Local Compatriots Attend State SAR Meeting

Two members of the recently chartered Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) recently attended the annual fall meeting as representatives to the Kentucky Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.  They joined representatives from other chapters from across the commonwealth over the first weekend of November at the Hutton School of Business at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg.  Interestingly, that building is build as a replica of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall and includes a replica of the famous Liberty Bell.  The goal of this gathering was to make plans for the state organization throughout the coming months, including the 2015 National Congress that will meet in Louisville.

Rev. Geoff Baggett (l) and Chapter President Ken Oakley (r) pose in front of the George Washington bust in the hallway of the Hutton School of Business at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky.

Rev. Geoff Baggett (l) and Chapter President Ken Oakley (r) pose in front of the George Washington bust in the hallway of the Hutton School of Business at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky.

Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter President Ken Oakley and fellow compatriot, Rev. Geoff Baggett, attended an entire day of leadership and organizational training, participated in the Board of Governors, and shared reports from various committees and chapters.  They left the intense two-day meeting with a renewed vision for educating the younger generations in American history and patriotism.

Rev. Baggett commented, “This is all so brand new for me.  I was just inducted into the society this past May, so I didn’t quite know what to expect.  But I’m going home with fresh ideas for ways our small chapter can have a patriotic impact upon Trigg County.”

Plans for 2014 include poster and essay contests for local schools, involvement in community patriotic celebrations, and providing speakers for classrooms and other social gatherings.  One ambitious project includes the development of a “Color Guard,” in which chapter compatriots develop period-accurate costumes and uniforms to reflect their Revolutionary War ancestor for appearance at public and educational events.  An even larger initiative is the chapter’s plan to locate and mark the grave of every Revolutionary War patriot buried in Trigg County with an SAR emblem and a tombstone, if needed.  The grave marking initiative will also include a special graveside ceremony to commemorate the marking.

The Sons of the American Revolution is the leading male lineage society that perpetuates the ideals of the war for independence. As a historical, educational, and patriotic, non-profit corporation organized under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, we seek to maintain and expand the meaning of patriotism, respect for our national symbols, the value of American citizenship, and the unifying force of “e pluribus unum” that was created from the people of many nations — one nation and one people.

Today the SAR consists of 28,000 members in over 500 chapters in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.  Almost 165,000 descendants of the men and women Patriots of the American Revolution have been admitted since our founding.

If you are interested in becoming involved, the chapter provides genealogical assistance and guidance through the application process.

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