28 Jul 2018 Culpeper, VA
The Culpeper Minutemen presented a SAR Flag Certificate to Bill Scherr of Culpeper for his respectful 24-hour display of our flag. Vice President Charles Jameson and Color Guard Commander Michael Dennis made the presentation. Mr. Scherr posted a video of the presentation on YouTube.
LINK TO VIDEO HERE.
Culpeper Minutemen Chapter dual member Doug Collins has announced that he is a candidate for Registrar General
28 Jul 2018 Fairfax, VA
The Fairfax Resolves Chapter of Virginia SAR held a ceremony commemorating the 244th anniversary of the signing of the Fairfax Resolves in the Historic Fairfax Courthouse. In attendance from the CMM chapter were President Tom Hamill, 2nd Vice President Charles Jameson, Former CMM President Bill Schwetke, Mike Dennis and Aaron Hamill. The ceremony was held in the historic Fairfax County Courthouse, and featured a proclamation from the Mayor of Fairfax, commentary on the Resolves from a George Mason interpreter and a dramatic reading of the resolves by various members of the Fairfax Resolves Chapter. Tom, Charles and Mike participated in the color guard, which was lead by Bill Schwetke. CMM President Tom Hamill also presented a wreath from the chapter at the ceremony.
13-18 Jul 2018 Houston, TX
CMM attendees at the National Congress, seated, left to right: Past PG Ed Butler (dual), Cilla Tomme, Allison Collins, Billie Brock, past PG Lindsey Brock (dual), Rocky Mountain District VPG Andrew Lyngar (dual). Standing, left to right: Past PG Mike Tomme (dual), Librarian General Doug Collins (dual), Doug Schwetke, past North Carolina SAR President Gary Green (new dual), Bill Schwetke. Not pictured, but attending: PG Larry and Karin Guzy, and Cat Schwetke.
4 July 2018 Culpeper, VA
Participants at the Ceremony on the Courthouse Lawn left to right: Lon Lacey, Jr, Brett Osborn (CJWII), Becky Ebert (DAR), Alan Lacey, Lon Lacey, III, Charles Jameson, Craig Truskey, Eric Robinson (CJWII), Marc Holma, as Thomas Jefferson, CMM President Tom Hamill, Marc Robinson (CJWII), Michael Dennis, Cat Schwetke (DAR), Bill Schwetke (not in this picture, but present in uniform was Jim Bayne). Of note, the two DAR ladies both hold the Molly Pitcher Medal for support to the SAR Color Guard.
Today the CMM gathered, with support from the Colonel James Wood, II Chapter, the DAR, and the Blue Ridge Chorale, to celebrate our Declaration of Independence with a crowd of about 75 patriots. The program began at noon with nine members of the Color Guard marching up Davis Street to the tune of their fife and drum from the Train Depot to the Courthouse lawn. CMM President Tom Hamill was the master of ceremonies. Greetings were presented from Chairman Bill Chase of the Culpeper County Board of Supervisors and Culpeper Mayor Michael Olinger. Thomas Jefferson, portrayed by Marc Holma, gave the gathering the inside scoop on the Declaration, followed by the reading of the Declaration of Independence by Jim Bayne. The Blue Ridge Chorale rendered a rousing medley of patriot songs and the Color Guard fired three volleys in salute to the Declaration of Independence. At the conclusion of the ceremony the patriots in attendance were invited to sign the copy of the Declaration.
After the ceremony on the Courthouse Lawn many of our participants gathered at Shawn's BBQ for refreshment.
In the afternoon the Culpeper Minutemen led the parade down Main Street. Our own Jim Bayne was the Grand Marshall! Crowds lined the street, especially on the west side, in the shade, a WWII Navy SNJ Trainer flew low overhead, and the DAR walked on the sides of the street passing out over 900 American flags. The Culpeper Minutemen Chapter entry in the parade won the trophy for "Best Over All", and Jim Bayne, as the Grand Marshall, won "Best Culpeper Spirit".
4 July 2018 Mount Vernon, VA
The George Washington Chapter organized and executed a ceremony on Independence Day at Mount Vernon. The ceremony began with a march by over 60 compatriots up the Bowling Green, then down to the Grove for speeches. This was followed by a short march to General Washington's Tomb, where a wreath and carnations were presented. CMM past President Bill Schwetke commanded the Color Guard for this event.
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