Jeff Wise Promoted!

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Compatriots, please help me congratulate Jeff Wise, our chapter Color Guard Commander as he has been promoted to Captain.  Captain Wise has been a driving force in the recent success of our Color Guard program to include the larger recognition of the SAR posting the colors before the Round Rock Express baseball game on the 4th of July.  His dedication to the SAR is a credit to himself and our chapter!  Congratulations Jeff!

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Texas Boys at commander in chiefs guard quarters at Valley Forge

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Compatriots Past Chapter President John Knox, Past Chapter President Henry Shoenfelt and Current Chapter President Wayne Courreges standing in front of George Washington’s Commander-in-Chiefs Guard Quarters (cabins) at his headquarters at Valley Forge.  All three participated in the “March Out” of Valley Forge reenacting June 19, 1778 when George Washington’s Continental Army marched out of Valley Forge.  Interestingly George Washington’s army marched in to Valley Forge on December 19, 1777.  All three are descendants of those serving in George Washington’s Army and are proud members of the Society of the Descendants of Washington’s Army at Valley Forge:  http://www.valleyforgesociety.com/

Valley Forge National Historical Park was created to preserve our nation’s history and tell the story of the Continental Army during the winter of 1777-78 at Valley Forge:  http://www.valleyforge.org/things-to-do/national-park/

Flag Day Today!

Be sure you fly your flag today. June 14 is Flag Day, the day we celebrate the Birthday of the Stars and Stripes.

On June 14, 1777, during the Revolutionary War, the Continental Congress in Philadelphia adopted the Stars and Stripes as the official national flag.

Resolved, that the Flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the Union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation.            

Congress gave no further instructions as to exactly what the flag should look like, such as its dimensions or how the stars should be arranged. Consequently, early U.S. flags did not all look alike. Some flags had stars with six points, others with eight. Some flag makers sewed the stars in rows on the blue field, others in a circle or scattered without an organized pattern. The first official, widespread observance of the flag’s birthday came on June 14, 1877, when the flag was one hundred years old. Over the next several years, many schools, veterans groups, and patriotic societies turned the day into a yearly celebration. Mayors and governors began to issue proclamations calling for parades and patriotic events on June 14. In 1916 President Woodrow Wilson established Flag Day as an annual national celebration. In 1949 Congress and President Truman officially made June 14 a permanent yearly observance. American History Parade 1777 Congress adopts the Stars and Stripes as the national flag.

This content is courtesy of The American Patriot’s Almanac

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