* Andrew Lewis Memorial Ceremony, 10:00 am, Saturday, 30 Jun, Salem Civic Center, Salem, VA (joint with West Virginia SAR).
* Preparation of Jim Bayne's Trailer for the Independence Day Parade, Time TBD, Tuesday, 3, Jul, at Jim Bayne's Barn.
* Declaration of Independence Ceremony, 12:00 noon, Wednesday, 4 Jul, Courthouse Lawn, Culpeper, VA.
* Culpeper Independence Day Parade, 4:00 pm, Wednesday, 4 Jul, Muster at Piedmont and Main, Culpeper, VA. Parade Grand Marshall is our own JIM BAYNE.
* National Congress, 12-19 Jul, Westin Memorial City (Houston), TX.
* Chapter Picnic, 11:00 am, Saturday, 21 Jul, Pavilion #4, Mountain Run Lake Park, Culpeper, VA.
* Fort Laurens Commemorative Ceremony, 11:00 am Saturday, 28 Jul, Bolivar, OH.
* First Friday, 5-7:00 pm, Friday, 3 Aug, Downtown, Warrenton, VA
* Mid-Atlantic States Association (District) Meeting, 10-12 Aug, Marriott City Center, Newport News, VA. More information here.
Twelve Chapter Members, five wives, all DAR members, and two other guests gathered in Luigi's Italian Restaurant today for our June Meeting. After the formalities and introductions Jerry Hubbard, in our Minute for a Patriot, told us about his ancestor, Samuel Thompson, who fought the Indians on the Western Frontier from Point Pleasant until late in the 18th century.
The Guest speaker was Dennis Loba, who gave an excellent presentation on 18th century shoe buckles. He is an amazing expert on the topic and an entertaining speaker.
Our next chapter meeting will be the Annual Picnic in Mountain Run Lake Park on July 21st. Between now and then will be our big events on Independence Day - Our presentation on the Culpeper Courthouse Lawn and the Culpeper Parade.
16 Jun 2018 Yowell Meadow Park, Culpeper, VA
We gathered today in Yowell Meadow Park, near where the Culpeper Minutemen first mustered in 1775, to honor them. Historian Jack Lynch and President Tom Hamill shared the master of ceremony duties. Thirteen chapter member attended; five members participated, in the color guard. Virginia SAR 2nd Vice President Bill Schwetke brought greetings from the Virginia Society. Then President Tom Hamill read a brief history of the Culpeper Minutemen. This was followed by the reading of the Roll of Honor. As in past years, the names of twelve of the known Culpepr Minutemen were read in alphabetical order, and after each name a bell was rung, and a brief biography read. Those honored today included:
Samuel S. Baker Private Fauquier
Phillip Ballard Private Fauquier
Peter Barker Corporal Fauquier
David Blackwell Private Fauquier
Joseph Blackwell Private Fauquier
William Blackwell Captain Fauquier
William Bliss Drummer Fauquier
Benjamin Bohon Private Orange
John Bohon Private Orange
William Bohon Soldier Orange
Samuel Boyd Surgeon Fauquier
_____ Bruce Captain Orange
The bell was rung by Aaron Hamill, and the biographies were read by Don Hollar, Cat Schwetke, and Suzan Hamill.
Following the Roll of Honor wreaths were presented by the Virginia SAR; the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter, SAR; the Culpeper Minute Men Chapter, NSDAR; the Fauquier Court House Chapter, NSDAR; and the Ashby Gap Chapter, C.A.R. Historian Jack Lynch presented the CMM wreath.
This was followed by a musket volley, then taps, played by Gerry Schuck of Bugles Across America.
After the ceremony, the Culpeper Minutemen held their June Chapter Meeting in Luigi's Restaurant in Culpeper.
15 Jun 2018 Washington, DC
Today six members of the Ashby Gap Society of the Children of the American Revolution toured the White House in Washington DC. They were accompanied by their adult leadership and chaperones, including CMM past President Bill Schwetke and his wife Cat.
14 Jun 2018 The Diamond, Richmond, VA
The Virginia SAR Color Guard, under the command of CMM past President Bill Schwetke, presented the colors for the National Anthem at the Flying Squirrels games in Richmond on Flag Day. In the stands a sizable group of SAR compatriots enjoyed the game from great seats behind home plate. This was the third SAR Night at the Ball Park this year - previously we gathered at games for the Potomac Nationals and the Salem Red Sox. In August we will visit the Norfolk Tides.
10 Jun 2018 Friedens Church, Mt. Crawford, VA
The grave of Private Mathias Wilberger, who served in the Maryland Militia in the Revolutionary War, was marked today in Rockingham County. Josh Wilberger of the Colonel Fielding Lewis Chapter, a descendant of Mathias Wilberger, organized and MC'd the ceremony. Four Virginia SAR chapters participated: Colonel Fielding Lewis, Colonel James Wood, II, Culpeper Minutemen, and Fort Harrison. Vice President Charles Jameson led the CMM contingent and presented the chapter wreath. CMM attendees included Michael Dennis, Jerry Hubbard, Charles Jameson, and Bill Schwetke. Dennis, Jameson, and Schwetke were in uniform and participated in the Color Guard. Bill Schwetke also represented the Virginia SAR, presented the Virginia SAR wreath, commanded the Color Guard, and participated in the musket volleys.
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9 Jun 2018 Mt. Hebron Cemetery, Winchester VA
Today the Colonel James Wood, II Chapter, spun off from the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter ten years ago, marked the grave of Jacob Sperry, who marched with Daniel Morgan. Vice President Charles Jameson led the CMM contingent, presented the chapter wreath, and marched in the Color Guard. Bill Schwetke marched in the Color Guard, presented the Virginia SAR wreath, and participated in the musket volley.
2 Jun 2018 Leesburg, VA
237 years ago General Mad Anthony Wayne led about 1200 men of the Pennsylvania Line in a perilous crossing of the Potomac to reinforce General Lafayette in the defense of Virginia against Cornwallis' invasion. Lives were lost in crossing the rain swollen Potomac, but the Pennsylvania troops soon made a strong impact on the defense of Virginia. Today we celebrated their crossing of the river, and the march through Leesburg.
The Fairfax Resolves Chapter organized and conducted today's ceremony. The crowd was much reduced by the forecast of thunder storms, but the ceremony was moved inside of the Fellowship Hall of St. James Episcopal were all were safe and dry. In attendance were the Virginia SAR Chaplain, 2nd and 3rd Vice Presidents; five Virginia SAR Chapters; three Virginia DAR Chapters; and two Virginia C.A.R. Societies. The mayor of Leesburg, Kelly Burk, read the proclamation that she signed in honor of this occasion.
Tim Dioquino of the Fairfax Resolves Chapter was the master of ceremonies, CMM past President Bill Schwetke represented the Virginia SAR and commanded the Color Guard, and CMM Vice President Charles Jameson represented the CMM and presented the chapter wreath. CMM compatriot Michael Dennis also attended and all three CMM attendees participated in the Color Guard.
Culpeper Minutemen Chapter Vice President Charles Jameson was the keynote speaker at Memorial Day Services at Culpeper National Cemetery. Also participating in the ceremony were members of three Virginia SAR Chapters: Colonel William Grayson, Culpeper Minutemen, and Fairfax Resolves. The Virginia SAR Color Guard, with five members, also participated.
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