D.C. Society of the Sons of the American Revolution

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.
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Through its activities, programs and ceremonies, the DCSSAR continues its more than century old service to the Washington, DC community.

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As the senior vice president of DCSAR, it gave me great pride this morning to witness the initiation ceremony of my daug...
01/16/2021

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
12/20/2020

Holiday Message from DCSAR President Joel P. Hinzman

Virtual dinner pictures
12/06/2020

Virtual dinner pictures

DCSAR 2020 Virtual Holiday Dinner
12/06/2020

DCSAR 2020 Virtual Holiday Dinner

Kognition Keeps US IT Infrastructure Secure; An innovative partnership between DCSAR Compatriot Colin Timbers and his wi...
11/14/2020

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
11/11/2020

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...
10/21/2020

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
10/20/2020

Yorktown Victory Picnic

Yorktown Victory Celebration Picnic, Fort Ward Park, Alexandria, VA.
10/20/2020

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, 202...
10/12/2020

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
10/04/2020

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 Pet...
10/02/2020

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.
09/11/2020

DCSAR events published in the Summer 2020 edition of The SAR Magazine.

08/26/2020

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 t...
08/09/2020

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.

SAR Law Enforcement Commendation and Medal was presented to the family of deceased Metropolitan Police Officer Robert Fl...
07/04/2020

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.
06/28/2020

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 ...
06/12/2020

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
05/25/2020

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.
05/21/2020

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.
05/05/2020

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,...
04/30/2020

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 Ho...
04/20/2020

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
03/19/2020

Results of the recent DCSAR on line elections

DCSAR Events and the Covid-19 Virus message from the DCSAR President is attached.
03/13/2020

DCSAR Events and the Covid-19 Virus message from the DCSAR President is attached.

Additional 2020 Sweethearts and Patriots Gala photos
02/11/2020

Additional 2020 Sweethearts and Patriots Gala photos

02/09/2020

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.

Gala photographs
02/09/2020

Gala photographs

Gala photographs

Our 2020 Sweethearts and Patriots Gala Corporate Sponsors.
02/06/2020

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...
02/02/2020

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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Yorktown Victory Celebration Picnic

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.

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I have written the first song ever to put music to our "Declaration of Independence" (July 4, 1776) ! This song has free plays and free downloads without any sign-in, so DCSSAR can upload it as a playable link on the DCSSAR website via: https://www.google.com/search?q=tv+john&rlz=1C1CHZL_enUS723US723&oq=tv+john&aqs=chrome..69i57j35i39l2j0l5.2399j0j8&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 [Facebook has mistakenly blocked the link to my TV John music website.]
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.