22 Jun 2017 Old Methodist Cemetery, Alexandria, VA
Today the Colonel William Grayson Chapter marked the grave of Captain James Campbell, 5xGreat Grandfather of Chapter President Mike Taimi. Thad Hartman was the Master of Ceremonies and the Virginia SAR was represented by President Mike Elston. Four Virginia SAR Chapters, two DAR Chapters, and one C.A.R. Society participated in the ceremony: Colonel William Grayson, Culpeper Minutemen, Fairfax Resolves, George Washington, Elizabeth McIntosh Hammill Chapter, DAR, Fauquier Court House Chapter, DAR, and Colonel William Grayson Society, C.A.R. The CMM were represented by Registrar Bill Schwetke.
Master of Ceremonies Thad Hartman opened the ceremony with the presentation of colors by the combined SAR/DAR/C.A.R. Color Guard, followed by the rituals and ceremonies appropriate for the occasion. President Mike Elston presented greetings from the Virginia Society and explained the importance of these ceremonies to the goals of the SAR. Colonel William Grayson Chapter President Mike Taimi followed with a biography of Captain Campbell, his ancestor.
Next Thad Hartman, Barry Schwoerer, and Mike Weyler conducted the SAR Dedication Ceremony and unveiled the marker. The eight wreaths were then presented by representatives from each society and chapter.
After the marker was unveiled eight wreaths were presented and the program ended with the playing of taps by SGT Kari Brewton, USA Ret.
Participants and attendees, left to right: Vern Eubanks, Bill Schwetke, Bill Collier, Dave Thomas, Thad Hartman, Mike Taimi, Mark Almquist, Barry Schwoerer, Jacob Schwoerer, Paula Schwoerer, SGT Kari Brewton, Mike Weyler, Dave Cook, Virginia SAR President Mike Elston, Ken Morris, Paul Chase. Not in the picture, but taking it, Cat Schwetke.
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