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- 11:00 AM-12:00 PMDecember 02, 2017
109 N Battlefield Blvd, Chesapeake, VA 23320, USA109 N Battlefield Blvd, Chesapeake, VA 23320, USA
242nd Anniversary Commemoration of the Battle of Great Bridge
This year the entire commemoration will take place on Saturday, December 2, 2017 only. (There will be no Friday evening reception as in the past.)
The three major activities:
1) The formal NSSAR Commemoration of the Battle of Great Bridge will start at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 02, 2017, in Great Bridge Battlefield Park, Chesapeake, VA. Dr. Phil Hamilton of Christopher Newport University, will speak on the history of the Battle of Great Bridge and Its Pivotal Importance. The ceremony will include the 64th annual wreath laying led by Great Bridge Chapter N.S.D.A.R. The formal ceremonies will conclude by noon.
Those chapters wishing to participate in the laying of wreaths and have their chapter and representative(s) recognized in the program brochure must provide that information to Ken Hawkins at email@example.com no later than Tuesday, November 14, 2017.
2. Norfolk Chapter SAR will host a luncheon immediately after the ceremony at Vino’s Italian Restaurant (located just across the bridge on Battlefield Boulevard – same location as last year). Food and drink will be “Dutch treat.” We are planning on at least 50 attending. There will be no speaker but it will be a time of good fellowship.
3. SAR color guard members and uniformed compatriots may march in the City of Chesapeake’s Christmas Parade. This starts at 6:00 p.m. and is still under discussion at this point. Because it is at the end of a very full day, only 6 attended last year.
On Saturday afternoon, all compatriots are encouraged to visit the colorful re-enactment of the battle and the re-enactor encampment on Saturday afternoon. Docents will be available for tours of Great Bridge Battlefield Park and the reenactment site all day Saturday and Sunday. Participants may also visit the Norfolk Chapter information/recruitment booth at the reenactment site.
As in the past, Great Bridge Presbyterian Church has offered its sanctuary for our formal ceremony in case of inclement weather. The weather in December is unpredictable, but our ceremony will proceed regardless of the weather.
242nd Anniversary Commemoration of the Battle of Great Bridge
Please bring your wreaths. To improve the flow and dignity of formal ceremony, only two wreaths will be carried to the DAR marker in Great Bridge Battlefield Park, one each by the senior representative of the SAR and the senior representative of the DAR. However, every attending SAR and DAR chapter or state society will be encouraged to set its wreath around the DAR monument prior to the start of the ceremony. Each organization will be recognized for laying its wreath, during the ceremony and in the program.
Medals. A SAR medal commemorating the Battle of Great Bridge will be available to all compatriots attending.
The Founders Inn and Spa will host our group. The hotel address is 5641 Indian River Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23464. Please be sure to book by November 14th to receive the special group rate of $84.00 (std. colonial queen) or $94.00 (std. colonial double) per room per night + tax.
Please call the hotel toll-free at 1-800-926-4466 and ask for the Sons of the American Revolution Group Rate.
If You Would Like To Book Your Room Via The Internet Please Use This Link:
The Group code is: 568162
Visit the hotel website http://www.foundersinn.com for hotel info (directions, amenities, dining, room details, etc.) or call the hotel’s main number at 757-366-5700 for a hotel brochure.
Please book at the Founders Inn and Spa as soon as you can. This is most important so you don’t lose the great rate we received.11:00 AM-12:00 PMDecember 02, 2017
2225 Russell State Park Dr, Elberton, GA 30635, USA2225 Russell State Park Dr, Elberton, GA 30635, USA
As you drive along the borders between Northwestern South Carolina and Northeastern Georgia, you will begin to notice place-names that look as if they were torn directly from some of the better-written history books of the Revolutionary War (Andersen, Hartwell County, Elberton). These books cover historic battles and skirmishes that have long been overlooked but are now coming to the light of day. Such a conflict was the Battle of Vann’s Creek at Cherokee Ford, located near modern-day Elberton, Georgia.
Authors Note: Vann’s Creek was a small battle during the American Revolution in the South which occurred February 11th, 1779, just 3 days before the Patriot’s Victory at Kettle Creek. Some of the same commanders and troops at Vann’s Creek also fought at the battle of Kettle Creek. (This ceremony is always celebrated on the first Saturday in December).
Colonel Boyd had been commissioned by Sir Henry Clinton to raise a band of Loyalists to march to the royal standard in Georgia. Starting out in North Carolina, he was joined by other Tory forces along the march so that his company numbered about 600 men. He initially tried to cross the Savannah River at McGowan’s blockhouse, but was repulsed by a small militia force using swivel guns. Boyd then moved upriver to Vann’s Creek where he was engaged by Patriot forces under the command of captains Robert Andersen, William Baskin, John Miller and Joseph Pickens. The Patriots numbered only 100 men against Boyd’s 600, and while Andersen’s men fought a determined and heated battle, the Loyalists were soon in a position to flank Andersen’s force, so he ordered a general retreat. Boyd lost about 100 men, some of them desertions of militiamen who returned to their homes in South Carolina. Although they ostensibly lost the battle, the Patriots weakened Boyd’s force sufficiently enough to cause him a later loss at Kettle Creek.
The Georgia Society of the SAR has been at the forefront of an effort to bring such history before the public. They have published a number of historical brochures detailing the American Revolution in Georgia. There are now 8 events on their list of battles. In addition, the GASSAR Color Guard makes their august appearance at nearly all of these events, adding color, dignity, and esprit de corps to the celebrations. The event organizers engaged David Reuwer, the Publisher of the American Revolution Association as their 2009 Keynote Speaker and he brought down the house! See here their latest gathering to honor the men who strived so gallantly against greater odds at Vann’s Creek and Cherokee Ford.
A complete Photo Gallery that chronicles this event can be viewed here.
Photographs were taken by LCDR Bob Yankle, Staff Photographer, American Revolution Association and member of the NSSAR Historic Sites and Celebrations Committee.
You can view a select few images from the event in the gallery below. Click on an image to enlarge it in your viewer.
For a good history of the Battle of Vann’s Creek – Cherokee Ford visit the web page:
This history was is linked directly from the Georgia Society’s web site
- 11:30 AM-4:00 PMDecember 03, 2017
1100 Hamilton St, Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870, USA1100 Hamilton St, Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870, USA
The City of Roanoke Rapids has requested an SAR Color Guard lead the 2017 Christmas Parade. The parade will be held at 2:00 pm, Sunday, December 3, 2017. The Color Guard will assemble in the South parking lot of the Kirkwood Adams Center, 1100 Hamilton St., Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870 at 1:15 and must be in place to march at 1:45. This is a 1.5 mile march.
A pre-event Dutch treat luncheon will be held at Ralph’s BBQ, 1400 Julian R. Allsbrook Road, Weldon, NC 27890, at 11:30. For further information, contact Ken Wilson at (252) 537-5406 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- 11:30 AM-1:00 PMDecember 16, 2017
http://www.ncssar.org/event/wreaths-across-america-oakwood/Dear Compatriots,Please join us for Wreaths Across America at Oakwood Cemetery on Saturday, December 16th for the annual Wreaths across America celebration in the cemetery’s Field of Honor. We will read the SAR President’s Proclamation and may provide Color Guard services. After which we will assist in placing wreaths on the veteran’s graves.Robert Sigmon, PresidentRaleigh ChapterNorth Carolina SocietySons of the American Revolution(919) 349-8245________________________________________________________________________Oakwood Cemetery
Veteran Field of Honor (north end of cemetery)
701 Oakwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27601
Saturday, December 16th between 12:00 noon until 1:00.Please try to arrive by 11:30.Dress is Blue Blazer or Period Clothing
Please plan to attend an informal Meeting and Lunch at Ruth and Glenn Sappie’s home afterwards the wreath celebration. Their address is 117 North Bloodworth St, Raleigh, NC 2760111:30 AM-2:00 PMDecember 16, 2017
201-221 Government Rd, Salisbury, NC 28144, USA201-221 Government Rd, Salisbury, NC 28144, USA
Wreaths Across America
Salisbury National Cemetery12:00 PM-1:15 PMDecember 16, 2017
3700 Forest Lawn Dr, Matthews, NC, United States3700 Forest Lawn Dr, Matthews, NC, United States
Join the Mecklenburg chapter for the annual Wreaths Across America ceremony and Veterans wreath laying ceremony at Forest Lawn East Cemetery, 3700 Forest Lawn Drive, Matthews, NC 28104 beginning at 12 noon. Color Guard is encouraged to attend. To participate, please contact Dave Alls at email@example.com. Color Guard should arrive by 11:30am.
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