Later in November and again in May of this year, the Guard participated in Naturalization Ceremonies. What a wonderful event where an auditorium is literally turned in to a judges courtroom. Presided over by Judge Yeakel of the United States District Court, hundreds of new citizens celebrate their many years of hard work to become newly minted citizens of the USA. Your Guard participated in the posting and retirement of the colors as well as posing for hundreds of photos with excited folks and their families.
December of 2013, we closed out with a uniform and musket presentation for the Georgetown Chapter of the SAR. This event was headed up by our own Gen. Washington himself, Marvin Morgan and I, his humble servant. Marvin looked splendid in his museum quality uniform of blue with buff lapels. Although I endeavored to represent the common folks of the era, I’m afraid I may have gussied up a little too much and appeared in my “go to meeting” attire. In any event, the Georgetown folks were very appreciative of the display and presentation and they asked many questions about our muskets, bayonets, powder and ammo. I look forward to many more of these presentations.
Your Guard presented the colors at the George Washington Luncheon at the Austin Women’s Club in February as well as the TX State Cemetery this past May. The musket squad fired their musket salute in memorial to the revolutionary war ancestors buried at the state cemetery as well as put on a show for the crowd after the event was over. The TX State Cemetery event is one of the more publicized events we attend and your troops performed flawlessly and looked great!
Speaking of the 4th and the Spirit of ’76, your Color Guard was able to manage two events on the same day. We again had the honor of kicking off the Allandale 4th of July parade where our own Robert Hites sounded the 5 minute shot with his trusty musket and then the musket guard kicked off the event with our signature loud volley. They looked splended in uniform, muskets and flags. But in a great turn of events, your guard then had the honor of participating in the colors kicking off the Wimberly rodeo that evening.
If you can, I would encourage you to mark your calendars for next year’s rodeo. Jim Nelson, Ray DeVris, myself and Robert Hites had such a fun time with this event. We sat in box seats along with representatives of the DAR as well as our wives and prepared for a fun rodeo. The calf roping, bull riding and watching the youngsters try their best to pull the ribbons off calfs tails or riding their sheep for the longest time made for great fun and laughter. I can’t say I’ve had more rodeo fun. Jim Clements has invited us back again next year and this is an event you cannot miss.
Jeff Wise, Capt
Color Guard Commander
Patrick Henry Chapter SAR