D.C. Society of the Sons of the American Revolution
The District of Columbia Society, Sons of the American Revolution is committed to honoring the brave legacy of our forefathers in their quest for American independence.
Through its activities, programs and ceremonies, the DCSSAR continues its more than century old service to the Washington, DC community.
Operating as usual
As the senior vice president of DCSAR, it gave me great pride this morning to witness the initiation ceremony of my daughter, my sister, my granddaughter and my niece into the Eleanor Wilson Chapter of DAR. DCDAR State Regent Cindy Hays administered the Oath of Membership.
Holiday Message from DCSAR President Joel P. Hinzman
Kognition Keeps US IT Infrastructure Secure; An innovative partnership between DCSAR Compatriot Colin Timbers and his wife DCDAR member Catherine Timbers.
Honoring our Veterans message from the DCSAR President Joel Hinzman
Jonathan Elias (an award-winning journalist who has been recognized both nationally and locally) on WJLA's 7Salutes this Friday (10/23/20) at 5 pm. He will be featuring Chip Nordlinger, State President of the District of Columbia Children of the American Revolution and his service project, Fish and Chip to benefit veterans in our nation's capital. He is partnering with US Vets to feed homeless veterans and the Armed Forces Retirement Home to support their veteran residents’ recreational therapy needs. We continue to support our young members of C.A.R.
Yorktown Victory Picnic
Yorktown Victory Celebration Picnic, Fort Ward Park, Alexandria, VA.
Please see the attached information regarding our 2020 Yorktown Victory Celebration Picnic to be held on October 18, 2020 at Fort Ward in Alexandria, VA. Please RSVP and secure tickets at [email protected].
D.C. Society of the Sons of the American Revolution
Two SAR Law Enforcement Commendation and Medals were presented to the Metropolitan Police Department Chief of Police Pete Newsham, who received for the officers who were unable to attend the ceremony on September 22, 2020.
DCSAR events published in the Summer 2020 edition of The SAR Magazine.
From time to time, we will share with you in our "Who We Are" series, information about members who currently hold DCSAR leadership positions or who held such positions in the past.
On Saturday, August 8, 2020, DCSAR hosted the Virtual 2020 District Meeting of the AMSC. 125 members from 6 States and the District of Columbia were participants. The on-line meeting was successful and occurred without any technical difficulties.
We have a new look on our organizational webpage. Please visit us at the link below.
SAR Law Enforcement Commendation and Medal was presented to the family of deceased Metropolitan Police Officer Robert Fleet during the 68th Annual DCSAR Commemoration of Elbridge Gerry today at the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, DC. The event was covered by NBC4 and should air this evening.
Congratulations from DCSAR to Mrs. Cindy Hays for her installation as State Regent of DCDAR.
Please see the below message from the DCSAR President Joel Patrick Hinzman regarding the 245th Anniversary of the birth of the US Army on June 14th.
Memorial Day Message from DCSAR President Joel Hinzman
Coverage of the DCSAR sponsored 2020 Sweethearts and Patriots Gala in the Spring 2020 Edition of the SAR Magazine.
DC SAR virtual BOM on 5/4/20. No, I was not in Bermuda during the meeting.
The District of Columbia Sons of the American Revolution held its Installation of Officers ceremony on Sunday, April 19, 2020 at 7:45 pm. The black-tie-with-regalia virtual event was simulcast to each member’s home through the marvels of modern technology, specifically the Zoom application. The ceremony was preceded by a brief cocktail period.
The meeting was called to order by DCSAR President Lane D. Brooks followed by the invocation offered by Assistant Chaplain Rev. Dr. John D. Stonesifer. Cindy Hays, DC DAR State Regent-elect, presented the American flag from her living room, and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by DCSAR Vice President William O. Ritchie. NSSAR Vice President General Ernest L Sutton administered the oath of office to the newly-elected officers. Brief remarks were made by incoming DCSAR President Joel P. Hinzman, who then led the membership in a toast appropriate to the occasion.
The District of Columbia Sons of the American Revolution held its virtual Installation of Officers along with a Happy Hour on the evening of April 19, 2020. New officers were sworn in by NSSAR Vice President General Ernie Sutton of Pennsylvania at the black tie with regalia (optional) event.
Results of the recent DCSAR on line elections
DCSAR Events and the Covid-19 Virus message from the DCSAR President is attached.
Additional 2020 Sweethearts and Patriots Gala photos
The Embassy of France in the Georgetown section of Washington, DC was the location of the District of Columbia Society Sons of the American Revolution 2020 Sweethearts and Patriots Gala for the second consecutive year. The sixth annual Gala occurred on February 8, 2020. The 2020 gala beneficiaries are the Code of Support Foundation and Terre Fraternité.
His Excellency, the French Ambassador to the United States, Philippe Noël Marie Marc Étienne joined the 2020 Sweethearts and Patriots Gala as Honorary Chair.
Guests were greeted and welcomed by DCSSAR President Lane D. Brooks and were treated to a rendition of the French National Anthem by Colonel Remi Bouzereau, Military Attaché at the Embassy of France.
The most captivating presentation was made by D.J. Skelton, Chairman of the Defense Language Foundation, who served in the US Army from 1996 to 2018. He was severely wounded in 2004 while leading a rifle infantry platoon in Fallujah, Iraq. After his recovery, DJ dedicated himself to advancing the causes of wounded veterans. He served as a military advisor to the Deputy Secretary of Defense and as a Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, advising on wounded warrior policy and veterans issues. He talked about his many personal challenges as wounded warrior and his gratification to the many organizations that support disabled veterans such our Code of Support and Terre Fraternité.
Among the attendees was Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient Dawn Halfaker, who is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Halfaker (https://www.facebook.com/Halfaker/) and Associates, one of the Gala Corporate Sponsors.
Pictures from the Gala are in the album.
Our 2020 Sweethearts and Patriots Gala Corporate Sponsors.
For Black History Month, lets go back about 300 years and review the story of Fourteen Free Patriots of Color, reprinted from the Fall 2016 edition of the SAR Magazine. In the early part of the 18th century, a group of free men of color and their families from Maryland and Virginia migrated to the eastern shores of North Carolina in search of new farmland, establishing the community of Harlowe.
In the latter part of the 18th century, the American Revolution began. The settlers in Harlowe were mostly farmers and were free men. They choose to send 14 of their men who volunteered to fight in the revolution for freedom from the British. They fought in the battles around New York and New Jersey including Valley Forge, where the American Army was born. Some of these patriots manned the garrison at Fort Hancock at Cape Lookout, the only fort constructed in North Carolina during the Revolutionary War.
In 1775, General George Washington, signed an order forbidding the recruitment of black in the Revolutionary War. He later had to rescind the order and reportedly as many as 15 to 25 percent on his continental army consisted of slaves and free men of color, who performed at heroic levels.
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French National Anthem
Memorial Day Parade 2019
2019 Memorial Day Parade, SAR segment aired on national television
VP Elbridge Gerry Ceremony July 4, 2018
VP Gerry Ceremony held at the Congressional Cemetery. Gerry is the only signer of the Declaration of Independence buried in the District of Columbia. New SAR members were also inducted.
DCSSAR in News Report from Houston, TX
Houston, TX television station KPRC report on July 4, 2017 DCSSAR event
A scenic area within Fort Ward Museum and Park located in Alexandria, VA was the location of the 1st Yorktown Victory Celebration Picnic sponsored by DCSAR. The picnic commenced at 11:00 am on October 18, 2020 where all guests wore mask and practiced social distancing. The event celebrated the 238th anniversary of the American Victory at Yorktown and the major contributions to its success by France and French Heroes to the Revolution. Guests either brought their own lunch or were served a picnic box.
DCSAR President Joel P. Hinzman provided the following overview: “On September 28, 1781, General George Washington, commanding a force of 17,000 French and Continental troops, began the siege known as the Battle of Yorktown against British General Lord Charles Cornwallis and a contingent of 9,000 British troops at Yorktown, Virginia, in the most important battle of the Revolutionary War. With the opening of forty-one Allied guns on October 9, 1781, Cornwallis' position, already tenuous, was made so indefensible that surrender negotiations started less than a week later on October 17.
The surrender of over 7,000 British troops on October 19, 1781 did not end the war. The end came in 1783 after Washington moved back to New York City, with the Peace of Paris signed by a British government installed largely as a result of Washington's victory.
In truth, Washington commanded an allied army, in which the French component was very important. A French army expeditionary force had been stationed in New England since 1780, and soldiers from this French contingent (when combined with others brought up from the West Indies) comprised nearly half of Washington’s forces. Cornwallis refused to attend the surrender ceremony, citing “illness” so his second in command, Brigadier General Charles O’Hara led the British army on to the field. In a symbolically important gesture, O’Hara had tried to surrender to the Comte de Rochambeau, the French commander, only for Rochambeau diplomatically to insist that he was merely an American auxiliary. The reluctant O’Hara therefore offered his sword to Washington, who in turn insisted that his second-in-command should take the British surrender. Rochambeau followed military etiquette to the letter, but by doing so created a misleading impression of the French contribution.
Not only did French heavy artillery relentlessly pound Cornwallis’s defensive works, but French troops played a key part in capturing an important British redoubt. But before this moment, the French navy had sealed Cornwallis’s fate by leaving him trapped and without realistic hope of help.
So today, the day before the 238thanniversary of the American and French forces victory at Yorktown, we celebrate the triumph of the alliance that is still strong to this day, that of the United States and France.”
Two new members were inducted during the celebration. Timothy Maurice Reardon of Alexandria, VA is the 3rd great grandson of Jared Ingersoll, who served as a member of the Continental Congress in 1780 and 1781 and also an aide-de-camp to the Governor of Pennsylvania. Douglas Bunton Tomb of Falls Church, VA is the 4th great grandson of Private Josiah Moody, who served in Col. John Stark’s New Hampshire Regiment. They are pictured above with DCSAR President Hinzman, DCSAR Secretary Paul Hays and Mrs. Beverly Tomb, a member of the Eleanor Wilson Chapter, DCDAR. Masks were temporarily removed during the photo shoot.
The posthumous memorial inductee was Daniel Pierson Redmond (d. July 2018) who was the 4th great grandson of Moses Felt, a private in two different companies of the Massachusetts militia. Compatriot Sean Redmond was presented with his father’s certificate.
Compatriot Tom Readmond was presented with certificates representing seven approved supplemental applications bringing his total proven Patriot Ancestors to fifteen.
Concluding, guests joined President Hinzman in raising a glass in a toast to France, General Rochambeau, the Marquis de Lafayette and the French Forces, General George Washington, and to the United States.
SONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION LOGO CONTEST
I am pleased to announce the Sons of the American Revolution National Logo contest. The SAR is looking for a graphic designer or artist to help us design a logo that represents our values, purpose and mission. The logo will be used globally to represent what the Sons of the American Revolution stand for on merchandise .letter head, banners, flags, promotional pieces and our website. The winning logo will be selected by the SAR Executive committee and the winner will receive a $5000 honorarium. There will be two $1000 prizes for the 2nd and 3rd runners up .Logos must be submitted by midnight December 31, 2019. Please visit our contest web site for more details on how to submit your designs. Good Luck!
Compatriot Bill Ritchie with US Capitol Police Special Agent David Bailey who received the Law Enforcement Commendation Medal on the 4th of July 2017.