Memorial Day Service Information

Memorial Day Service

Please join us on Monday, May 29, Memorial Day, 10:00 AM, at the State Cemetery (909 Navasota at East 7th ST.).  The Thankful Hubbard Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and the Patrick Henry Chapter of Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) cosponsor the special Memorial Day Service which is held at this time every year. This service was first begun in 1981.

Lieutenant General (Retired) Glynn Mallory, will be the featured speaker. LTG Mallory graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in June 1961.

LTG Mallory commanded an airborne rifle company in combat, and two years later served as a brigade operations officer in Vietnam.  He commanded the Second Armored Division at Fort Hood, Texas.

He served as the Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Army, Deputy Director of Operations in the National Military Command Center on the Joint Staff, and as the Director of Operations, Mobilization, and Readiness on the Army Staff during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

He is a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College and the Army War College.  Among his awards and decorations are the Distinguished Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star with V and five oak leaf clusters, and the Purple Heart.  His final assignment was as the Commanding General of the Sixth United States Army and the Presidio of San Francisco, California.  He retired at Fort Hood, Texas in October, 1995.

SAR Compatriots, dressed as Soldiers in Revolutionary War Uniforms will participate in the service as the color guard and firing a musket salute honoring the deceased soldiers.

The service honors all those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service for our country, and especially honors Lt. Rankin and Sgt. Stephen Williams, both of whom fought in the Revolutionary War. (Sgt. Williams also fought in the War of 1812 and the Texas War of Independence.) Descendants of Lt. Rankin and Sgt. Williams will also be in attendance.

Seating is provided for elderly and mobility impaired people, all others are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

The rain plan will have the service in the Texas State Cemetery’s museum, which is entered from Navasota St.

This service is open to all who wish to attend.

80 Days and Counting – 2017 National Congress


“The SAR Congress You’ll Not Want to Miss!”

July 6 – 13, 2017 – Knoxville, Tennessee

 TENNESSEE SAR extends a special invitation to attend “The Congress You’ll Not Want to Miss!”  The 2017 SAR Congress begins in 80 days, Thursday, July 6 to Thursday, July 13, in Knoxville.

Knoxville is a great American city, centrally located in the Eastern United States.  New York City, Tampa, New Orleans, Kansas City, Green Bay and all points between are just a long day drive to Knoxville.  And, there is an airport.  Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Knoxville was established in 1786, a year before the US Constitution was adopted.  It was established as the Territorial Capital in 1790, and became the first capital of Tennessee in 1796.  The majestic Tennessee River and the University of Tennessee anchor the heart of the city which is located just minutes from the most visited of the 59 specially designated National Parks – Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2016 had more than 10 million visitors.

Steeped in rich early American history, one of the foremost Genealogical Research Libraries specializing on the westward migration is located three blocks from the host hotel, as are nearby museums, art galleries, and one of the most exciting outdoor downtown districts in the country, Market Square.  Miss this Congress and you’ll miss one of the best! 

We are told that registration will be available on the SAR website within another week.  So, make plans to attend, today. 

For more information, please contact Host Society 2017 SAR Congress Chair Rick Hollis | 615.812.2648 m |



ExCom/Foundation Meeting – Host Hotel

FRIDAY, July 7

Golf Scramble – Three Ridges Golf Course – Knoxville

GUIDED TOUR 1:  Overmountain Men

[Sycamore Shoals at Fort Watauga, Amis Mill and Home, Crockett Tavern]

Cocktail Reception with Heavy Hors d’oeuvres and Tour – East Tennessee History Center


GUIDED TOUR 2:  Born in the Backwoods

[Cumberland Gap and the Museum of Appalachia]

Host Society Reception and BBQ – Historic James White Fort

SUNDAY, July 9

SELF GUIDED TOUR:  Frontier History and Natural Beauty in Cades Cove

Final Trustees Meeting – Host Hotel

Color Guard Parade from Hotel to Church

Memorial Service – First Baptist Knoxville

Ladies Tea – First Baptist Knoxville

General Society War of 1812 Reception and Tour – Blount Mansion

Genealogy Seminar – Host Hotel

MONDAY, July 10

Color Guard Breakfast

Color Guard Presentation of Colors to Open Congress – Host Hotel

Opening and Second Sessions of Congress – Host Hotel

Youth Luncheon – Convention Center

Minute Man Awards Presentation / Awards Ceremony – Host Hotel

TUESDAY, July 11

SAR District Breakfast Meetings – Host Hotel

Third Session of Congress – Host Hotel

VPG/GWEF, PG Luncheon – Host Hotel

First Lady’s Luncheon – Cherokee Country Club

Voting for SAR Officers – Host Hotel

President General Banquet – Convention Center

Special Guest Speaker – Historian and Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Jon Meacham

Color Guard Command Change Ceremony – Convention Center


Closing Session of Congress – Host Hotel

New Trustees Meeting – Host Hotel

GUIDED TOUR 3:  Ssshhhh!!!  America’s Secret City [Oak Ridge]

Installation Banquet – Convention Center


ExCom/Foundation Meeting – Host Hotel