George Washington Birthday Celebration

Today the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter honored the memory of George Washington on his birthday.  Despite having received a foot of snow and sleet during the week, the roads cleared just enough for Compatriots and citizens to gather in the warmth and comfort of the beautiful Trigg County Senior Center at 3:00 this afternoon.

Attendees enjoyed a display of flags, including a beautiful reproduction of the George Washington Headquarters flag, paintings of George Washington, and a cocked hat and sword display.

The George Washington Display

The George Washington Display

The chapter honored the host, Cissy Lawrence, administrator of the center, with several items.  They presented her with a Certificate of Appreciation for her cooperation in making the event possible, a Certificate of Appreciation for display at the Senior Center, and a beautiful collector’s lithograph of Arnold Friberg’s classic painting, The Prayer at Valley Forge.  The chapter purchased this beautiful framed lithograph from Friberg’s Fine Art, the estate of Arnold Friberg, and it came with a Certificate of Authenticity.  Mrs. Lawrence will place the painting on display in the Senior Center.

Cissy Lawrence Receives the Friberg Painting

Cissy Lawrence Receives the Friberg Painting

Chapter President Geoff Baggett shared a story and a speech by George Washington given in 1783 in response to a potential military coup by his officers because of the inability of Congress to meet its financial obligations to the officers for their service in the war.

After the speech, Compatriots rendered a salute to the likeness of George Washington, then four shooters stepped outside and fired their weapons over the snowy landscape in a black-powder military salute to General Washington.

The Military Salute

The Military Salute

Following the ceremony, attendees enjoyed a reception featuring traditional cherry desserts and recipes.

Click here to view a photo album from the event.

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