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Virginia Sons of the American Revolution

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Law Enforcement Commendation Medal to SGT Charlette A. Mitchell of the Alexandria Police Department - 06 Apr 2022

Presentation of the Law Enforcement Commendation Medal to SGT Charlette A. Mitchell of the Alexandria Police Department. SGT Mitchell passed away several months ago and the award was received by her daughters

Charlette A. Mitchell began her career with the Alexandria Police Department as a secretary in the Criminal Investigations Division in 1987. By 1988, she became a sworn police officer and, while working patrol, she served as both a Field Training Officer and Police General Instructor. 

In 1997, Sgt. Mitchell was assigned to the Community Relations Unit. For eight years, she served as a Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) instructor for elementary and middle schools She also started youths programs in the schools and the city's recreation centers. Moreover, she began The Angles Program where young girls would attend the Police Youth Camp for a week of mentoring.

Sadly, in December of 2021, Sgt. Mitchell passed away. 

Lovettsville Family Grave Marking - 12 Apr 2022

The Fairfax Resolves Chapter sponsored a grave marking ceremony for multiple Patriots at the New Jerusalem Lutheran Church 12942 Lutheran Church Road Lovettsville, VA

President Rankin attended and presented a wreath

Broadwater Family Grave Marking - 20 Mar 2022

The Fairfax Resolves Chapter and the Society of the War of 1812 in Virginia conducted a special grave marking ceremony at grave of Col. Charles Broadwater, and his sone Lt. Charles Guy Broadwater in a residential area of Vienna, Virginia. Col. Broadwater was a signer of the Fairfax Resolves and along with Col. George Washington was a delegate to the Virginia Convention assigned to present the Resolves to the Convention. Ernie Coggins, Richard Rankin, Paul Walden, and Tom Roth attended.

George Washington's 290th Birthday - 22 Feb 2022

Presentation of Wreath at George Washington's Tomb in honor of his 290th Birth by the George Washington Chapter, VA Society, Sons of the American Revolution

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the American Rev - 21 Feb 2022

Kate Waller Barrett Chapter NSDAR and George Washington Chapter VA SAR Commemoration at the Old Presbyterian Meeting House, Alexandria, VA

Rand Pixa was awarded a Certificate of Distinguished Service for his work on the Wild Apricot project, and a Bronze Roger Sherman Medal for his service as Treasurer and Master of all things Zoom

Alexandria George Washington's Birthday Parade - 21 Feb 2022

Channel 9 WUSA coverage - best seen in "Full Screen" <lower right corner>

VASSAR Annual Meeting Banquet - 12 Feb 2022

Several George Washington Chapter members were honored at the VASSAR Annual Meeting Banquet

  • Past President Paul Walden (2nd Left) was awarded the Virginia Society Medal for his service to the State Society
  • Ernie Coggins - VASSAR 1st VP Elect (center), and Tom Roth – reelected VASSAR Historian (far right), were awarded the Silver Roger Sherman Medal for state service
Outgoing President Thomas received a framed collection of soil from the battlegrounds on which his ancestor David Baker fought

VASSAR Meeting  - 12 Feb 2022

Several George Washington Chapter members were honored at the VASSAR Annual Awards Ceremony at the Historic St. John's Church

  • John Blair was honored with a new VASSAR Award named after him for Chapters entering nominees in all Public Safety Awards Categories
  • Tom Roth and Ernie Coggins received the Patriot Grave Marking Medal
  • President Rankin received the Streamer recognizing our Chapter as the sponsor of the Best 2021 JROTC Cadet
  • Webmaster Jamie Callender received the Streamer recognizing the GW Chapter Website as the Website of the Year for 2021 (3rd year running)
  • Richard Rankin (far far left) collected our Streamer for participation in Youth Programs and Contests in 2021

  • President Rankin also collected our Streamer for the Chapter Excellence Award for 2021

  • Tom Roth and Ernie Coggins received promotions in the 1st VA Reg

  • Ernie Coggins was elected VASSAR First VP for 2022

  • Tom Roth as re-elected as VASSAR Historian

VASSAR Youth Awards - 12 Feb 2022


Memorial Service for Patriot William Lee - 5 Feb

The VSSAR Public Education Committee conducted its annual commemoration of Black History Month by honoring Patriot William “Billy” Lee with a ceremony and wreath laying at his final resting place at the Slave Cemetery on the Mount Vernon estate.

For two decades, William Lee accompanied Washington nearly everywhere. As manservant, or valet, Lee assisted his master with myriad tasks, from delivering messages to laying out clothes to tying a silk ribbon around his hair. An excellent horseman who was described as muscular and athletic, Lee also rode in Washington’s beloved fox hunts

The Event was attended by GW Chapter members Paul Walden, Richard Rankin, Don Francisco, Tom Roth, Rand Pixa, Jack Coulter, Richard Sherman, and Rory Hoyt 

February Chapter Meeting - HYBRID

This meeting was held at the Belle Haven County Club - 5 February 2022

Guest speaker was Dr. Doug Bradburn, who is the President & CEO of George Washington’s Mount Vernon

    • He shared his thoughts about Mount Vernon’s current affairs and the future legacy of this iconic homestead
    • After his talk, we presented the SAR Silver, Good Citizenship Medal to Dr. Bradburn.

January Chapter Meeting - HYBRID

This meeting was held at the Belle Haven County Club - 8 January 2022

Guest speaker was Bill Welsch who gave a very informative talk on "Christmas Night 1776:  How Did They Cross the Delaware"

Two new members were inducted during this meeting

    • John Edwards
    • Quinn Lanzendorfer
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