Archive for January, 2016

Classrooms Far and Away!

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Elementary Poster Contest, School Presentation, Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 30, 2016 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Chapter President Geoff Baggett took the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter’s message on the road on Friday during a family trip to Memphis, Tennessee.  He accompanied his wife and daughter on a quick trip to visit family.  While there, he took the opportunity to visit the classroom of his wife’s sister.

Christy Harrison teaches fourth grade at the Lakeland Elementary School in Lakeland, Tennessee, a suburb northeast of Memphis.  She invited Geoff to bring his “Revolutionary War in a Trunk” presentation to the six fourth grade classes at her school.

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He spent Friday afternoon making three presentations to the combined classes.  Mrs. Harrison also offered the SAR Elementary Poster Contest as an extra credit project in history.  Thirty of the 150 kids turned in posters following the 2016 Kentucky theme of Daniel Boone.  Following the three presentations, Geoff recognized each of the poster contest participant with a Certificate of Participation.

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He also recognized class poster winners in the four participating classes with the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter Student Citizenship Medal.  He decorated each medal winner and rendered a Revolutionary War salute.


The Lakeland Elementary School Poster Contest Winner was Pierce Albrecht.  In addition to the medal and certificate, he received a $20 scholarship prize.


Geoff also took the opportunity to thank and honor Mrs. Harrison with the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter’s Teacher’s Award for Patriotism for being an exceptional teacher, willing to bring a living history experience to her students.


Mrs Christy Harrison & Her Brother-in-Law Geoff Baggett

Please visit this link to view a photo album from the afternoon.


Burt Elementary School – Clarksville, Tennessee

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Educational Presentation, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on January 28, 2016 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

The Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter “Classroom Tour” continued this morning in Clarksville, Tennessee, as Compatriots Steve Mallory and Geoff Baggett made three presentations to six 4th grade classes at the Burt Elementary School in downtown Clarksville.

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The team started the day off with a first … they appeared on a live video announcement feed that was broadcast to every class in the school.  Then, for the next three hours they spoke in two different locations, bringing a living history experience to every 4th grade student in the school!

As always, the grand finale “dress up” portion was a big hit, complete with pony-tail wig for the boy in each group.

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After all presentations were complete, Compatriots Baggett and Mallory presented the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter’s “Teacher’s Award for Patriotism” to Brookie Myers, 4th Grade Teacher at Burt Elementary, who made the arrangements to bring living history to her classes and to the school.


Our Compatriots ended the day with a big, “Huzzah!” with the final class and received an enthusiastic invitation to return next year.

Click this link to view a photo album featuring all of the classes.

Radio Coverage in the Classroom

Posted in Uncategorized on January 27, 2016 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

A reporter from Ham Broadcasting visited Trigg County Intermediate during our presentations today.  He interviewed participants and took photos.  Click the image to visit the WKDZ story that will be on air beginning tomorrow on all five channels of the Ham Broadcasting Network!Screen shot 2016-01-27 at 10.14.57 PM.png


Classroom Presentations at Trigg County Intermediate School

Posted in Uncategorized on January 27, 2016 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

The Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter launched its 2016 season of classroom speaking engagements this morning at the Trigg County Intermediate School in Cadiz.  Social Studies teacher Kendell Finley hosted presentations for all eight of the TCIS 5th grade classes, combining two at a time for a total of four hour-long presentations.

Compatriots Bob Sholly, Robert Ward, and Geoff Baggett brought their “Revolutionary War in a Trunk”presentation to share with over 120 students.  Thanks to special permission from the district superintendent, the chapter also received permission to bring flintlocks and hand weapons to provide an authentic experience for the kids.

The highlight of each presentation involved dressing two students from each group in authentic hunting frocks, hats, and equipment.  A blonde pony-tail wig for the boys provides a lot of fun and laughter.Web Pic.jpg

Click here to see a photo album from today’s presentations!

Trigg County Student Wins Chapter Essay Contest

Posted in Uncategorized on January 20, 2016 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

The Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution recognized its winner of the George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest on Tuesday, January 19. The Knight Essay Contest is a national scholarship contest sponsored by the National Society Sons of the American Revolution. Each chapter is eligible to submit one local winner for competition at the state society level. Each state selects one winner from among its chapters to submit at the national level.

The Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter winner for 2015-16 is Mason Shelton, senior at Trigg County High School. His essay is entitled, “The Impact of Propaganda in the American Revolution.” Interestingly, Mason was also the winner in last year’s competition.  He presented his paper to SAR members and their wives at the January chapter meeting last night at the Cadiz Restaurant. Following his informative program, chapter President Geoff Baggett and other members presented him a scholarship in the amount of two hundred dollars to apply to his current college expenses.

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Mason’s winning essay has been forwarded to the Kentucky Society’s Essay Contest Committee for competition at the state level. Winners at state will be announced in March.

The Knight Essay Contest is open each year to all students in grades 9-12. The chapter is already preparing to receive entries for 2016-17. For more information or to recommend a student for the competition, please email

Compatriots Honor Four Caldwell County Veterans

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Veteran's Appreciation Medal, Veterans, Veterans Support on January 10, 2016 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Princeton resident and Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter Compatriot John Humphries has been busy gathering information on veterans in his home county of Caldwell, Kentucky.  This morning he hosted a breakfast and presentation ceremony at the Central Presbyterian Church in Princeton.  Caldwell County Compatriot Robert Ward assisted him in doing the honors.

Veterans honored included:

Bob Hayes - U.S. Army

Bob Hayes – U.S. Army

Bob Hayes was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army after completing ROTC training at the University of Kentucky. He ranked third in a class of 160 and had the opportunity to choose an area other than infantry or armor. Bob chose the medical services corps. Bob began his military service in June 1969 at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. After six months of training he was sent to Fort Dix in New Jersey to prepare a new field hospital for Vietnam, which was completed six months later but never used. While stationed at Fort Dix Bob also spent one week on duty in New York City. During a postal strike he was sent to an office near Madison Square Garden and helped sort the mail.

Bob received orders to Vietnam in 1970 but they were rescinded when it was learned that his older brother Jim was serving a third tour of duty in Vietnam. Bob was sent to South Korea instead.  In Korea Bob was the supply officer for a medical group.

Bob Davis - United States Marine Corps

Bob Davis – U.S.  Marine Corps

Brian Davis enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1990 and served for 20 years. Brian participated in Operation Desert Storm in Kuwait. He subsequently served at Camp Lejeune and on numerous Navy amphibious assault ships. He was deployed as part of the UN peacekeeping team in Bosnia/Herzegovina and later stationed in Japan. After 9/11 he worked for the Marine Corps’ chemical biological response team outside Washington.

James "Dog" Menser

James “Dog” Menser – U.S. Marine Corps

James “Dog” Menser was on a plane to Parris Island, South Carolina two 10 days after he graduated from high school in 1993. James was in the U.S. Marines for eight years. He was trained at Parris Island and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. James served as a crewman on an amphibious assault vehicle, also called an Amtrak. James was based at Camp Pendleton in California but traveled the world visiting Hawaii, Singapore, Thailand, Australia, the UAE, Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Malaysia. He trained Kuwaiti soldiers between the two Gulf Wars. He served in Somalia at the age of 21 after the Black Hawk Down incident. James helped provide security for UN peacekeeping forces from Bangladesh and Pakistan when they decided to withdraw. When he was not deployed James served at Camp Pendleton’s rifle range and eventually became a marksmanship instructor.


Joe Shore - United States Marine Corps

Joe Shore – U.S. Marine Corps

Joe Shore served in the Marine Corps from 1969 to 1971. He was trained as a radio field operator but served in Vietnam for a year in a different role.  Joe handled “S&C,” “Secret and Confidential,” documents related to the conduct of the war. In this role he had top secret clearance.

Compatriot Humphries has several other presentations planned in coming days.  He has already purchased another seven medals for area veterans.  We look forward to his coming reports!

January Meeting Scheduled

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter on January 7, 2016 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

January Meeting Promo

Compatriots Receive Kentucky Society Centurion Medal

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Medals and Decorations on January 4, 2016 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Steve Mallory and Geoff Baggett received a unique honor in December from the Kentucky Society SAR.  They were the first members of the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter to receive the Kentucky Society Centurion Medal, a unique medal granted by the KYSSAR for participation in 100 SAR events.  This new medal was just recently approved in 2015.   Steve and Geoff have completed well over 100 events each in the “look-back” period to 2013.  The Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter should have many recipients of this award in the coming years.Steve Geoff

January 2016 – “The Trigg Patriot” Newsletter

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Trigg Patriot Newsletter on January 1, 2016 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

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