted supporter of organizations such as SAR, The Friends of Mount Vernon, The Mosby Heritage Area Association, Civil War Trust, National Baseball Hall of Fame and the Society of American Baseball Research. Learn more.

(Centerville, Ohio, Monday, April 17, 2023) -  

Past Virginia Society President Donald W. Baldwin passed away April 17, 2023 at the age of 93. Don was one of the earliest, longest standing, and most dedicated members of the George Washington Chapter. Learn more.

(Alexandria, Virginia, Monday, February 20, 2023) -  More than 40 members from 10 chapters of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), including 24 members of the George Washington Chapter, Virginia SAR, proudly participated in the 2023 George Washington Birthday Parade and celebration activities. The George Washington Chapter captured the Third-Place prize in the Historical Units category, while the SAR Color Guard also took the bronze in the Honor Guards and Color Guards category. 

(South Boston, Virginia, Saturday, February 11, 2023) -  The recent Virginia SAR annual meeting in South Boston, Va. was studded with George Washington Chapter Award presentations, including 2022's top awards for: Newsletter Editor, Website and Webmaster. The Chapter also earned streamers for its History Day Support, Chapter Excellence Award and the Chester E. May Award for sponsorship.

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