Chapter Honors First Responders on 9/11

Posted in 9/11 Service, Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter on September 12, 2017 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

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Two Trigg County first responders were recognized Monday night at an annual 9-11 commemoration ceremony at the Cadiz Renaissance Stage. The two longtime public servants were presented with the Emergency Medical Service Commendation Medal on the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

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Chapter members then honored Trigg EMS Director Matt Oliver and Cadiz City Council Member Frankie Phillips with the Emergency Medical Service Commendation Medal, which is reserved those who have served with distinction and devotion in the field of emergency medical services. Both are either current or former firefighters.  They also received the keys to the city from Cadiz Mayor Todd King.

At the close of the ceremony, chapter members tolled a bell in memory of those who have served and continue to serve in our communities. The bell sounded in honor of firefighters, police officers, emergency medical personnel, elected officials and volunteers.

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Compatriots Attend Blue Licks

Posted in Battle of Blue Licks, Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Uncategorized on August 21, 2017 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

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Chapter Compatriots Steve Mallory and Geoff Baggett represented the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter at this year’s commemoration of the Battle of Blue Licks.  Geoff fulfilled his role as the state society Chaplain, marched in the Color Guard, and presented the chapter wreath.  Steve fired in the gun salute.  Their spouses attended the event, as well.

This is the fourth year in a row that these two men have participated in this National Color Guard Event.

Veterans Honored at Annual Thomas-Bridges Association Meeting

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Veteran's Appreciation Medal, Veterans Projects, Veterans Support on July 23, 2017 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Compatriots of the Col Stephen Trigg Chapter honored three U.S. military veterans at the annual family reunion in Cadiz.

Dr. Brad Rankin and his son, Chad, presented the Veteran’s Appreciation Medal and Certificate to World War II Veteran Gilmer Haydon Thomas.IMG_1542.PNG

Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter charter member James Sumner presented medals and certificates to his “cousins,” Korean War Navy Veteran Olen Ray Thomas and World War II Veteran James Arvin Cunningham.

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We are grateful for their selfless service to our nation.

Celebration of Freedom – Russellville, KY

Posted in Patriotic Event on July 16, 2017 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Eight Compatriots of the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter participated on Saturday, July 15, in the first-ever”Celebration of Freedom” in Russellville.  Color Guard Commander Bob Sholly led a combined Color Guard of SAR members, military service members and veterans, and men and women who serve as first responders in Logan County.  Eddie Price shared a brief talk on the Battle of Blue Licks.  Geoff Baggett, President-Elect of the Kentucky Society, served as Master of Ceremonies.

Several men in the local community expressed interest in joining the SAR.  Indeed, in addition to Logan County resident Pete Lehman, who is already a Col. Stephen Trigg Member, another five men have submitted applications for membership.  We hope to be able to launch a Logan County chapter in 2018!

We were unable to obtain any photos from this event.

Shollys Attend Commemoration of Wyoming Valley Massacre

Posted in Wyoming Valley Massacre on July 5, 2017 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

While his fellow Compatriots celebrated Independence Day back in Cadiz, chapter member Boy Sholly and his wife, Kat, traveled to Wyoming, Pennsylvania, for the annual commemoration of the Wyoming Massacre of July 3, 1778.

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Bob’s Revolutionary War Patriot ancestor, Lt. James Wells, perished in that massacre.  Each year, descendants of the men of the Wyoming Valley Independent Company (Connecticut Continental Line) visit the small town to honor their ancestors.

Bob presented a beautiful wreath on behalf of the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter.

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He received a rousing round of applause when he gave a traditional Colonial salute which, apparently, had never been seen before by attendees.

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Both before and after the event, Bob and Kat enjoyed touring several historic sites in the area.

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Annual Reading of the Declaration!

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Declaration of Independence, Independence Day, Uncategorized on July 4, 2017 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

The Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter gathered on a cloudy, rainy Independence Day in Cadiz to celebrate its annual Reading of the Declaration.  About forty citizens braved the rain to take part in the event.  Geoff Baggett read the Declaration of Independence in its entirety, just like messengers and representatives did in July and August, 1776, in cities and towns throughout the thirteen newly-formed states of the United States of America.  The attendees responded with jeers and boos at all things British, and cheers for all things patriotic.

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Before the reading, President Steve Mallory administered the oath of membership to new Compatriot Mark Lacy, formerly of Georgia.  Geoff Baggett pinned him with his rosette.19264359_1413647325395206_4638604939800980235_o.jpg

After the reading, Compatriot Chad Rankin tolled the bell thirteen times … once for each of the original thirteen states.

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Despite the rain, it was a wonderful annual event.  We look forward to clear skies and sunshine in 2018!

Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter Honors Memory of David Miles Vaughn

Posted in Uncategorized on June 28, 2017 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia
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David Miles Vaughn made a new friend in November 2015 at a Col Stephen Trigg Chapter Grave Marking in Caldwell County.

David Miles Vaughn, Compatriot from Tennessee and former Commander of the Tennessee Color Guard, passed away on Friday, June 23, at his home.  He died after a year-long battle with cancer.

David was a great friend of the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter.  He visited Trigg County and Western Kentucky often, taking part in several of our Grave Marking ceremonies and events.

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SAR Color Guard with the family of David Miles Vaughn

Compatriots Steve Mallory, Bob Sholly, Jim Johnson, and Geoff Baggett were honored to take part and represent the Kentucky Society SAR in the Color Guard at his funeral.  Baggett played his regimental drum for the presentation of the guard.  Mallory and Sholly fired in the black powder salute.  Johnson fired his cannon in the artillery salute.

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Our friend’s final resting place.  Until we muster once again on the other side.