Archive for September, 2015

Constitution Reading – Princeton, Kentucky

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Constitution Week, Daughters of the American Revolution on September 20, 2015 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Two Col. Stephen Trigg Compatriots took part in today’s reading of the Constitution sponsored by the General John Caldwell Chapter of the DAR in Princeton.  John Humphries and Robert Ward, residents of Princeton, dressed for the occasion and took their turns reading from America’s amazing document.

Compatriot John Humphries Reads From the Constitution

Compatriot John Humphries Reads From the Constitution

Robert Ward Reads His Portion of the Constitution

Robert Ward Reads His Portion of the Constitution

We commend these Compatriots for taking a leadership role in Patriotism in their own local community.

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Celebrating the Constitution

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Constitution Week, Daughters of the American Revolution, James Thomas Chapter with tags , on September 19, 2015 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

The Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter joined the James Thomas Chapter DAR this morning in celebrating the United States Constitution at the Trigg County Justice Center.

Compatriots Geoff Baggett, Bob Sholly, John Humphries, and James Sumner provided the Color Guard and posted the colors for the event.

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The keynote speaker was Chief Justice John Minton of the Kentucky Supreme Court.  Following his excellent presentation on the Magna Carta and its role in the development of the United States Constitution, our compatriots were able to pose for a photo with him and the other dignitaries present.

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Click here to visit the WKDZ link for the story, including audio clips.

Black Patch Festival 2015

Posted in Uncategorized on September 17, 2015 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

John Humphries, one of our chapter compatriots from Princeton, represented the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter at last weekend’s Black Patch Festival.  He manned a table for the chapter, distributing information and seeking new chapter recruits.  He also sold raffle tickets for a beautiful knife contributed to the chapter by Allen Coleman of Cerulean, Kentucky, and received donations for our Wreaths Across America tribute in December.  John was assisted by Robert Ward, a new member in our chapter, who was pulling “double duty” and manning the adjacent Sons of Confederate Veterans table.

Here’s a photo of John in action.

John Black Patch

Two Graves, Two Locations, One Day!

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Grave Marking with tags , on September 15, 2015 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

The Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter hosted a chapter “first” on Saturday.  Chapter compatriots hosted grave markings at two different locations in Trigg County on the same day!

The first Patriot honored at 10:00 AM was Joel Cohoon, a Private in the North Carolina Militia in the Edgecombe County Regiment.  He settled in Christian/Trigg County in the early 1800’s.  His grave lies under the water of Lake Barkley, near the mouth of Donaldson Creek.  Descendants have placed a headstone on the bluff overlooking the site in the Griff Calhoun Cemetery.Joel Cohoon Stone

The Col. Stephen Trigg color guard was joined by men from the Tennessee Society, led by Tennessee state Color Guard Commander David Miles Vaughn.

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Descendant Marilyn Ladd shared about the Cohoon family history in Scotland and some details from the life of Joel Cohoon.

Click here to view a photo album from the event.

After a picnic lunch beneath the water tower at Lake Barlkey State Park, adjacent to the old Curtis Cemetery, the chapter hosted it’s second ceremony honoring Russell Curtis of the North Carolina Militia at 2:00 PM.

Russell Curtis Stone

A small group of descendants joined the men of the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter and the Tennessee Society.

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14-year-old descendant Deana Marie Hargrove share the biography of her patriot ancestor.

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Click here to view a photo album from this grave marking.

Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter Remembers 9/11 By Honoring Local Heroes

Posted in 9/11 Service, Medals and Decorations on September 13, 2015 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

The Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter hosted a community-wide ceremony on the fourteenth anniversary of the attack upon America on September 11, 2001, at the Trigg County Justice Center on Friday evening.

The ceremony included words of remembrance of that day, with a tribute to the 343 firefighters, sixty police officers, and eight emergency medical personnel who perished in the line of duty on that day.

The Compatriots of the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter paid tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their community by honoring several local public servants.

The first honoree of the evening was a distinguished veteran of World War II.  In a surprise award, the chapter decorated him with its Veteran’s Appreciation Medal for his service in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Chapter President Geoff Baggett Salutes American Patriot Charles Gray, Veteran of World War II

Chapter President Geoff Baggett Salutes American Patriot Charles Gray, Veteran of World War II

Former mayor of Cadiz Lyn Bailey was scheduled to receive the Bronze Good Citizenship Medal, but had to defer due to personal illness.  He will receive his award at a later date.

Former Trigg County Sheriff Randy Clark was recognized for his police service in Trigg County with the beautiful Law Enforcement Commendation Medal.  Mr. Clark served as the sheriff of our county for twenty-five years, and has over thirty-five years of law enforcement experience.

Randy Clark Receives His Medal

Randy Clark Receives His Medal

The chapter also awarded three Fire Safety Commendation Medals.  The first went to Bill Schafer, who served as Fire Chief for over twenty years in a local volunteer fire department, and continues to work in fire suppression with the Kentucky Division of Forestry.

Bill Schafer Receives His Medal

Bill Schafer Receives His Medal

The second recipient of the Fire Safety Commendation Medal was Ronnie Gray, who served as a local firefighter and fire chief for over forty years.  He was selected as Kentucky Fire Chief of the Year in 2004.  He is also the son of Mr. Charles Gray, the recipient of the Veteran’s APpreciation Medal.

Ronnie Gray Receives His Medal

Ronnie Gray Receives His Medal

The final honoree of the evening was Barry Gray, a 1982 graduate of Trigg County High School.  He worked as a local brick and block layer, a volunteer for Trigg County Rescue, and a firefighter. He served alongside his brother, Ronnie, as the Assistant Fire Chief at the East Golden Pond Fire Department. On August 24, 1990, while on duty and answering a fire call, Barry Gray lost his life in service to this community.  In honor of his service, the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter honored him posthumously with the Fire Safety Commendation Medal and the Medal for Heroism.  His daughter, Kayla Gray Phillips, and grandson, Reed Matthew Phillips, received the medals in his honor.

Reed and Kayla Phillips Receive the Awards for Barry Gray

Reed and Kayla Phillips Receive the Awards for Barry Gray

Follow the presentations and a moment of silence, chapter vice-president Steve Mallory gave five tolls of an old fire engine bell in honor of our firefighters, police officers, emergency medical personnel, elected officials, and community volunteers.

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Click this link to view the Facebook photo album from the event.

Follow this link to see the coverage from WKDZ Radio.

Front Page of the Cadiz Record! 9/11 Promotional

Posted in 9/11 Service, Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Newspaper / Press on September 9, 2015 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

We awakened to front-page color photo promotional coverage of the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter today!

9.11 Cadiz Record

Kentucky New Era – Page 4 Today!

Posted in 9/11 Service, Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Grave Marking, Newspaper / Press on September 5, 2015 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

 

Awesome promotional coverage of our 9/11 weekend events!  Many thanks to Jacob Thomas of the Kentucky New Era in Hopkinsville!

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