George Washington Chapter
VASSAR 2020 State Life Saving Award
Ernie Coggins (VASSAR 2nd VP) and Tom Roth (GWSAR President) presented the VASSAR 2020 State Life Saving Award to Carolina Molivadis of the Alexandria Fire Department. The ceremony was organized by John Blair and held at Alexandria Fire Department Headquarters
Virtual 270th Anniversary of Birth of James Madison
Live-stream the laying of the Presidential Wreath by the U.S. Marine Corps . Roy Young, Montpelier's President and CEO, welcomed all viewers. Acclaimed singer, acoustic guitarist, and storyteller Calvin Earl performed "America the Beautiful. Mr. Madison" discussed the events of his birthday on March 16, 1821. Lily Moriarty (Orange, VA) and Claire Furtwangler (Seattle, WA) Vassar College seniors and bandmates in The Morning Moon, performed "This Land is Your Land. "Let's Talk About Rights," featuring guest speaker Christopher Riano.
VNSSAR Special National Congress - March 13, 2021
IMG 2451 shows part of the Credentials Committee at work. Deputy Chairman and VASSAR Assistant Secretary Tim Diquino on the left. Ernie Coggins, Committee Chairman on the right
IMG 2451 shows a Congress Delegate in deep discussion with the Deputy IT Committee Chairman (also a GW Chapter Member)
2021 Commemoration of Black History Month
VASSAR observed Black History month by leading a ceremony at the Elam Baptist Church Cemetery in Ruthville. President Jeff Thomas gave greetings, and the Rev. Helen Washington-Randall, Pastor of Elam Baptist Church, served as Chaplain. Judith Ledbetter, spoke on the history of these 26 Patriots and how they were identified. A descendant of one of the patriots also spoke at the ceremony. Paul Walden, served as Master of Ceremonies.
2021 Crossing of the Dan Commemoration
Sons of the American Revolution commemorate the Crossing of the Dan. On February 20, 2021, the George Washington Chapter, Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution participated in a virtual commemoration of the Crossing of the Dan, an important event that leads to victory in the American Revolutionary War.
Birthday of George Washington, Wreath Laying at GW Tomb
Mike Hoffman, Don Francisco, Richard Rankin, Ken Bonner, Dave Thomas, Tom Roth, Dave Cook, John Blair, Jack Coulter, Scott Walker. All except Bonner, Thomas and Cook are GW chapter members
GWSAR February Chapter Meeting - VIRTUAL
The February meeting was held virtually due to COVID. Revolutionary War Historians and biographers of Charles Lee have treated him as either an inveterate enemy of George Washington, or a great defender of American liberty. Neither approach is accurate. According to author Christian McBurney, absolute objectivity is required to fully understand the war’s most complicated general.
V.S.C.A.R.’s 2021 Annual Project
VASSAR Annual Meeting - VIRTUAL
The VASSAR Annual meeting was held virtually due to COVID
Col. James Wood II Chapter’s Commemoration of the Battle of Cowpens
This was held on January 16, 2021 at the grave of General Daniel Morgan, Mt. Hebron, Virginia. General Morgan commanded the victorious patriot forces at Cowpens, including developing the effective techniques for making best use of Militia that were later followed up successfully by General Green at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse.
GWSAR January Chapter Meeting - VIRTUAL
The January meeting was held virtually due to COVID. Our speaker was David M. Muraca, Vice President of Museum Content & Director of Archaeology for the George Washington Foundation in Fredericksburg. His presentation highlighted recent discoveries from archaeological excavations and on-site research at Ferry Farm. These discoveries have given us greater understandings of the younger George Washington and his family during their time at Ferry Farm in the 1740s.