14 May 2016 Wilderness Road Sate Park, Ewing, VA
The Sons of the American Revolution gathered at Wilderness Road State Park, in Ewing, VA, to commemorate the 241st anniversary of the Raid on Martin's Station. This is a national level event hosted by the Virginia Society. The Martin's Station and Overmountain Men Chapters are the local hosts and 15 members of the Virginia Society from eight chapters attended. The CMM were represented by President Bill Schwetke, who also participated in the Color Guard. The ceremony began with a program in front of the Visitors' Center, with the local chapter president, Tom Coker as the master of ceremonies. Virginia SAR President Ed Truslow was the keynote speaker. President Truslow presented Tom Coker with the Virginia Society State Service medal to recognize his significant efforts over the past years in organizing this national event. The Captain of the reenactor Militia Company also addressed the crowd, in character, to explain the coming events.
Next the Combined Color Guard, led by the JROTC Honor Guard in hunting shirt uniforms, marched to the Martin's Station monument, where the wreaths had been arranged for presentation. J. Barney Penley of the Overmountain Men Chapter was the master of ceremonies for the wreath presentations. Surgeon General Larry Leslie represented NSSAR and the Virginia Society was represented by President Ed Truslow. Six Virginia Society Chapters presented wreaths.
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