We have been / are / will be busy through Independence Day. This is the time of year the efforts of all members are needed and appreciated. I met with compatriots Jerry Hubbard, Don Jennings, and Lon Lacey today and we surveyed the site of our memorial to Major Gabriel Long to see where the speakers should be positioned, and the crowd, and where the US Army's Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps will perform. This significant effort, an inspiration of Lon Lacey, is coming together nicely and I think you will all be proud of what our chapter has done.
The same group as above also met for a couple hours with the Senior Marine Instructor at Eastern View high School JROTC, Major Dale Prodzinski. We explored ways that we can help the JROTC and opportunities to work together. We determined that they would have a use for a replica of the 1775 Culpeper Minute Men Battle Flag and made plans to present a suitable flag to them at the beginning of the next school year. This is part of our initiative to place Culpeper Minute Men Battle Flags with suitable organizations to remind us all of the illustrious heritage of the original Culpeper Minute Men. We have already presented flags to the Culpeper Town Council and the Culpeper Minute Men Chapter of the DAR.
In just less than two weeks we will conduct our annual memorial service for the known members of the 1775 Culpeper Minutmen at the DAR Minute Men Memorial in Yowell Meadow Park. That is not to be confused with the dedication of the Major Gabriel Long Memorial Marker one week later in a different part of the same park. Some of us will go to the Annual Congress in Louisville and return just in time for our Independence Day activities. It's a great time to be in the SAR. See you at one, some, or all of these future events.