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2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

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Wreaths Across America - 17 Dec 2022

G.W. Chapter compatriots participating in the Wreaths Across America ceremony at Alexandria National Cemetery.

Chapter Meeting - 10 Dec 2022

Bruce Meyer, VASSAR President, was our featured speaker for this joint meeting, held with the George Mason Chapter.  

Plaque Dedication Certificate of Recognition - 10 Dec 2022

In 2017, as part of the Fairfax Counties 275 Anniversary Celebration, Compatriot Jamie Callender led a project to identify Revolutionary War dead from Fairfax County.  As a result of his efforts and support from the GW Chapter, a plaque was placed on an existing monument in their honor at the old Fairfax County Courthouse.  In January 2018 the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors issue a Certificate of Recognition to Jamie in thanks for his efforts.

The Certificate was presented to Jamie at the December Joint Chapter Meeting by Tom Roth.

247th Commemoration of the Battle of Great Bridge - 03 Dec 2022

Held at Battlefield Park South, which is near the original site of the Battle of Great Bridge. The Battle of Great Bridge took place on December 9, 1775.  A wreath-laying ceremony was held and GWSAR was an active participant.

Wreath Laying - Tomb of George Washington - 11 Nov 2022

GWSAR held the annual Mount Vernon Veteran's Day Wreath laying at the Tomb of George Washington on 11 Nov 2022.

Grave Marking - Patriot John Carlyle - 30 Oct 2022

Fairfax Resolves Chapter, VSSAR, marked the grave of Patriot John Carlyle in the Old Presbyterian Meeting House Grave Yard (Old Town Alexandria).  John Carlyle was a signer of the Fairfax Resolves.

Ernie Coggins as First Vice President of VASSAR presented greetings on behalf of VASSAR President Bruce Meyer.  GW President Richard Rankin led the assemblage in the Pledge of Allegiance.

VASSAR 1st VP Coggins and President Rankin paid respects to John Carlyle’s Grave and placed a wreath on behalf of the George Washington Chapter.

In 2006 the George Washington Chapter, VASSAR and the St. Andrews Society placed a Plaque honoring all of the Patriots buried in the Old Presbyterian Meeting House Graveyard.

John Chapman Hunter & Willaim Whitaker Grave-marking, October 15, 2022

PG Pickette Visits Tomb of the Unknown Soldier - 18 Sep 2022

President General C. Bruce Pickette laid a wreath on behalf of the SAR at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery on September 10.  The tomb contains the remains of the unknown soldiers of World War I, World War II and the Korean War. The Unknown Soldier from World War I was interred on Nov. 11, 1921.

PG Pickette was escorted by soldiers from The Old Guard and accompanied by Virginia Society 1st Vice President, Ernie Coggins; George Washington Chapter President Richard Rankin; and Virginia Color Guard Vice Commander for the Northern Region, Brett Osborn. The Virginia Color Guard provided a guard of honor for the participants along the stairs leading to the tomb.

It was a very special day for all of those who witness this revered wreath laying. The George Washington Chapter of the Virginia SAR is honored to host this iconic ceremony for the President General each year.

VASSAR - Semi-Annual Meeting - 16-17 Sep 2022

VASSAR Semi-Annual Meeting was held at Colonial Williamsburg on Sept 16-18. On Friday afternoon, the General Membership Session opened and there were administrative specific workshops.  On Saturday morning, the meeting attendees traveled to the Yorktown Battlefield Visitor’s Center for a plaque dedication jointly with the Virginia C.A.R.  

During the Awards Ceremony the Chapter earned the Flag Retirement Certificate, Richard Rankin receiving the Patriot Grave Marking Medal, Craig Batten receiving the Patriot Graves Preservation Medal, and Richard Sherman receiving yet another Oak Leaf Cluster to his Liberty Medal.

George Washington Chapter Summer Working Meeting - 20 Aug 2022

The meeting was led by President Rankin and focused on the upcoming events for our Chapter for the remainder of 2022.  Reports were presented by Chapter Officers, Board of Manager members and Committee Chairman.  Special topic addressed were Public Safety Awards, Chapter participation with the Patriot Research System data cleaning efforts, the Americanism Report, a Forgotten Patriots proposal, the Chapter budget, vacant Committee Chairs, and a proposal changing the SAR attire for Summer events.  

Prince William County EMS and Fire Safety Awards - Aug 2022

EMS awards

  • 7262 - Technician I Kenneth Creighton
  • 7264 - Lieutenant Matthew McClurg

Fire Safety awards

  • 7266 - Lieutenant Kevin Dodson
  • 7267 - Technician II, Stephen Melville
  • 7268 - Nick Gonnella
  • 7270 - Technician II, James Spengler
  • 7272 - Technician I Aaron Kearns

Heroism Award - Cager Mackaravitz & Jordan Flasher - 16 Aug 2022

In the early morning hours of 02 February 2021, a structure fire occurred in Dumfries, Virginia. While enroute, Communications informed units that there was a person unaccounted for and believed to be trapped in the house. Technicians Mackaravitz and Flasher forced entry through a back door of the residence to mount a search the missing resident. Within several minutes of entering the burning home, in zero visibility and high heat conditions, Technician Mackaravitz located an unconscious adult. Technicians Mackaravitz and Flasher worked to remove the fire victim to the rear of the burning home where they immediately began resuscitation efforts. It is because of their dedication and professionalism that they provided the fire victim their best chance for survival. Unfortunately, after outstanding performance and resuscitation efforts, the fire victim succumbed to their injuries at the hospital.


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Fairfax Resolves Commemoration Pohick Church - 23 Jul 2022

Fairfax Resolves Chapter event attended by Ernie Coggins, Tom Roth, Richard Rankin, and Bill Bland.  Ernie spoke on behalf of the Virginia Society as First VP and received the medal from the Fairfax Resolves Chapter as a member of their charitable arm, the 1774 Society.  Richard Rankin presented a wreath on behalf of the GW Chapter and led the SAR recessional.  Bill Bland took pictures from the balcony and Tom Roth from the pews.

Marking of the Grave of Patriot John Wallace - 14 Aug 2022

This grave marking was conducted at the Wallace Family Cemetery Stafford, VA by the Fielding Lewis Chapter, VASSAR. Richard Rankin and Tom Roth attended the Marking of the Grave of Patriot John Wallace in the restored Wallace Family Graveyard near Stafford, Virginia. 

This event was sponsored by the Fielding Lewis Chapter in Fredericksburg.  President Rankin presented a wreath on behalf of the George Washington Chapter.  The Graveyard and Patriot Wallace’s Gravestone were restored by the efforts of Wallace family members and the members of the Fielding Lewis Chapter after its near destruction by new subdivision developers.  Members of the Wallace family helped to unveil the marker.

Public Service Award - Master Deputy Carmen Zygmunt - 3 Aug 2022

Now in her 25th year of service with the Alexandria Sheriff's Office, Master Deputy Carmen Zygmunt represents the very best in her service to the public and to her fellow deputies.  Deputy Zygmunt's experience and extensive knowledge of both Detention Center and Judicial operations make her a tremendous asset to the Sheriff's Office, but her professionalism and genuine concern for others allow her to truly make a lasting impact. She trains civilian courthouse employees on how to keep the judges safe.  She is the lead for courthouse fire safety and compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act. Her knowledge of accreditation and compliance standards is extremely impressive.  For her professionalism and leadership, the G.W. Chapter, VASSAR, was honored to present her with this award.

62nd March to the Tomb, Mount Vernon, July 4, 2022

Memorial Day Parade - Washington DC - 30 May 2022

The event included SAR Presidents along with the National CAR President. Richard Rankin (President George Washington Chapter), Davis Wright (NSSAR President General), National C.A.R. President, Bruce Meyer (VASSAR President), William Elston (V.S.C.A.R. President), Joe Dooley (past NSSAR President General).  Will Elston and Joe Dooley are also members of the George Washington Chapter .

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, Virginia.

President Rankin attended and presented a wreath.

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. 

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, Virginia.

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.

Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution, February 21, 2022

Alexandria George Washington Birthday Parade - 21 Feb 2022

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George Washington Birthday Parade, Alexandria, Virginia, February 21, 2022

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


The VASSAR Youth Awards February 12, 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.

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

February Chapter Meeting - HYBRID

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

The guest speaker was Dr. Doug Bradburn, President & CEO of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens.

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

January Chapter Meeting - HYBRID

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

The 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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