“The Compatriot Campfire”

Will Allen Dromgoole (1860-1934, writer and poet) once wrote an insightful poem that gives us a unique perspective as to why cheerful service to others is important to us as Sons of the American Revolution.   Through personal experiences, modern print and the technologies of today, we are made very aware of “the good, the bad and the ugly” of the world of humanity around us.   Our forefathers were very aware of the good and evil of their time too.  It is from them we learned the importance of overcoming evil.  Continued acts of selfless kindness through cheerful service to others; allows us to do our duty to prepare a better way for those who follow in order to continue our forefather’s legacy:


An old man going a lone highway,

Came at the evening, cold and gray,

To a chasm vast and wide and steep

With waters rolling cold and deep.

The old man crossed in the twilight dim;

But he turned when safe on the other side

And built a bridge to span the tide.

“Old man,” said a fellow pilgrim near,

“You are wasting your strength with building here

Your journey will end with the ending day

You never again will pass this way;

You’ve crossed the chasm deep and wide,

Why build you this bridge at eventide?”

The builder lifted his gray head,

“Good friend, in the path I have come,” he said,

“There followeth after me today

A youth, whose feet must pass this way;

The chasm was as naught to me,

To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be;

He too must cross in the twilight dim—

Good friend, I am building this bridge for him.”


As we welcome 2014 and the exciting opportunities that lie ahead of us, let us all put our shoulders to the wheel to do our part to move the Patrick Henry Chapter forward in the coming months.  May the bridges we build together be strong and firm as they span the chasms of life along the paths that our countrymen must travel.  May we do our duty with hearts full of pride and the desire to do our best as we pull together to make the way better for all!


May God Bless You All!

Compatriot Wayne Courreges