D.C. Sons of the American Revolution
June 3, 2017
Compatriots and friends,
I write to invite you most cordially to gather with the D.C. Sons of the American Revolution, the C.A.R.s, and members of many other lineage and patriotic organizations on the morning on the Fourth of July for our traditional Independence Day kickoff at Congressional Cemetery.
The C.A.R.s lead the way at 9:30, laying a wreath at the grave of Revolutionary War drummer boy John Hunter. Then at 10:00 AM we’ll move the short distance to the grave of Vice President Elbridge Gerry, there to honor and remember not only Gerry himself, but all the other Signers of the Declaration of Independence. As you are probably well-aware, Gerry is the only Signer buried in Washington, D.C.
All lineage, patriotic, fraternal and service organizations are invited to participate, as well as unaffiliated individuals, so feel free to share this
invitation with any who might like to join in that morning. SAR will present a wreath, and will also provide cut flowers for all others to place on the grave. We ask only that anyone planning to represent a group let us know by Noon, July 3d, so that we may include them in the printed program and have ample fresh flowers on hand.
Please respond by reply to this email if you’ll be attending. If presenting organizational colors, also include the name and title of your flag bearer. For this occasion, the most convenient access to the cemetery is the gate at the east end of the 1800 block of E Street, SE, next to the Gerry grave. There is normally ample street parking in the same block. Metro’s Stadium/Armory station is 3 blocks north, and the Potomac Avenue station 4 blocks southeast. Blazers, straw hats, and fans are appropriate for a sub-tropical July morning!
The ceremonies should conclude by 10:45.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Paul Hays, the SAR Officer-in-Charge.
Brock D. Bierman
DC Society Sons of the American Revolution Present Law Enforcement Commendation Medal
On Thursday, April 27, 2017 the DC Sons of the American Revolution participated in honoring the accomplishments of members of the Metropolitan Police Department for their outstanding efforts over the past year. Retired Deputy Chief Dr. William O. Ritchie, Compatriot of the DC Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, presented Officer Sapna Patel the Law Enforcement Commendation Medal for the courageous actions that resulted in the arrest of two violent criminals and saved the life of a kidnapped juvenile.
On Saturday, April 2, 2017, authorities in Charlotte, NC responded to a house fire and located two deceased individuals inside, both of whom had been murdered. Additionally, one of the decedents were identified, an investigation revealed that the suspect was their son. The investigation also revealed that a juvenile female had been abducted from the location. An AMBER alert was issued, and it was determined that the juvenile was in the company of the suspect, who was described as operating a white Chevrolet Impala.
On Sunday, April 3, 2017, at approximately 2000 hours, and unknown caller telephoned the DC Office of Unified Communications and indicated that there was a kidnapping in progress. The caller also gave a lookout for a white Chevrolet Impala, in the area of the 900 block of M Street, SE. Multiple patrol and Crime Suppression Team Units began canvassing, and the vehicle was located at 11th and M Streets, SE. A traffic stop was attempted; however, the suspect refused to stop. At this point, a pursuit was initiated and progressed along M Street, SE, and into Southwest. During the pursuit, an additional 911 call was received, this time from a female passenger in the vehicle who advised they had a gun and were not afraid to hurt the child.
The pursuit continued into the 1500 block of Maine Avenue, SW where the suspect lost control of his vehicle and struck another motorist. The crash fully disabled the suspect’s vehicle, but there were no major injuries. First District officers were able to extricate both the male and female suspects from the vehicle without incident, and also rendered assistance to the kidnapped child. Both suspects were apprehended and appropriately charged. Officer Patel provided the first assistance to the child, helped her out the vehicle, and consoled her in a reassuring manner.
Officer Patel is pictured below with is parents, Dr. and Mrs. Tushar G. Patel.
District of Columbia Society Sons of the American Revolution
A Quarterly Newsletter of the District of Columbia Society Sons of the American Revolution
Proudly Serving Washington, DC, Society Established 1890
Volume 1, Issue 1 Spring 2017 Issue
I have been blessed to serve as President of the District of Columbia Society, Sons of the American Revolution for the past two years. This has been one of the great privileges of my life.
I could not have served you as competently without the outstanding team of officers, board members & trustees who shared my vision of a growing & dynamic SAR. Through smooth waters & choppy waters, we all pulled on the oars in the same direction for these last two years…and it shows.
Paul Hays is the hardest-working SAR Secretary in the nation. He, with Cindy’s help beside him, keeps the wheels turning for DCSSAR—and made me a better President! Brock Bierman, our First Vice President was never without a bold vision & energy. At DCSSAR we reached higher goals because of his vision. Carl Bedell, our Second Vice President, is the vision and leadership behind the creation of the Sweethearts & Patriots Ball. One terrific side benefit of Carl’s successes is that more young men have joined DCSSAR and have graduated into Society leadership positions! Doug Brooks, our 3rd Vice President, turned a vision of reaching out to Junior ROTC and Civil Air Patrol into an active relationship of investment into those important programs and bringing them into our meetings as Honor Guards.
Additionally I was blessed with active members of the Board of Management and Trustees. With your involvement we were able to put together two years of good programs! Beyond that we were able to increase the quality of governance and leadership from within the DCSSAR Board of Management!
All things begin somewhere. The honor of becoming D.C.’s SAR President, for me, began on May 2, 2015 at the DCSSAR’s 125th Anniversary Gala. Among other significant events that evening, we presented the Gold Good Citizenship Medal to General Michael Haydn, former Director of the CIA.
July 4 we celebrated with our historical ceremony by the gravesite of Vice President Elbridge Gerry at the Congressional Cemetery. Each year this dignified historical ceremony is a highlight of our nation’s birthday! Shortly thereafter was my very first SAR Congress held in Louisville, Kentucky. Most memorable was the Council of State Presidents events. …and of course good bourbon & great cigars!
On September 11, Patriot’s Day, we presented Gold Good Citizenship Medals to Commander Everett Alvarez and Admiral Bob Shumaker. This spectacular evening was made possible by our generous hosts Dr. Jack London & Dr. Jennifer London. National SAR President General Tom Lawrence and First Lady Mickey Jo honored us with their presence.
November 25 was, of course, the Powtomack Debutante Ball. For many of us, this event is a highlight, celebrating the presentation of our best, brightest and most beautiful CAR young ladies from throughout the nation.
I’ve taken a bit of chronological liberty to show a picture of me dancing with my beautiful daughter at a Powtomac Ball a few years ago.
The last two DCSSAR Christmas Dinners have been held at the Capitol Hill Club, with excellent reviews from our members! This last year our speaker was David Robarge, the official C.I.A.’s Historian, who shared with us the spy craft skills and procedures developed by General George Washington during the Revolutionary War.
February 7, 2016 & again on February 4, 2017 DCSSAR 2nd Vice President Carl Bedell, his young SAR guys together with the young DAR ladies held the supremely successful Sweethearts & Patriots Gala. These enormously successful events bring together over 400 attendees and have raised tens of thousands of dollars for military-related charities. In 2016 they raised $25,000 for the U.S.O. In 2017 they raised over $30,000 for Dog Tag Bakery.
One favorite event of those who attend is the Thomas Jefferson birthday celebration held each year on April 13. The event is done in partnership with the National Park Service, who cordon off the Jefferson Memorial for the ceremony, and the Military District of Washington D.C. who provide an honor guard and a military brass ensemble. It could not be done without the orchestration of Secretary Paul Hays and his beautiful, capable wife Cindy. Approximately 20 lineage societies are represented, each presenting a wreath on the steps of the Memorial. DCSSAR has hosted this event for 74 consecutive remarkable years.
One of last year’s great highlights was the May 2, 2016 Installation Dinner featuring Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. The Secretary made himself generously available for individual conversations and pictures throughout the evening. Secretary Rumsfeld was inducted as a member of DCSSAR. His ancestor was the scribe of the original copy of the Declaration of Independence. Our new officers and board of management members were sworn in and awards were presented.
On January 2, 2017 DCSSAR had a memorable lunch at The University Club where we presented the Gold Good Citizenship Medal to famed historian & author David McCullough. This was achieved through the persistent hard work of DCSSAR 1st Vice President Brock Bierman.
The two years that spanned 2015, 2016 & 2017 have gone by too quickly, but I feel confident that I am handing the DCSSAR gavel over to Brock Bierman with an organization that is a bit better than I received it.
God bless you all!