Archive for November, 2014

New Chapter Drum on the Way!

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Color Guard on November 29, 2014 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Chapter President Geoff Baggett discovered a very reasonably priced Revolutionary War era reproduction drum in an online forum this week … and he jumped at the opportunity.  Now it’s on the way!  Incredibly, this drum has never been used in the field.  It is, basically, brand new and still in its original box.  Geoff will just need to find a period authentic strap.

This beautiful 16″ x 18″Florance Drum Company snare with Eli Brown tack pattern will soon be a part of our Color Guard events!  It might even be in before the parade next Saturday!

New Rev War Snare Drum!

New Revolutionary War Snare Drum!

Our Picture in the Cadiz Record!

Posted in Newspaper / Press, Veterans Day on November 26, 2014 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

An unexpected appearance in the local paper!  The parade committee shared the winners from our recent Veteran’s Day Parade.  County Judge Executive Hollis Alexander picked us!  The honor came with a $50 prize for the chapter treasury.  It was great to show off our new chapter banner.  And aren’t those some good-looking junior members in the front carrying that banner!

Cadiz Record Story - 25 Nov 2014

Cadiz Record Story – 25 Nov 2014

Old Hebron Cemetery Triple Grave Marking Today!

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Grave Marking on November 22, 2014 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia
Old Hebron Cemetery Color Guard

Old Hebron Cemetery Color Guard

Twenty Compatriots from four chapters in Kentucky and Tennessee took part today in the Patriot Grave Marking Ceremony for Privates John Hunt, John Harper, and David Engler in rural Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.  They were joined by about seventy descendants and observers.

Here is a link to our photo album from this fantastic day!

Here is a link to more photos by student photographer Ashelyn Piper.

Be On The Lookout For These!

Posted in Grave Marking on November 20, 2014 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

If you make your way to our Grave Marking Ceremony at Old Hebron Cemetery on Saturday, be on the lookout for these beautiful signs that Steve Mallory put the finishing touches on today.

Grave Marking Ceremony Sign

Grave Marking Ceremony Sign

The first one will be at your turn from Hwy. 431 onto KY-949 East.  There will be a similar sign at the two subsequent turns that will lead you right to the cemetery.  For detailed directions and a map, please visit here.

We’ll see you Saturday!

Samuel Wilkins Grave Marking

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Grave Marking on November 16, 2014 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Vice-President Steve Mallory represented our chapter well yesterday at the chill grave marking ceremony for Pvt. Samuel Wilkins at the Little Mount Cemetery near Hodgenville, Kentucky.

Pvt. Thomas Wilkins served in the 14th Virginia Regiment of the Continental Army for three years (1776-1779). The 14th Virginia fought inmajor battles of the Revolution, Brandywine, Germantown and Monmouth. The unit also spent the Winter of 1777-1778 at Valley Forge.

Steve presented the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter wreath and fired in the black powder salute.  His wife, Debbie, made the trip with him.

Compatriot Steve mallory

Compatriot Steve Mallory

Steve Firing in the Black Powder Salute

Steve Firing in the Black Powder Salute

The Kentucky SAR Color Guard

The Kentucky SAR Color Guard

Dr. Mary F. Futrell Awarded Good Citizenship Medal

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Medals and Decorations with tags on November 15, 2014 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Geoff Baggett represented the Col Stephen Trigg Chapter at the annual awards brunch of  the James Thomas Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution on Saturday.

The ladies of the DAR made several awards after the delicious breakfast.  Their marquee recipient was Dr. Mary F. Futrell, who won their society’s national award for service in the field of education.  The Col. Stephen Trigg added to her awards with the chapter’s Bronze Good Citizenship Medal.

Geoff Baggett, James Thomas Chapter Regent Virginia Alexander, and Dr. Mary F. Futrell

Geoff Baggett, James Thomas Chapter Regent Virginia Alexander, and Dr. Mary F. Futrell

Posing with the medal!

Posing with the medal!

WWII Marine Honored Today!

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Medals and Decorations, Veterans, Veterans Projects, Veterans Support on November 11, 2014 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Compatriot Jerry Burlingame and his wife, Sue, met a very interesting Marine at Cracker Barrel yesterday.  They found out that he served in both WWII and the Korean War, and he was out for dinner to celebrate the Marine Corps Anniversary (Nov. 10).  Jerry and Sue bought his meal, thanked him for his service, and got some information about the assisted living center where he resides.

This afternoon, after the Veteran’s Day Parade and Service, they made a special “extra trip” to that home and surprised Mr. Carlos Lynch with the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter’s “Veteran’s Appreciation Medal.”

Compatriot Jerry Burlingame Presents the Veteran's Appreciation Medal to U.S. Marine Carlos Lynch

Compatriot Jerry Burlingame Presents the Veteran’s Appreciation Medal to U.S. Marine Carlos Lynch

Veteran’s Day Activities in Cadiz!

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Veterans Day on November 11, 2014 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia
Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter Marches in the Cadiz Veteran's Day Parade

Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter Marches in the Cadiz Veteran’s Day Parade

The Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter was busy today!  Twelve Compatriots marched in uniform in the annual Veteran’s Day Parade.  At the conclusion of the parade, nine of those Compatriots remained at Cadiz Park to take part in the Veteran’s Day Commemorative Service.  Mr. Willy Wilson, recent recipient of the chapter’s “Veteran’s Appreciation Medal,” was the keynote speaker.

One very special surprise for our chapter was the award of “Judges’ Float” (or “Best in Parade” since there were no floats) by the County Judge Executive Hollis Alexander.  The chapter received a cash award of $50 and will, apparently, receive a trophy at a later date!

Visit here to see our photo album of our Veteran’s Day events!

Compatriots at the Cadiz Baptist Church Veteran’s Day Program

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Veterans Day on November 10, 2014 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Four Col. Stephen Trigg compatriots participated in the patriotic concert at Cadiz Baptist this evening.  The concert featured the amazing organist Rodney Barbour.

It was the first-ever event and “dress-up” opportunity for our newest junior member, Seth Clark.

Proud grandpa and Colonial gentleman Gary Thompson and grandson Seth Clark pose with Rodney Barbour.

Proud grandpa and Colonial gentleman Gary Thompson and grandson Seth Clark pose with Rodney Barbour.

Compatriots Glenn Greenfield and Jerry Burlingame rounded out our Compatriots at tonight's event.

Compatriots Glenn Greenfield and Jerry Burlingame rounded out our Compatriots at tonight’s event.

Vietnam Veteran Honored Today

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Veterans, Veterans Projects, Veterans Support, Vietnam Veterans on November 10, 2014 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Today Geoff Baggett presented the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter’s “Veteran’s Appreciation Medal” to Ronnie Byers of Cadiz.

Mr. Byers served as a United States Navy Field Medic during the Vietnam War.  He entered the Navy via the draft in 1964 and was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines in Vietnam in 1965.

Ronnie tragically lost all of his property, including his military memorabilia, in a housefire earlier thsi year.  He doesn’t like to speak about his time in the service, and is somewhat reluctant to receive recognition, but it is still our honor to thank him for his service to our nation, the U.S. Navy, and the U.S. Marines that he treated in the combat zone.

Geoff Baggett Presenting the Chapter's Veteran's Appreciation  Medal to Ronnie Byers

Geoff Baggett Presenting the Chapter’s Veteran’s Appreciation Medal to Ronnie Byers