Archive for September, 2014

John Mabry Marker is In!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 30, 2014 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Compatriots Ken Oakley and Geoff Baggett made the journey to the Sugar Jim Mitchell Cemetery today to install the Patriot marker on John Mabry, Sr.’s grave.  They also put out flag stands for the ceremony on Saturday.

Here is a snapshot of Ken in action … shovel ready!

Ken Oakley Placing His Ancestor's Patriot Marker

Ken Oakley Placing His Ancestor’s Patriot Marker

Local Artist Donates Knife for Chapter Fundraiser

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter on September 27, 2014 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Allen Coleman, a local custom knife-maker from Cerulean, Kentucky, has donated one of his beautiful custom-made hunting knives for our chapter’s fundraising efforts.

Allen uses all recycled materials to craft beautiful knives … each one of them a unique creation.  He works primarily with deer antlers, leather, bone, wood, and recycled sawmill blades.  In fact, that’s what he calls his little “cottage business,” Sawmill Blade Knives.”  The knife he provided us is actually the 99th knife he has made in his career.  Each knife takes roughly three evenings of work to complete. (Allen works on them at night, when he’s not doing his “real job.”

Allen is pictured below with the knife selected for the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter (we didn’t realize that we caught him with his eyes closed in the picture!  The sun was so bright!).

Allen Coleman and His Custom Knife

Allen Coleman and His Custom Knife

Allen’s knives sell for at least $100 each.  He has provided this knife as a gift to our organization to raise money for our chapter’s “Scholarship Fund.”  In return, he receives some great face-to-face and word-of-mouth advertising at our chapter booth at Ham Festival.

We will raffle this knife during Ham Festival.  Tickets will be $2 each, 3 for $5, or 7 for $10.  The winning ticket will be drawn at 7:00 PM on the Saturday evening of Ham Festival.

Chapter members can begin “advance” ticket sales as soon as you are ready!  Simple collect the cash, get the buyer’s name and telephone number, and we will enter their tickets into the drawing on the first day of HamFest.

Adam Barr Grave Marking Ceremony

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Grave Marking on September 20, 2014 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Compatriots Steve Mallory and Geoff Baggett represented the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter at the Adam Barr Grave Marking Ceremony in the tiny community of Union Star, Kentucky, in Breckinridge County.

Click the image to view the photo album from the day …

Adam Barr Photo Album

Adam Barr Photo Album

Constitution Week at Trigg County Intermediate School

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter with tags , , on September 18, 2014 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

This week the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter partnered with Principal Brian Futrell and the Trigg County Intermediate School to commemorate Constitution Week at the school.

The entire fifth grade gathered to hear a presentation from author and speaker Eddie Price on Kentuckians in the War of 1812, which was the first Constitutionally-declared war in United States History.

Author, Historian, and Speaker - Eddie Price

Author, Historian, and Speaker – Eddie Price

Following Mr. Price’s informative presentation, chapter president Geoff Baggett presented Principal Brian Futrell with a framed parchment copy of the United States Constitution.

Mr. Futrell Receives the Copy of the Constitution

Mr. Futrell Receives the Copy of the Constitution

Baggett then surprised Mr. Futrell with a very special gift.  Because of his advocacy for and partnership with the Sons of the American Revolution, and his willingness to open his campus to our organization for special events and classroom presentations, our chapter elected to decorate him with the Bronze Good Citizenship Medal.  President Baggett pinned the medal on Mr. Futrell to the deafening cheers and applause of his students.

Principal Brian Futrell Receives the Bronze Good Citizenship Medal

Principal Brian Futrell Receives the Bronze Good Citizenship Medal

But the culmination of the event was the presentation of the Pocket Constitutions.  The chapter provided a $200 Educational Grant to the school for the purchase of Pocket Constitutions for ever student, staff, and faculty member at the school.  550 people received their own personal copy of the United States Constitution and Declaration of Independence.  Teachers and staff assisted our compatriots in distributing copies to the almost 200 students gathered for the assembly.  Mr. Futrell distributed copies to the third and fourth grades through individual classrooms.

Compatriots Steve Mallory and Kevin Stroud Distributing Pocket Constitutions

Compatriots Steve Mallory and Kevin Stroud Distributing Pocket Constitutions

It was an altogether fantastic event and a most excellent commemoration of Constitution Week in one of our local schools!

Two Media Appearances This Week!

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Newspaper / Press on September 14, 2014 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

We discovered that the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter was featured twice in local newspapers this week!

The first was  a report in Hopkinsville’s Kentucky New Era about the awards we received during the recent state meeting.

Kentucky New Era - Sept. 8

Kentucky New Era – Sept. 8

The second was in a report about the chapter’s recent participation in the Black Patch Festival in Princeton, Kentucky.

The Times Leader - Sept. 13

The Times Leader – Sept. 13

Welcome “Compatriot” Charles Ronald Drennan!

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, New Member on September 11, 2014 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

We just got word today on Ron’s status.  His application has been approved and he is now “officially” a Compatriot member of the Sons of the American Revolution!

HUZZAH, Compatriot Ron Drennan!!

Rob Drennan

Ron Drennan

Feature Story in the Cadiz Record!

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Newspaper / Press on September 11, 2014 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Chapter President Geoff Baggett wrote a recent article for the Trigg County Historical Society.  The focus of the article was Lt. Col. Stephen Trigg, for whom our county was named, and his death at the battle of BLue Licks.

Click the image below and enjoy!

Cadiz Record Story - Sept. 10, 2014

Cadiz Record Story – Sept. 10, 2014

Trigg Patriots Attend 9/11 Remembrance Event

Posted in 9/11 Service, Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Woodmen of the World on September 7, 2014 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Honor Remembrance

Eight compatriots from the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter attended the annual “In Honor and Remembrance” ceremony sponsored by the local chapter of Woodmen of the World.  In addition to remembering the military and first responders who have sacrificed so much for us since September 11, 2001, the group also honored the lives of two special community servants who passed away during this past year.

Following the indoor remembrance, the group proceeded outdoors to rededicate the flagpole in front of the Trigg County Senior’s Center and install a new flag for the coming year.

Col. Stephen Trigg Compatriots presented and saluted the chapter wreath in honor of the day of remembrance.

The Compatriots Salute

The Compatriots Salute

Col. Stephen Trigg Compatriots in Attendance

Col. Stephen Trigg Compatriots in Attendance

Black Patch Festival – Princeton

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter with tags on September 6, 2014 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Compatriots Steve Mallory, John Humphries, and Geoff Baggett spent several hours on Main Street in Princeton at the annual Black Patch Festival.  They distributed dozens of forms requesting support for Wreaths Across America in december.  They also had the opportunity to “recruit” among the men of Princeton and Caldwell County.  At least three men expressed interest in joining SAR.

Our uniformed Compatriots were, without doubt, the most photographed festival participants.  They even had a brief interview and photo taken by the local newspaper.

Pictured below are our compatriots with Martha Cash Presler, Regent of the General John Caldwell Chapter of the DAR.

Geoff Baggett, Steve Mallory, Marcha Cash Presler, and John Humphries

Geoff Baggett, Steve Mallory, Marcha Cash Presler, and John Humphries

Pennyroyal Veteran’s Center Visit Today!

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Veterans, Veterans Projects, Veterans Support with tags on September 5, 2014 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Crossroads Fellowship Compatriots have continued to lead the people of the church in collecting items for the Pennyroyal Veteran’s Center. On Friday, September 5, Dennis Adams and Geoff Baggett delivered the items collected the previous month. This included 7 pairs of jeans, 3 t-shirts, 6 sets of briefs, and 42 pairs of socks. In addition, they delivered another $210 that has been donated for the Sons of the American Revolution Scholarship Fund that has been established for center residents.

While visiting the center, they also recognized two veterans who are almost finished with the one-year program with the Veteran’s Appreciation Medal and Certificate. One veteran, Stan Looney, of the United States Marine Corps, was absent because of a personal commitment. However, Dr. Adams had the honor of presenting the medal and certificate to United States Army veteran Todd Smith.  Todd has been an excellent leader and an inspiration to all of the program participants.

Dr. Dennis Adams and U.S. Army Veteran Todd Smith

Dr. Dennis Adams and U.S. Army Veteran Todd Smith