2020 GWSAR Chapter Events

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Thanks to our WAA Committee Chairman Jack Coulter, our Chapter participated extensively in Wreaths Across America Project. We were able to raise $2,005 in donations for wreaths and our members placed wreaths at three national cemeteries. Mike Hoffman participated in the WAA Family Day (Dec. 13) at Arlington National Cemetery. On Saturday, December 17, 2021 at Alexandria National Cemetery, Richard Rankin, Jack Coulter, John Brigden, Rand Pixa, and Ernie Coggins placed wreaths. President Jay Henn placed wreaths at Quantico National Cemetery, Sunday, December 20, 2020.

Sons of the American Revolution Awards 2020. Investigator Steven Matthews received the Law Enforcement Commendation Medal and Detective Betty Sixsmith received the Silver Good Citizenship Medal on December 10, 2020, for their hard work and dedication.

Veterans Day Wreath Laying General George Washington’s Tomb November 11, 2020

On October 24, the George Washington Chapter memorialized three patriots of the American Revolution, John Longden, John Sloan, and Joseph Smith, at a grave marking ceremony at Trinity United Methodist Church Cemetery in Alexandria. Pastor Grace Han delivered the invocation. Paul Walden, Grave Marking Chairman, served as Master of Ceremonies. Wreaths were presented by the following SAR and DAR chapters: George Washington VASSAR, Kate Waller Barrett VADAR, Col. William Grayson VASSAR, George Mason VASSAR, and George Mason VADAR. The markers were then dedicated by VASSAR Historian, Thomas M. Roth, III. Andrew and Jack Mills served as Color Guards by posting the colors.

Yorktown Day is the observance of the last battle of the Revolutionary War, or at least the surrender of the British forces for those that don't agree that it was the last battle. The festivities are held on October 19th, and include a parade, reenactments, speakers from various historical organizations, and grave markings

George Washington Chapter Meeting Speaker: Dr. Benjamin Franklin (Barry Stevens) “Making of a Patriot – The Hutchinson Letters Leak and the Privy Council"

September 18-19, 2020–Friday-Saturday: VASSAR Mid-Year Meeting Berry Hill Resort and Conference Center South Boston, VA

Our September Zoom meeting and luncheon was a success. Our speaker was chapter Webmaster, Jamie Callender, a senior systems engineer within the defense arena. Jamie spoke about the new NSSAR Patriot Research System (PRS), which details our revolutionary war lineages and biographies of our Patriots. The PRS is a dynamic, evolving NSSAR capability focused on honoring and preserving the memory of our Patriots.

The George Washington Chapter, Virginia Society, Sons of the American Revolution hosted the 59th Annual July 4 Celebrations. Due to COVID-19 health and safety concerns, we had to make some significant changes in our usual events. We placed a Wreath at the General’s Tomb; however, this was done very early morning, and due to Social Distancing Requirements, was limited in attendance to only the principals. The Wreath Presentation was recorded and shown during our main event. We then hosted a Virtual Celebration by ZOOM commencing at 11:30 AM. This generally followed the format of our traditional Tomb Grove Ceremonies. We invited SAR, DAR, and CAR Chapters to symbolically place their own wreaths by ZOOM.

On 13 June 2020, the Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution sponsored a multichapter grave marking in Rileyville, VA. The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) honor the memory of Revolutionary War Patriots by placing a marker next to their headstone and having a formal ceremony to recognize the occasion. The grave marked on Saturday belongs to Private William Robertson, a member of the 3rd Maryland Flying Camp Battalion. Compatriot Ernie Coggins participated and presented the George Washington Chapter wreath to honor the service of Patriot Robertson.

The George Washington Chapter held a "first ever" a virtual Chapter meeting on Saturday, May 16th using Zoom.

G.W. Chapter Board of Managers held via Zoom app on April 8th. The attendees shown are (left to right): top row – scrapbook chair Jack Coulter’s cellphone, Secretary Rand Pixa, President Jay Henn; 2nd row – Vice-President Tom Roth, Webmaster Jamie Callender, Manager Paul Walden; 3rd row – Treasurer Richard Rankin, Chaplain Don Reynolds, Manager Ernie Coggins (no camera image); later arrivals were Registrar Rich Sherman and Manager Dave Thomas.

We held our Chapter meeting this month at the Omni Hotel in Richmond during the VASSAR Annual Meeting

Speakers: Ms. McGowan (Mackie) Storage (President, National Society Children of the American Revolution), Ms. Alexandra Salley (“The Roar of the Revolution”), Mr. James O’Kelley / Mr. Patrick Kelly / Mr. Mark Brennan (SAR 2020 Congress-- Richmond)

2019 GWSAR Chapter Events

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Thanks to our WAA Committee Chairman Jack Coulter, our Chapter participated extensively in Wreaths Across America Project. We were able to raise $2,005 in donations for wreaths and our members placed wreaths at three national cemeteries. Mike Hoffman participated in the WAA Family Day (Dec. 13) at Arlington National Cemetery. On Saturday, December 17, 2021 at Alexandria National Cemetery, Richard Rankin, Jack Coulter, John Brigden, Rand Pixa, and Ernie Coggins placed wreaths. President Jay Henn placed wreaths at Quantico National Cemetery, Sunday, December 20, 2020.

Sons of the American Revolution Awards 2020. Investigator Steven Matthews received the Law Enforcement Commendation Medal and Detective Betty Sixsmith received the Silver Good Citizenship Medal on December 10, 2020, for their hard work and dedication.

Veterans Day Wreath Laying General George Washington’s Tomb November 11, 2020

On October 24, the George Washington Chapter memorialized three patriots of the American Revolution, John Longden, John Sloan, and Joseph Smith, at a grave marking ceremony at Trinity United Methodist Church Cemetery in Alexandria. Pastor Grace Han delivered the invocation. Paul Walden, Grave Marking Chairman, served as Master of Ceremonies. Wreaths were presented by the following SAR and DAR chapters: George Washington VASSAR, Kate Waller Barrett VADAR, Col. William Grayson VASSAR, George Mason VASSAR, and George Mason VADAR. The markers were then dedicated by VASSAR Historian, Thomas M. Roth, III. Andrew and Jack Mills served as Color Guards by posting the colors.

Yorktown Day is the observance of the last battle of the Revolutionary War, or at least the surrender of the British forces for those that don't agree that it was the last battle. The festivities are held on October 19th, and include a parade, reenactments, speakers from various historical organizations, and grave markings

George Washington Chapter Meeting Speaker: Dr. Benjamin Franklin (Barry Stevens) “Making of a Patriot – The Hutchinson Letters Leak and the Privy Council"

September 18-19, 2020–Friday-Saturday: VASSAR Mid-Year Meeting Berry Hill Resort and Conference Center South Boston, VA

Our September Zoom meeting and luncheon was a success. Our speaker was chapter Webmaster, Jamie Callender, a senior systems engineer within the defense arena. Jamie spoke about the new NSSAR Patriot Research System (PRS), which details our revolutionary war lineages and biographies of our Patriots. The PRS is a dynamic, evolving NSSAR capability focused on honoring and preserving the memory of our Patriots.

The George Washington Chapter, Virginia Society, Sons of the American Revolution hosted the 59th Annual July 4 Celebrations. Due to COVID-19 health and safety concerns, we had to make some significant changes in our usual events. We placed a Wreath at the General’s Tomb; however, this was done very early morning, and due to Social Distancing Requirements, was limited in attendance to only the principals. The Wreath Presentation was recorded and shown during our main event. We then hosted a Virtual Celebration by ZOOM commencing at 11:30 AM. This generally followed the format of our traditional Tomb Grove Ceremonies. We invited SAR, DAR, and CAR Chapters to symbolically place their own wreaths by ZOOM.

On 13 June 2020, the Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution sponsored a multichapter grave marking in Rileyville, VA. The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) honor the memory of Revolutionary War Patriots by placing a marker next to their headstone and having a formal ceremony to recognize the occasion. The grave marked on Saturday belongs to Private William Robertson, a member of the 3rd Maryland Flying Camp Battalion. Compatriot Ernie Coggins participated and presented the George Washington Chapter wreath to honor the service of Patriot Robertson.

The George Washington Chapter held a "first ever" a virtual Chapter meeting on Saturday, May 16th using Zoom.

G.W. Chapter Board of Managers held via Zoom app on April 8th. The attendees shown are (left to right): top row – scrapbook chair Jack Coulter’s cellphone, Secretary Rand Pixa, President Jay Henn; 2nd row – Vice-President Tom Roth, Webmaster Jamie Callender, Manager Paul Walden; 3rd row – Treasurer Richard Rankin, Chaplain Don Reynolds, Manager Ernie Coggins (no camera image); later arrivals were Registrar Rich Sherman and Manager Dave Thomas.

We held our Chapter meeting this month at the Omni Hotel in Richmond during the VASSAR Annual Meeting

Speakers: Ms. McGowan (Mackie) Storage (President, National Society Children of the American Revolution), Ms. Alexandra Salley (“The Roar of the Revolution”), Mr. James O’Kelley / Mr. Patrick Kelly / Mr. Mark Brennan (SAR 2020 Congress-- Richmond)

2018 GWSAR Chapter Events

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Thanks to our WAA Committee Chairman Jack Coulter, our Chapter participated extensively in Wreaths Across America Project. We were able to raise $2,005 in donations for wreaths and our members placed wreaths at three national cemeteries. Mike Hoffman participated in the WAA Family Day (Dec. 13) at Arlington National Cemetery. On Saturday, December 17, 2021 at Alexandria National Cemetery, Richard Rankin, Jack Coulter, John Brigden, Rand Pixa, and Ernie Coggins placed wreaths. President Jay Henn placed wreaths at Quantico National Cemetery, Sunday, December 20, 2020.

Sons of the American Revolution Awards 2020. Investigator Steven Matthews received the Law Enforcement Commendation Medal and Detective Betty Sixsmith received the Silver Good Citizenship Medal on December 10, 2020, for their hard work and dedication.

Veterans Day Wreath Laying General George Washington’s Tomb November 11, 2020

On October 24, the George Washington Chapter memorialized three patriots of the American Revolution, John Longden, John Sloan, and Joseph Smith, at a grave marking ceremony at Trinity United Methodist Church Cemetery in Alexandria. Pastor Grace Han delivered the invocation. Paul Walden, Grave Marking Chairman, served as Master of Ceremonies. Wreaths were presented by the following SAR and DAR chapters: George Washington VASSAR, Kate Waller Barrett VADAR, Col. William Grayson VASSAR, George Mason VASSAR, and George Mason VADAR. The markers were then dedicated by VASSAR Historian, Thomas M. Roth, III. Andrew and Jack Mills served as Color Guards by posting the colors.

Yorktown Day is the observance of the last battle of the Revolutionary War, or at least the surrender of the British forces for those that don't agree that it was the last battle. The festivities are held on October 19th, and include a parade, reenactments, speakers from various historical organizations, and grave markings

George Washington Chapter Meeting Speaker: Dr. Benjamin Franklin (Barry Stevens) “Making of a Patriot – The Hutchinson Letters Leak and the Privy Council"

September 18-19, 2020–Friday-Saturday: VASSAR Mid-Year Meeting Berry Hill Resort and Conference Center South Boston, VA

Our September Zoom meeting and luncheon was a success. Our speaker was chapter Webmaster, Jamie Callender, a senior systems engineer within the defense arena. Jamie spoke about the new NSSAR Patriot Research System (PRS), which details our revolutionary war lineages and biographies of our Patriots. The PRS is a dynamic, evolving NSSAR capability focused on honoring and preserving the memory of our Patriots.

The George Washington Chapter, Virginia Society, Sons of the American Revolution hosted the 59th Annual July 4 Celebrations. Due to COVID-19 health and safety concerns, we had to make some significant changes in our usual events. We placed a Wreath at the General’s Tomb; however, this was done very early morning, and due to Social Distancing Requirements, was limited in attendance to only the principals. The Wreath Presentation was recorded and shown during our main event. We then hosted a Virtual Celebration by ZOOM commencing at 11:30 AM. This generally followed the format of our traditional Tomb Grove Ceremonies. We invited SAR, DAR, and CAR Chapters to symbolically place their own wreaths by ZOOM.

On 13 June 2020, the Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution sponsored a multichapter grave marking in Rileyville, VA. The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) honor the memory of Revolutionary War Patriots by placing a marker next to their headstone and having a formal ceremony to recognize the occasion. The grave marked on Saturday belongs to Private William Robertson, a member of the 3rd Maryland Flying Camp Battalion. Compatriot Ernie Coggins participated and presented the George Washington Chapter wreath to honor the service of Patriot Robertson.

The George Washington Chapter held a "first ever" a virtual Chapter meeting on Saturday, May 16th using Zoom.

G.W. Chapter Board of Managers held via Zoom app on April 8th. The attendees shown are (left to right): top row – scrapbook chair Jack Coulter’s cellphone, Secretary Rand Pixa, President Jay Henn; 2nd row – Vice-President Tom Roth, Webmaster Jamie Callender, Manager Paul Walden; 3rd row – Treasurer Richard Rankin, Chaplain Don Reynolds, Manager Ernie Coggins (no camera image); later arrivals were Registrar Rich Sherman and Manager Dave Thomas.

We held our Chapter meeting this month at the Omni Hotel in Richmond during the VASSAR Annual Meeting

Speakers: Ms. McGowan (Mackie) Storage (President, National Society Children of the American Revolution), Ms. Alexandra Salley (“The Roar of the Revolution”), Mr. James O’Kelley / Mr. Patrick Kelly / Mr. Mark Brennan (SAR 2020 Congress-- Richmond)

2017 GWSAR Chapter Events

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Thanks to our WAA Committee Chairman Jack Coulter, our Chapter participated extensively in Wreaths Across America Project. We were able to raise $2,005 in donations for wreaths and our members placed wreaths at three national cemeteries. Mike Hoffman participated in the WAA Family Day (Dec. 13) at Arlington National Cemetery. On Saturday, December 17, 2021 at Alexandria National Cemetery, Richard Rankin, Jack Coulter, John Brigden, Rand Pixa, and Ernie Coggins placed wreaths. President Jay Henn placed wreaths at Quantico National Cemetery, Sunday, December 20, 2020.

Sons of the American Revolution Awards 2020. Investigator Steven Matthews received the Law Enforcement Commendation Medal and Detective Betty Sixsmith received the Silver Good Citizenship Medal on December 10, 2020, for their hard work and dedication.

Veterans Day Wreath Laying General George Washington’s Tomb November 11, 2020

On October 24, the George Washington Chapter memorialized three patriots of the American Revolution, John Longden, John Sloan, and Joseph Smith, at a grave marking ceremony at Trinity United Methodist Church Cemetery in Alexandria. Pastor Grace Han delivered the invocation. Paul Walden, Grave Marking Chairman, served as Master of Ceremonies. Wreaths were presented by the following SAR and DAR chapters: George Washington VASSAR, Kate Waller Barrett VADAR, Col. William Grayson VASSAR, George Mason VASSAR, and George Mason VADAR. The markers were then dedicated by VASSAR Historian, Thomas M. Roth, III. Andrew and Jack Mills served as Color Guards by posting the colors.

Yorktown Day is the observance of the last battle of the Revolutionary War, or at least the surrender of the British forces for those that don't agree that it was the last battle. The festivities are held on October 19th, and include a parade, reenactments, speakers from various historical organizations, and grave markings

George Washington Chapter Meeting Speaker: Dr. Benjamin Franklin (Barry Stevens) “Making of a Patriot – The Hutchinson Letters Leak and the Privy Council"

September 18-19, 2020–Friday-Saturday: VASSAR Mid-Year Meeting Berry Hill Resort and Conference Center South Boston, VA

Our September Zoom meeting and luncheon was a success. Our speaker was chapter Webmaster, Jamie Callender, a senior systems engineer within the defense arena. Jamie spoke about the new NSSAR Patriot Research System (PRS), which details our revolutionary war lineages and biographies of our Patriots. The PRS is a dynamic, evolving NSSAR capability focused on honoring and preserving the memory of our Patriots.

The George Washington Chapter, Virginia Society, Sons of the American Revolution hosted the 59th Annual July 4 Celebrations. Due to COVID-19 health and safety concerns, we had to make some significant changes in our usual events. We placed a Wreath at the General’s Tomb; however, this was done very early morning, and due to Social Distancing Requirements, was limited in attendance to only the principals. The Wreath Presentation was recorded and shown during our main event. We then hosted a Virtual Celebration by ZOOM commencing at 11:30 AM. This generally followed the format of our traditional Tomb Grove Ceremonies. We invited SAR, DAR, and CAR Chapters to symbolically place their own wreaths by ZOOM.

On 13 June 2020, the Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution sponsored a multichapter grave marking in Rileyville, VA. The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) honor the memory of Revolutionary War Patriots by placing a marker next to their headstone and having a formal ceremony to recognize the occasion. The grave marked on Saturday belongs to Private William Robertson, a member of the 3rd Maryland Flying Camp Battalion. Compatriot Ernie Coggins participated and presented the George Washington Chapter wreath to honor the service of Patriot Robertson.

The George Washington Chapter held a "first ever" a virtual Chapter meeting on Saturday, May 16th using Zoom.

G.W. Chapter Board of Managers held via Zoom app on April 8th. The attendees shown are (left to right): top row – scrapbook chair Jack Coulter’s cellphone, Secretary Rand Pixa, President Jay Henn; 2nd row – Vice-President Tom Roth, Webmaster Jamie Callender, Manager Paul Walden; 3rd row – Treasurer Richard Rankin, Chaplain Don Reynolds, Manager Ernie Coggins (no camera image); later arrivals were Registrar Rich Sherman and Manager Dave Thomas.

We held our Chapter meeting this month at the Omni Hotel in Richmond during the VASSAR Annual Meeting

Speakers: Ms. McGowan (Mackie) Storage (President, National Society Children of the American Revolution), Ms. Alexandra Salley (“The Roar of the Revolution”), Mr. James O’Kelley / Mr. Patrick Kelly / Mr. Mark Brennan (SAR 2020 Congress-- Richmond)