Patrick Henry Chapter President’s Campfire

As Sons of the American Revolution, we know there is a lot of good in this world, but we are made aware daily of the suffering in this world too.  We watch and listen to the news with the hope that good will triumph over the harmful acts of dangerous individuals.  What we experience instead is the” thorns and roses” of life.  News today travels fast.  Our news media is a business and to remain profitable and viable the news media must gain ratings and therefore market share.  Their focus has to be on retaining and gaining subscribers and/or viewers to do so.  To that end the news media model for survival and growth has evolved over time to be “If it bleeds, it leads!”

As vigilant Compatriots, we know there is more to life than this.  We therefore strive to serve as beacons of light shining on the good around us through service to others pushing back on the darkness of evil.  We may not make the front page of our newspaper nor be the lead story on our nightly news station, but we are making an positive difference in the lives of those we touch.  I think this poem by an unknown author says it best:

All the water in the world,

However hard it tried,

Could never sink the smallest ship

Unless it got inside.

All the evil in the world,

The blackest kind of sin

Could never hurt you one least bit,

Unless you let it in.


Through persistence and determination let us always strive to do what is right and noble to counter the evil around us.  By doing so we will better enjoy the beauty of the roses that surround us instead of being pricked constantly by the thorns of this life.  Our hearts, our minds and our souls will be blessed with serenity as we make a difference in the lives of so many.  God Bless America!


Armed Forces Day

May 17th

Armed Forces Day

On May 17, 1952, the New York Times ran an article reminding readers of Armed Forces Day, observed that year while American troops were fighting in Korea. “This is the day on which we have the welcome opportunity to pay special tribute to the men and women . . . who are in the service of their country all over the world,” the Times noted. “Armed Forces Day won’t be a matter of parades and receptions for a good many of them. They will all be in the line of duty and some of them may give their lives in that duty.”

Armed Forces Day is observed on the third Saturday in May. It’s a day to salute soldiers in all branches of the military and remember that we would have no peace, security, or freedom— no United States—without them.

While Memorial Day honors America’s war dead, and Veteran’s Day honors those who have served in times past, Armed Forces Day recognizes those presently serving. The nation has observed this patriotic holiday since 1950. The military often sponsors parades, air shows, and tours of ships, planes, and bases on Armed Forces Day.

“It is our most earnest hope that those who are in positions of peril, that those who have made exceptional sacrifices, yes, and those who are afflicted with plain drudgery and boredom, may somehow know that we hold them in exceptional esteem,” the Times noted. “Perhaps if we are a little more conscious of our debt of honored affection they may be a little more aware of how much we think of them.”

American History Parade


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Good Citizen Medal Awarded

From left to right: Wayne Courreges, Maj Mai Lee Eskelund, and Jim Clements.
 At the Wimberley Valley Chamber of Commerce Birdies for Business golf tournament Wayne Courreges and Jim Clements presented the Sons of the American Revolution Good Citizenship Medal and certificate to Major Mai Lee Eskelund the daughter of the Woodcreek Mayor Eric Eskelund.
Maj. Eskelund is currently serving as the Regimental S6 for the 3rd Cavalry in Ft. Hood, Texas.  She is a 2002 ROTC graduate from the University of Illinois in Chicago where she obtained her B.A in Psychology.  She completed her Master’s degree in Military Arts and Sciences in 2014 while attending Command General Staff College” her thesis discussed the transition of veterans from Medical Evaluation Board to Veterans Affairs and civilian life.
Wayne Courreges is the President of the Patrick Henry Chapter of the Texas Society of the Sons of the American Revolution in Austin Texas and is a Marine that served in Vietnam.  Jim Clements who serves in the Patrick Henry Chapter as the President Elect and will take office in December 2016.
Our Patrick Henry Chapter is very active in Central Texas where our Color Guard participates in providing ceremonial services in numerous functions every year.
Coming up on Memorial Day May 30th we will be conducting ceremonial services with the DAR at the Texas State Cemetery.  On the 4th of July we always march in the Austin Parade and then we provide the Color Guard services at the Dell Diamond.  On Veterans Day we march in the Austin Parade.

How the D.C. Got in Washington, D.C.


How the D.C. Got in Washington, D.C.

In 1790, a year after George Washington took office as president, Congress authorized him to find a site along the Potomac River for the new nation’s capital. It was the first time a country had ever established its permanent capital by legislative action. The president ended up choosing a spot just a few miles upstream from his home at Mount Vernon, Virginia.

Surveyors staked out an area of one hundred square miles straddling the river. The idea was to create a special territory, not part of any state, to contain the capital city. The land came from Maryland and Virginia, and the territory was named the “District of Columbia” (“D.C.” for short) in honor of Christopher Columbus.

George Washington hired French engineer Pierre L’Enfant to plan the city that would lie within the new District. In 1791, the District’s commissioners decided to name that city “Washington” in honor of the first president. The federal government moved there in 1800.


On May 3, 1802, Washington was incorporated as a city, with a city council elected by local residents, and a mayor appointed by the president. People began to refer to the capital city inside the District of Columbia as “Washington, D.C.”—just as they might write “Albany, N.Y.” or “Charleston, S.C.”


For a long time Washington remained a relatively small town, and much of the land inside the District of Columbia lay undeveloped. In 1846 Congress decided it would never need the District’s land on the south side of the Potomac River, so it returned that portion to the state of Virginia. But of course the city did eventually grow, especially after World War II. Today it fills virtually the entire District of Columbia.

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© 2008, 2010 by William J. Bennett and John T.E. Cribb