Archive for July, 2017

Veterans Honored at Annual Thomas-Bridges Association Meeting

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Veteran's Appreciation Medal, Veterans Projects, Veterans Support on July 23, 2017 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Compatriots of the Col Stephen Trigg Chapter honored three U.S. military veterans at the annual family reunion in Cadiz.

Dr. Brad Rankin and his son, Chad, presented the Veteran’s Appreciation Medal and Certificate to World War II Veteran Gilmer Haydon Thomas.IMG_1542.PNG

Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter charter member James Sumner presented medals and certificates to his “cousins,” Korean War Navy Veteran Olen Ray Thomas and World War II Veteran James Arvin Cunningham.

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We are grateful for their selfless service to our nation.

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Celebration of Freedom – Russellville, KY

Posted in Patriotic Event on July 16, 2017 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Eight Compatriots of the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter participated on Saturday, July 15, in the first-ever”Celebration of Freedom” in Russellville.  Color Guard Commander Bob Sholly led a combined Color Guard of SAR members, military service members and veterans, and men and women who serve as first responders in Logan County.  Eddie Price shared a brief talk on the Battle of Blue Licks.  Geoff Baggett, President-Elect of the Kentucky Society, served as Master of Ceremonies.

Several men in the local community expressed interest in joining the SAR.  Indeed, in addition to Logan County resident Pete Lehman, who is already a Col. Stephen Trigg Member, another five men have submitted applications for membership.  We hope to be able to launch a Logan County chapter in 2018!

We were unable to obtain any photos from this event.

Shollys Attend Commemoration of Wyoming Valley Massacre

Posted in Wyoming Valley Massacre on July 5, 2017 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

While his fellow Compatriots celebrated Independence Day back in Cadiz, chapter member Boy Sholly and his wife, Kat, traveled to Wyoming, Pennsylvania, for the annual commemoration of the Wyoming Massacre of July 3, 1778.

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Bob’s Revolutionary War Patriot ancestor, Lt. James Wells, perished in that massacre.  Each year, descendants of the men of the Wyoming Valley Independent Company (Connecticut Continental Line) visit the small town to honor their ancestors.

Bob presented a beautiful wreath on behalf of the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter.

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He received a rousing round of applause when he gave a traditional Colonial salute which, apparently, had never been seen before by attendees.

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Both before and after the event, Bob and Kat enjoyed touring several historic sites in the area.

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Annual Reading of the Declaration!

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Declaration of Independence, Independence Day, Uncategorized on July 4, 2017 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

The Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter gathered on a cloudy, rainy Independence Day in Cadiz to celebrate its annual Reading of the Declaration.  About forty citizens braved the rain to take part in the event.  Geoff Baggett read the Declaration of Independence in its entirety, just like messengers and representatives did in July and August, 1776, in cities and towns throughout the thirteen newly-formed states of the United States of America.  The attendees responded with jeers and boos at all things British, and cheers for all things patriotic.

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Before the reading, President Steve Mallory administered the oath of membership to new Compatriot Mark Lacy, formerly of Georgia.  Geoff Baggett pinned him with his rosette.19264359_1413647325395206_4638604939800980235_o.jpg

After the reading, Compatriot Chad Rankin tolled the bell thirteen times … once for each of the original thirteen states.

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Despite the rain, it was a wonderful annual event.  We look forward to clear skies and sunshine in 2018!