Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin Ceremony

Compatriots and Friends,

Yesterday members of the Ft. Worth, Georgetown, Austin, and San Antonio chapters of the Sons of the American Revolution along with our friends in the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI dedicated a luncheon to honor our members who are Vietnam Veterans.  Please click on the image below for more pictures of the event:

img_4332To all those at the event and for those who couldn’t make it – Thank you so very much for your service to our great nation!

 

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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Good Citizen Medal Awarded

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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.

Annual Awards and Christmas Banquet

This past Saturday we held our annual awards banquet along with our yearly celebration of Christmas. KR Wood entertained us with his story telling and songs and our guest speaker was William Groneman who discussed his book Davy Crockett – Hero of the Common Man.  As is customary during our year-end meeting, awards were given and several members of our chapter were recognized for their sustained and outstanding performance of their duties as officers of our chapter, as model citizens, and as former military personnel that served in a military conflict.

Distinguished service medal.  The Chapter Medal of Distinguished Service is the highest Medal that can be awarded by a chapter president during each year of his term of office. It is presented to a Compatriot for distinguished service rendered to the chapter during a chapter president’s term of office.

Jeff Wise

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Jeff wise accepting his award from Jim Nelson & David S. Smith

Bronze Color Guard Medal

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War service medal

Max Miller & Andrew McVeigh III

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Max Miller accepting his award from Jim Nelson & David S. Smith

 Bronze Good Citizenship Medal

Jim Clements, Jim Nelson, & Jeff Gammon

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Jim Clements and Jim Nelson Accepting the award from David S. Smith

Bronze Roger Sherman Medal – The Roger Sherman Medal may be awarded to SAR members who have rendered faithful service to their chapter, state society, or to the National Society over multiple years. This medal is awarded for significant service.  Suggested minimum Eligibility Guidelines: Served as an active Officer for a minimum of two (2) years, or Served as an active Committee Chairman for a minimum of three (3) years, or Served as an active Committee Member for a period of four (4) years.

This Medal is named after Roger Sherman (April 19, 1721 – July 23, 1793) was an early American lawyer and politician, as well as a founding father. He served on the Committee of Five that drafted the Declaration of Independence, and was also a representative and senator in the new republic. He was the only person to sign all four great state papers of the U.S.: the ContinentalAssociation, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution. Roger Sherman had a large part in what is known as the “Great Compromise”. In 1787 this combined the “New Jersey Plan” which proposed a one house national legislature where each state could cast one vote, and the “Virginia Plan” where representation would be based upon a state’s population. The “Great Compromise” created a bicameral legislature, meaning there will be two houses, one housewill have equal representation, while the other is based on population of the state.

Jeff Gammon, John Knox, Kevin Miller, Max Miller, Kris Navarro, Jim Nelson, Christian Nelson, Tom Ridpath, Henry Shoenfelt, David Smith, Ken Tooke, Ron Walcik, Jeff Wise & Marvin Morgan

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