Archive for April, 2015

Amazing Segment on Roundabout U – Murray State University News Program

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Grave Marking, William Bonner with tags on April 30, 2015 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia



Click on the image to view this incredible segment on Youtube!

Roundabout U


Pennyroyal Veterans Center Visit Today!

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Veteran's Appreciation Medal, Veterans, Veterans Projects, Veterans Support on April 30, 2015 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Compatriots Geoff Baggett and Dennis Adams made a quick visit to the PVC in Hopkinsville this afternoon.  They dropped off several large bags of men’s clothing, along with a $100 donation toward the Veterans’ Scholarship Fund.

While there they took the opportunity to honor a couple of veterans …

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Dennis Adams presented our Veteran’s Appreciation Certificate and “Don’t Tread on Me” Gadsden Challenge Coin to Tim Herring of the U.S. Army (left) and Darren Scott of the U.S. Navy.  They also had a third certificate for veteran Jermaine Sydnor of the U.S. Navy and Army (dual service), but he was away on job interview.

While waiting to make the presentations they noticed this new plaque on the wall …  Huzzah!

PVC Donor Sign

John Nash Read – Tennessee Grave Marking

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Grave Marking on April 26, 2015 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

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Three Compatriots from the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter journeyed to Smyrna, Tennessee, on April 25 to attend the grave marking ceremony in memory of Maj. John Nash Read.  Tony Dothsuk, Steve Mallory, and Geoff Baggett took part in the Color Guard’s presentation of colors.  Geoff and Tony presented and placed the chapter wreath at the grave site.  Steve Mallory fired his weapon in the three-shot salute.

The Stones River Chapter, Tennessee Society Sons of the American Revolution and the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, TNDAR Stones River Chapter, hosted the Grave Marking at the Templeton Grove Cemetery. Compatriot Edward Phillips, Vice President of the Andrew Crockett Chapter, gave Greetings from our Tennessee State Society. Compatriot Glenn Taylor, President of the Stones River Chapter, gave Greetings and a brief History of the Patriot. Charlotte Reynolds, DAR State Vice Regent, gave Greetings from the DAR Tennessee Society. There were many descendants and family members of John Nash Read in attendance.

The Color Guard was commanded by Tennessee State Commander David Miles Vaughn, along with KYSSAR (Col Stephen Trigg Chapter) and ALSSAR Color Guard members.

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Quite an Achievement!

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Grave Marking on April 25, 2015 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

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The Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter is pleased to announce that Tony Dothsuk has completed the requirements for the SAR’s “Patriot Grave Marking Medal.”  He is the third chapter Compatriot to reach eligibility for this medal.  In order to qualify, a Compatriot of the SAR must participate in a tangible way in the marking of fifteen Revolutionary War Patriot graves.

Since his induction into the SAR just last April, Tony has personally taken part in the ceremonies marking the graves of eight Patriots.  He has performed labor for seven other Patriot grave markings by personally delivering granite SAR markers for those graves from the manufacturer in Cadiz to the Gov. Isaac Shelby Chapter in the Louisville area.  His delivery of those stones helped save ceremony planners hundreds of dollars in costs and provided beautiful, permanent markers for all seven of the Patriot graves.

Tony’s Patriot Grave Marking Medal Application has been approved by Kentucky Society President Chuck Scott and forwarded on to the National Patriot Grave Marking Committee.  Tony will receive his medal in a special ceremony later this year.

Patriots’ Day Commemoration With the Ladies of the DAR

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, DAR, Daughters of the American Revolution, KSDAR, KYSSAR, Patriot's Day on April 18, 2015 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

The Gen. John Caldwell Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, in Princeton hosted a gathering today of regional DAR chapters to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the founding of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  The meeting was held at the University of Kentucky Research and Education in Princeton.  Over one hundred ladies from eleven chapters throughout Western Kentucky took part in the event.

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The ladies at attention as the American Flag enters the room.

The Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter provided a Color Guard and led the ladies in the celebration of Patriots’ Day, remembering the beginning of Revolutionary War hostilities at Lexington and Concord 240 years ago this weekend.  Compatriot Steve Mallory and new compatriot recruit Robert Ward stood guard at the Revolutionary War “Fallen Soldier’s”  Memorial as chapter president Geoff Baggett called the roll of eleven Patriot soldiers requested by the DAR Chapters.

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The Roll Call of Patriots

As he read the name of each and shared a brief biography, a representative of the sponsoring chapter came forward with SAR escort and presented a flower at the memorial.

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Compatriot Jerry Burlingame and compatriot recruits Dickie Thomas and Jack Dawson served as escorts for the presenters and rendered a salute to honor each Patriot.

After recognizing the eleven DAR Patriots, the group honored Col. Stephen Trigg to bring a close to the service. The event was well-received by the ladies and a source of joy and pride to all involved.  it was an excellent demonstration of cooperation between the DAR and SAR.

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The Fallen Soldier Memorial – Revolutionary War Expression

Compatriot Rick Sheets Shares His Powder Horn Decorating Skills

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Powder Horns, Rick Sheets on April 14, 2015 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

On April 11, 2015, the South Carolina State Museum presented the inaugural South Carolina Muzzleloader Conference, featuring displays and sessions about 18th century flintlocks.  The event included two presentations on Decorating Powder Horns by Rick Sheets,  Journeyman Horner and Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter SAR “long distance” compatriot, was honored to present different engraving styles and tips on engraving horns.

The two sessions were well attended.  Attendees included  five young Revolutionary War re-enactors (ages 19 and under) who displayed a real interest in learning horn work.

Photos courtesy of Lappengard Photography.

Rick Sheets (center back) answers questions from conference attendees.

Rick Sheets (center back) answers questions from conference attendees.

Interested students examine Rick's work.

Interested students examine the work of various HCH hornmakers.

Rick displays some of his handiwork.

Rick displays some of his handiwork, as well as the art of other HCH hornmakers that he borrowed for this event.

A beautiful display of Rick's horns and other historical reproductions.

A beautiful display of the work of various HCH hornmakers … Master Horners, Journeyman Horners, and talented Freeman Horners.

Murray Ledger & News Story Today!

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Grave Marking, Newspaper / Press on April 13, 2015 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Click on the image below to read a fantastic story covering the William Bonner grave marking near Murray on Saturday.

Murray Story