It’s been said that a Veteran is someone who, at one point in his or her life, wrote a blank check made payable to ‘The United States of America’ for an amount of “…up to and including my life…”. This is honor, and compatriots of the San Antonio Chapter SAR seek opportunities to recognize such individuals by attending and participating in events, ceremonies, parades, and service programs. Special days include Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Patriots Day, Constitution Day, and Veterans Day.
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The period of February 9-13 is “National Salute to Veterans Week” . This is a Veterans Administration Program being conducted at all VA Facilities across the country to salute all veterans who are being treated at VA hospitals and clinics.
The Executive Committee of the San Antonio SAR Chapter has approved our participation in this event which will be conducted by the South Texas Veterans Health Care System (Audie Murphy Memorial Medical Center) in San Antonio, TX.
Our Chapter will host a mini-reception at the Shavano Park VA Clinic to salute veterans who have appointment on Monday thru Thursday (Feb 9 thru 12) as noted in the attached Flyer. We need members to volunteer to staff the Reception on those days. Please sign up for one or more sessions (morning or afternoon) and greet a veterans and thank them for their service.
All members are welcome to attend the Public Reception on Friday morning as noted on the Flyer.
CLICK HERE TO READ THE FLYER
To Sign Up for a session just use the Sign-Up Form and provide your name and phone number or e-mail address. Reply directly to Compatriot Bud Davenport as noted on the attached Flyer.
CLICK HERE TO READ THE SIGN-UP SHEET
Our events over the last three years have been wonderful successes. Please help us to make it a success this year.
A 2014 VETERANS DAY NOTE
The San Antonio Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution are involved in and hold some of the following events for our Military Veterans:
Selling popcorn at VA Hospital
Delivering books, magazines, and personal grooming items to VA Hospital
SAR Tool Box
Veterans Day Parade
Veterans Day Ball
Independence Day at Ft. Sam/Ft Sam Cemetery
Wreaths Across America
Wounded Warrior Coins and Certificates
Front and Back Picture of the Wounded Warrior Coin
San Antonio SAR Chapter Members Visit VA Hospital
San Antonio Chapter SAR Wounded Warrior Tool Box Project
The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution has joined with Resources Exchange Association, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit corporation based in Graham, NC, to provides a tool box to every serviceman or woman currently serving or recently discharged as a result of wounds received in combat. It is estimated that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have produced about 48,000 wounded warriors, both men and women. These tool boxes cost $8.00 each.
REA provides a link between corporate America and the nonprofit tax-exempt community. REA's free donations of products come from hundreds of industries, corporations and distributors. These products are then channeled to education and other nonprofit tax-exempt organizations for the use of the sick, needy and minors. SAR has agreed to provide heavy duty tool boxes for the donated tools. Our ability to provide these tool boxes depends on our ability to raise donations.
REA President Clarence R. "Bud" Shepherd, says the current goal is to send 50 boxes a week and to gradually increase that number to as much as 50 a day. When fully operational, the project will have its own 10,000-foot warehouse, and will be staffed by wounded warriors on the REA payroll. Currently, the cost of the tool boxes is $8.00 each. Our immediate need is $12,000.00 per month.
Attendees at the Fall Leadership meetings in Louisville last week collected more than $2400, enough for 300 boxes. The Ladies Auxiliary donated $400 from its treasury, and an additional $652 was donated by the ladies in attendance at their business meeting. The Veterans Committee collected $256 at its meeting; $16 was collected here and there; the Trustees pitched in with $360; and Kay Vest, wife of The SAR Magazine editor, donated $800 in honor of her brother and in memory of her father. From within, SAR raised $4,628, which is less than our $12,000 we need every month.
Please send your donations to San Antonio SAR Tool Box Program: , _____________, _______, San Antonio, TX ___________.
Operation Ancestor Search PowerPoint Files
(displayed as PDF files)
To view the PowerPoint slides on ancestry search that are currently posted, click on the appropriate underlined link for the PowerPoint presentaion of your choice. They will appear as PDF files, the most universal web format available.
Preparing an Effective Research Guide for Genealogical Research
Researching Your Ancestors
Family Names in Genealogy
Genealogical Evidence and Sources
SAR Veterans Programs
Welcome Home Program - Airport Greetings for military returning to US
Collecting and delivering books and magazines to VA Hospitals
Collecting and delivering personal hygene items to VA Hospitals
Maintaining Popcorn facility at VA Hospitals
Creating power point presentations for use at Veterans Day Ceremonies
Creating DVD's for showing at Veterans Day Ceremonies
Participating in Veterans Day Ceremonies at Schools, Civic Clubs, and public events
Participating in Veterans Day Parades
Hosting Veterans Day Balls
Wreaths Across America – wreaths and flags on veterans' graves at Christmas.
Some of the more recent SAR History of Support for Veterans
USS Stark Memorial Award Scoring Sheet & Service to Veterans Medal Guidelines
(Passed unanimously by the NSSAR Ex Com on Thur. Mar. 1, 2012)
Carl B. Bedell – Chairman, Operation Ancestor Search Committee
Judge Ed Butler – Senior Advisor, Operation Ancestor Search Committee
Executive Committee approval to proceed with a grant application to fund the majority of the costs associated with hiring and employing a Director for the National Operation Ancestor Search program.
Executive Committee approval to accept such a grant if awarded and allow such a position to be created at the SAR National Headquarters in Louisville, KY and to provide administrative and logistical support for such a person as required.
Proposed Grant Application
The Operation Ancestor Search Committee is developing a grant proposal to present to Ancestry.com.
The grant will request approximately $150,000.00 to fund an Operation Ancestor Search Director for a three-year term.
The grant would propose that the amount fund:
An annual salary for the Director
Annual bonuses for the Director
Benefits for the Director (in line with those offered to other SAR employees)
Overhead fees to support the work of the Director
Travel fees to support the work of the Director
See attached break out of preliminary funding requirements
The responsibilities of the Director would be:
Facilitate expansion of the Operation Ancestor Search program throughout the country to Department of Defense military facilities and Department of Veterans Affairs medical hospitals.
Oversee the development and upkeep of Operation Ancestor Search training and tool box that would assist SAR Chapters develop Operation Ancestor Search programs.
Assist with the development of the Operation Ancestor Search website ( www.operationancestorsearch.org )
Maintain and develop relationships with genealogy resource donors who provide resources and tools to the Operation Ancestor Search programs
Maintain and develop relationships with Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs officials involved with the Operation Ancestor Search program.
Develop partnerships and additional sources of revenue.
Liaison with Ancestry.com and other key players as appropriate.
Develop the Operation Ancestor Search program into a premier SAR program.
The Operation Ancestor Search Director would report to the national SAR leadership and the Operation Ancestor Search Committee with oversight from the NSSAR Executive Director and the NSSAR Executive Committee.
The national SAR Operation Ancestor Search Committee will be tasked with conducting a search for a qualified candidate.
Call to Question:
Will the Executive Committee approve the Operation Ancestor Search Committee to proceed with a grant application to fund the majority of the costs associated with hiring and employing an Executive Director for the National Operation Ancestor Search program.
Will the Executive Committee approve the creation of an Operation Ancestor Search Executive Director position to be created at the SAR National Headquarters in Louisville, KY if such a grant is awarded and provide administrative and logistical support for such a person as required.
March 2012 Update
Operation Ancestor Search has active locations at three military hospitals or installations:
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD, DCSSAR
Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio Texas, TXSSAR, San Antonio Chapter
Fort Belvoir, Alexandria, VA, DCSSAR
Operation Ancestor Search has provided:
Provided over 50 training and work session to Wounded Warriors
Over 400 volunteer hours to Wounded Warriors, their families and care givers through the Operation Ancestor Search program
120 annual subscriptions to Ancestry.com (a value of $35,880)
Assisted hundreds of Wounded Warriors begin their genealogy research
Operation Ancestor Search has received assistance from:
Ancestry.com (subscriptions and software)
National Archives and Records Administration (pamphlets and guest lecturers)
Ancestor Circles (printed genealogy charts)
Operation Ancestor Search is working to develop programs at:
Naval Medical Hospital, San Diego, CA (along with 2 other hospitals)
Fort Lewis-McChord, Seattle/Takoma, WA
James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital, Tampa, FL
CLICK HERE > OPERATION ANCESTOR SEARCH (OAS) PRESENTATION
Wounded Warriors Building Bridge to the Past
through NSSAR's Operation Ancestor Search Program
Operation Ancestor Search (OAS) is the NSSAR's new patriotic program that provides genealogy training and assistance to our Nation's injured military service members. It is an integral part of the NSSAR's Wounded Warrior Program instituted by Judge Ed Butler as President General in 2009. OAS utilizes SAR Compatriots' genealogy knowledge and experience to assist wounded service members learn about their family history and teaches them basic genealogy techniques. The program is currently active at the Walter Reed National Medical Center, Washington, DC and the Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas.
The DC Society Sons of the American Revolution (DCSSAR) created Operation Ancestor Search in early 2010. The DCSSAR's program operated for over a year at the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center , and transitioned with the hospital when as it moved to a new location and reorganized as the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Since the program began, DCSSAR Compatriots have assisted more than 100 members of the armed services research their genealogy.
In March, 2011, upon the motion of Judge Butler, who serves as the committee's Senior Advisor, the National Society's Executive Committee supported the development of a National Committee to expand the program to other SAR Chapters. The Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas is the first expansion location. The San Antonio Chapter of the Texas State Society began its program in September 2011. The chapter's first training session was filled to capacity and the feedback received was overwhelmingly positive.
Operation Ancestor Search is designed to provide injured armed service members and their families a respite from the constant reminders of their injuries. The OAC programs offer training courses at the military medical facilities. Although the Compatriot volunteers often assist with the research, the program is intended to provide the service members with the knowledge and tools necessary for them to conduct their own research. Utilizing online and local resources provided through the program, the participants are able to conduct their research while they convalesce at military hospitals.
The psychological benefits of the program have won it strong support from the military medical cadre. Besides offering a reprieve to the participants, the research they conduct acts as a stress reducer and nearly always puts them in touch with their family. In several cases, participants have even connected with distant cousin s who lived close enough to the military hospital to visit the injured service member. Participation in the program also provides a personal connection with the past , and participants are often proud to discover their ancestors also served in the military.
Operation Ancestor Search has been a tremendous success at both Walter Reed and Brooke Army medical center. Captain Samuel Hoffman, US Army, has participated in the program at Walter Reed since early 2011. Captain Hoffman said “This exceeded my expectations and speaks volumes to me. I am presenting this information to my Dad and his sister.” Captain Hoffman discovered his ancestors served on both sides of the Civil War and also the Revolutionary War.
Another OAS participant, Captain Brad Mellinger, began working with OAS in January 2011. When Captain Mellinger began his research, he had been in and out of military hospitals for four years after being shot in the leg by a sniper in Iraq. Before Captain Mellinger returned to his unit, he had traced his lineage to the Revolutionary War and said, “ Knowing the family stories can help increase the honor in one ' s name just by knowing how you came to be, where you are now, and the sacrifices from those who came before you.”
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you all for offering this program. This has given me the opportunity to get out of my room and connect with others in an environment where I feel safe, and has allowed me to connect to my family and my heritage…. I have learned of, connected, and communicated with a whole side of my family we never even knew and it is awesome! … It is a great learning experience and has been an invaluable tool in helping me heal here at Walter Reed, and I cannot thank you enough for the wonderful opportunity you have given us.
- Private First Class Heather Cummings
Operation Ancestor Search's success is due to the dedication of Compatriot volunteers and the availability of genealogy resources. Ancestry.com has been the largest outside supporter of OAS by providing over $35,000 worth of individual subscriptions, an institutional subscription and numerous other resources. "We are extremely grateful for the help that Ancestry.com has provided with this important initiative. I can see firsthand how their resources have impacted the research efforts of our participants. The soldiers have seen a lot of "wow" moments during their research and this is directly related to Ancestry.com's help” said Compatriot Brock Bierman, co-chair of the NSSAR's OAS program.
Fold3, formerly Footnote.com, provided access to its resources for OAS participants and The National Archives and Records Administration has also supported the program with the donation of genealogy material and trainers. Archivist Connie Potter has provided training on the National Archives' genealogy holdings and records related to the Civil War.
The Operation Ancestor Search Committee is actively expanding existing programs , and developing additional locations , and for future expansion. Additionally, the Committee is searching for Compatriots willing to participate actively in the further development of OAS Operation Ancestor Search . For more information contact Compatriot Carl Bedell (DCSSAR) at email@example.com .
By Carl Bedell and Brock Bierman
Members of the DCSSAR at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. (L to R: John Sinks, Fred Humphreys, Frank Woodbury, Paul Hays)
PG and First Lady visit Wounded Warriors
at Landstuhl US Army Hospital near
May 26 – 28, 2010
The purpose of our visit to Landstuhl US Army Hospital was to meet with soldiers who had been wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan and to let them know that the Sons of the American Revolution appreciated their service to our country and the sacrifice made by both them and their family. During our visit we presented each wounded warrior with a SAR Wounded Warrior Coin and Certificate.
Our itinerary had been worked out by Carly Harris of the USO, who met us at the Kaiserslautern, Germany train station and gave us a lift to the Art hotel Lauterbach located in the heart of this small town. The hotel was new, clean and modern.
Carly gave us a few minutes to get settled in and then she returned to take us to dinner. Carly told us this Bavarian looking half-timbered building housed the oldest restaurant in town, which feaured Palatinate specials. My delicious jagerschnitzel and mushooms came with potatoes, for which my liter of beer was a perfect companion. Robin also ate Jagerschnitzel, but she ordered a child's portion.
Thursday, May 27th
Our day had been planned in detail for weeks by the USO. After breakfast at Art Hotel Lauterbach, Carly picked us up at 9:00 a.m. for what would end up being a 13 hour day. With her was USO Kaiserslautern Director Konrad Braun, who was a very personable guy. He was a native German, who spoke impeccable English. First, we v isited the USO Center in the Ramstein Air Force Base Air Terminal, where we were greeted by USO Ramstein Center Manager, Chris Christian. Clearly, the Air Force and the USO are working together to do everything within their power to make our US military men and women feel at home.
Next we visited the Contingency Aeromedical Staging facility (CASF) USO, where we received a video orientation and tour of the CASF facility, provided by its Commander, Maj. Mark Knitz. While there we visited the USO Center embedded within the CASF facility.
It was time for lunch so we headed for the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) Dining Facility, where we went through the cafeteria line. There were a few wounded soldiers who joined us at the end of the table, and then we were joined by a delegation from the American Legion, including Commander Clarence Hill. We had a nice visit.
As we walked to the hospital entrance a school bus sized ambulance arrived with wounded soldiers who had just landed on a C-17 from Afghanistan. We watched as hospital workers smartly turned to to offload the injured and get them to the correct ward in the hospital to commence their respective treatment.
We were received by the LRMC Executive Officer, Major Martin. His bio reflected that at his last command he had been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal – a distinct honor for a Major. He told me that when he was in college ROTC he had been awarded the SAR ROTC Medal.
He briefed us on the LRMC mission and operation. For the remainder of the day we visited patients in three surgical wards and the ICU. A 23 year old medic had been shot in his stomach. He had IVs in both arms and a cannula in his nose. Clearly, he was in great pain, yet under the influence of narcotics for pain, so that he was not clear headed. He kept repeating that he wanted to return to his unit, and that he buddies “needed him”. He told us that when he was wounded he had walked back to his unit; and then from his unit he had walked to the hospital. The bullet had lodged in his hip, so there was no exit wound. This young man was tough.
In a role I had never seen Robin in before, she was a nurse. Gently she patted his arm and in a calm voice as she moved over him, told him that first he must get well, and then he could return. She was very reassuring to him. I gained a new understanding of how “involved” she gets with her patients.
The next soldier had just arrived on the ambulance we saw earlier. Because of an Afghan virus that lives in the sand that is resilient to antibiotics, we had to put on surgical caps, gowns and gloves. For those of us who were healthy, the virus had no ill effects. The problem to be avoided was for one of us to transmit this virus to another patient whose health had been challenged. The patient was in his 40s – an old man for this conflict. He had been providing truck convoy protection, when he developed heart problems. He was tired and said that he had been unable to sleep on the 10 hour flight from Afghanistan.
Two Canadian soldiers were delighted to see us. A 22 year old man from English speaking east Canada lost his left leg beneath the knee to an IUD. The amputation had occurred just two days before, so there had not yet been any discussion about a prosthesis, rehab, etc. His roommate from Victoria in the west was planning to fly home in two days. He was healing from lower extremity wounds.
At each of the three surgical wards and at the ICU, we were met by a doctor or senior nurse, who briefly explained the mission of each unit. At Mission Control the master board showed the number of stretcher cases, ambulatory wounded, and medical staff on each incoming flight from Iraq and Afghanistan. They coordinated with the department to which each wounded warrior would be sent upon arrival so as to speed up the ultimate delivery of appropriate care. Similarly, this department logged those that were scheduled to depart by air to insure that they were properly processed home; and had proper attendants and sufficient medications for the flight home. They have a 98% success rate in keeping wounded soldiers alive.
Robin and I had a long visit with a handsome 21 year old National Guardsman from Maine. He was part of a Mountain Division from Vermont. His training included being trained to fire his weapon while skiing; to climb up mountains; and to rappel down them. This patient had been enrolled in college when his National Guard unit had been federalized and called to duty. He had shrapnel wounds all over his body from an IUD, including his face and hands, and was unable to shake hands. We chatted with him for a long time. He told us that he had been enrolled in ROTC.
His plans were to go back to college and to study hard. His hope was to obtain a commission as an Army officer upon graduation. He wanted to come back to Afghanistan as an officer. He was to be flown to Walter Reed Army Hospital within a few days, and had talked to his mother a few days before. Like all the other patients we visited that day, he bragged about the excellent care he had received from the medical personnel at the hospital. This soldier was very appreciative of the SAR Wounded Warrior Coin and Certificate, but I think it was our visit he enjoyed most.
As we exited the room, I was stopped by an Army Colonel. While we were in the patient's room, he had been briefed by Major Martin about why we were there. He applauded what Robin and I were doing and thanked us. He presented me with his personal challenge coin.
A non English speaking Polish soldier was next on our visit. Fortunately, there was a Polish born US Navy Yeoman there who spent much of her spare time in his room to interpret for him. Tears came into his eyes when I presented him with a SAR Wounded Warrior Coin and Certificate. I told him of our recent visit to Savannah, GA, where we had placed a wreath on the base of the huge statute of General Casimir Pulaski and his "Polish Legion", who was killed in the Battle of Savannah. He knew the story. He also knew about Polish General Kosciusko. I also told him about my cousin, Judge John Marshall from Dallas, who had been made a Polish Prince due to our ancient family connection. This young man told us that he had had very few visitors, and thanked us for our visit.
As we left his room, a group of nurses gave us a “Quilt of Valor”, made by a lady in Texas. We protested that this quilt should go to a wounded service person, but they assured us that there were plenty to go around. These nurses gave Robin a “Soldier's Angel” dog tag on a chain, and a matching pin. They presented me with a “Soldier's Angel” coin. We each received hugs from them all.
During the day we stopped in each office, and in many of them ambulatory wounded soldiers were in the process of checking out. This gave us an opportunity to speak with a great number of those injured in combat. Many soldiers arrived at the hospital with the clothes on their back and nothing else. The Chaplain's Closet contained shoes, socks, underwear, shirts, slacks, jackets and toiletries, all of which is donated.
Our last patient for the day was a clear eyed Marine Major with a wide smile on his face. He was standing with crutches at the end of his bed. He was in a full bodied brace. He told us that an IUD blast had blown him into a wall. He sustained multiple ruptured cervical and lumbar discs, and was in a great deal of pain. He explained that he could not sit because of the pain. So, his day was spent either flat on his back in bed, or standing with crutches.
I told him of the wonderful work that was being done by pain clinics all over the country. I related to him the severe pain I had endured before my surgical implant. There was a funny story connected to my surgery which caused the Major to break up laughing. He said “Please sir, don't make me laugh – it hurts”.
We discovered that the Major had also received an SAR ROTC Medal when in college. The reason for the smile on his face was he was scheduled to fly home the next day, and would soon see his wife and kids. He had talked with them and his mother the day before. He bragged to us about his “Marine Corps Wife” who endures and rolls with the punches. During our ten minute talk, he bragged about the medical care he had received at Landstuhl, and thanked us for our visit. As we left, I said to him as I had repeated to each wounded warrior; “Good luck and God bless you”.
Our last stop at the hospital was a tour of the Pediatric Clinic. This tour was added because Robin is a pediatric RN. Although there were no patients in the clinic that afternoon, she was delighted to look around.
Our last function at the hospital was a visit to the USO facility built between two dormitories which housed ambulatory patients. It had a very “homey” feel, including a partially covered patio with a bar-b-que grill, gazebo, and picnic tables. Soldiers were allowed to help themselves to whatever was in the refrigerator, and there were always snacks and pastries on the counter. The USO supervisors prepared a pot luck dinner every night.
Along one wall was a bank of computers to enable them to contact their friends and family. A music room filled with guitars and drums allowed those with musical talent to play together. A huge game room was available for those so inclined. Free phone cards were available to use at a bank of phones. Many soldiers liked to sit in large recliners and watch the big screen TV.
We visited with several of these soldiers. They were all near to being shipped back to the states. The two USO ladies in charge were more like “dorm mothers” than supervisors. Clearly they loved these young folks and loved their jobs.
We then drove to USO Europe Headquarters, where we met Mike Lewis, USO Germany Director and Walt Murren, Director of USO Europe. We were then de-briefed. We were told that the patients and staff loved us, and that our casual attire and attitude showed our sincerity, which allowed the troops to open up to us. The USO was delighted that we were able to connect with each soldier in some manner.
Walt then drove Robin, Carly and me to his favorite German restaurant, where Mike met us. He reminded us that he could have elected to take the American Legion group to dinner, but that he preferred our company. The food was great, but the conversation was better. We stayed there from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. Robin and I both felt we had received a blessing from our visit with these wounded soldiers. That night, I decided that I would award the SAR Distinguished Patriotic Service award to the USO for the great job they are doing. I awarded the Silver Good Citizenship Medal to Sloan Gibson, International President, and presented the Bronze Good Citizenship Medal to Carly, Konrad, Mike and Walt.
Friday May 28
Let me dispel the reader from a common myth. I had always heard that you can set your watch by German Trains. That may have been true at one time, but is no longer the case. We were going by train from Kaiserslautern to Berlin, where after a few days we were to fly home. We had to take a local train from Kaiserslautern where we were to connect to an Inter City Express (ICI) train to Berlin.
Carly picked us up at the hotel and helped us get our bags to the platform. There was a 21 minute window for us to connect in Mannheim. The train was over 15 minutes late arriving at Kaiserslautern. When we arrived in Mannheim, our train to Berlin had already left the station. An hour later we got another ICI. On the ride from Paris to Kaiserslautern – the local train to Mannheim – and the ICI – the tracks were uneven which made for a noisy and rocky ride.
At the NSSAR Congress in Cleveland there was a 25 ft. long banner with the SAR Logo, which said “THE SAR APPRECIATES YOUR SERVICE AND SACRIFICE”. It was signed by hundreds of those in attendance. Immediately after the Congress it was mailed to the USO which placed it on the wall in a prominent place where all US soldiers coming through Ramstein AFB will see it.
COMMENTS ABOUT DRAFT COMMEMORATIVE DVD FOR 2009
What is in the DVD is good. Here are some suggestions:
We need to start at the earliest part of the year – 2009. You may have to make a few calls to get some good stills.
Since we have no footage from 2009 George Washington parade, perhaps we can sneak in a few from 2010.
You have lots of footage from the 2009 Spring Leadership and the Spring TXSSAR meeting available.
Use footage from Kentucky Derby Parade in Louisville in April (David Sympson may have footage).
From Congress, please include the presentation to me of the Gold Distinguished Service Medal on Tuesday night.
July TXSSAR BOM
Signing ceremony for construction Contract at HQ on Aug 25; followed by ceremony at 809 W Main St.
Atlantic Middle States Conference in Rochester, NY in Aug.
South Central Dist meeting in Arlington, TX in Aug.
Hawaii – George West has some great shots, as does Bill Marrs. You can make a great montage with Hawaiian music background. Wounded Warriors at Tripler Army Hosp. (Rev. James Taylor) USS Arizona; USS Oklahama; P:unch Bowl Cemetery; joint DAR luncheon; luau and great shots from the cruise.(Sep 1-13)
Sycamore Shoals celebration at Johnson City, TN in Sept.
Wounded Warrior programs at Louisville VA Hosp and Ft.Knox, KY in Sept (contact David Sympson)
Masonic cornerstone ceremony Sep (Mike Jones)
Point Pleasant, WV celebration in Oct. (Jack Coles)
Battle of Savannah, GA (George Thurmond)
Yorktown (Wayne Rouse)
Need shots from our trip to Lisle, ILL for the Great Lakes Dist meeting Oct 30 – Nov. 1. (Karl Reed)
Need shots from Rocky Mountain Dist – Tuscon, AZ (Mike Jones); Denver, CO (Ed Karr); Albuquerque and Sante Fe, NM (VPG Perkins Patton).
Potomack Ball in Washinton DC. I thought I sent you video footage, but Paul Hays should be able to help with that video or some stills.
Dec. 2 Cincinnatti (Paul Wilke)
Dec 3 INSSAR Dinner in Indianapolis (George Schnuck)
Dec 4 Philadelphia chapter (Lanny Patton)
Dec 5 Ratification Day in Wilmington, DE (Howard Horne)
Dec 10 San Antonio chapter Christmas Party
Dec. 12 Dallas Chapter (Tom Whitelock)
Presentation of Hero Medals to guards at Ft. Hood Texas; visit with wounded warriors (Bill Marrs)
Wreaths Across America (video from Marston Watson, CASSAR) Dec., 22
Too much construction footage. I suggest that you select short clips to periodically insert between other events. Shorten length of all segments.
Suggest flash images between other footage also to possibly include: Members of the staff; HQ building; Brown Hotel; George Washington; Gen. Nathanial Green; Thomas Jefferson; John Adams; Gen. George Rogers Clark; Francis Marion (Swamp Fox); Col. Frederick Hambright;BenFranklin; Washington Crossing the Deleware; Signing of the Declaration of Independence; Battle scenes from portraits; King Louis; King Carlos, III, Lafayette, Rochambeau, De Grasse, Bernardo de Galvez; Independence Hall, Liberty Bell, US Flag; military cemeteries, US Capital, White House, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial (not Lincoln Monument as he is unpopular in south), Mt Vernon, Independence Hall.
End with a display of fireworks to celebrate the end of the year.
Except when PG Appleby or me or first ladies, etc. is speaking, I suggest that there be a musical background in the entire dvd. I am thinking of writing the story of 2009, and getting somebody like Larry McKinley to narrate it. What do you think?
Big problem will be to get all this into a 20-25 minute DVD!!!!
PRESIDENT GENERAL'S VETERANS DAY MESSAGE
Nov. 10, 2009
As a Revolutionary War lineage society, one of our main purposes is to honor our patriot ancestors – our nation's first veterans. By tradition, we have honored veterans of all wars since. Now, with military conflicts in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and tensions in Iran and North Korea, it is important that we honor our active duty military who are in harm's way, as they are already veterans.
Let me offer my personal thanks to all of you who have served our country. As President General, I also offer the thanks of our entire 28,000 members. Without the service and sacrifice of our veterans, we would not enjoy the many freedoms that we share.
For years, as I walked through airports, malls and other public places, I have stopped when I see military in uniform. I shake their hands and thank them for their service and sacrifice. I encourage every member of our society to adopt that practice.
Shortly after being inducted as President General, I started a test program, which I termed the “SAR Wounded Warrior Program”. Twelve of us participating in the Pacific International Conference in Honolulu in September, met with a dozen soldiers, sailors and airmen at Tripler Army Hospital, who suffered from severe traumatic stress disorder. We told them how much the SAR appreciated their service and sacrifice. As we presented them with SAR Outstanding Citizenship Award pins, we took their photo. Their photo, a copy of their SAR Certificate and a news release was shipped to their home town newspaper, and the certificate was mailed to them. This event started with blank stares and ended with smiling faces and celebration.
Other similar programs were conducted by the First Lady and me at VA Hospitals in Johnson City, TN and Louisville, KY, and at the Ft. Knox, KY Army Hospital. Based upon my recommendation, the NSSAR Executive Committee voted at the Fall Leadership meeting to officially adopt the Wounded Warrior program. The first such ceremony was conducted without me or the First Lady at the Intrepid Center at Ft. Sam Houston by members of the San Antonio SAR chapter.
A few days ago the NMSSAR society put together a very impressive ceremony at Veterans Park, adjacent to Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque. I presented SAR challenge coins to the honorees. The local chapter printed a formal program, used the Civil Air Patrol color guard, and had a young lady from a local high school with a beautiful voice sing the national anthem. This ceremony was conducted with pledges to the flag and the SAR; opening and closing prayers, and the SAR Recessional.
Based upon the recommendation of the Awards Committee, we are now presenting these Wounded Warriors with a SAR challenge coin and a special Wounded Warrior Certificate of Appreciation designed by Joe Harris, Executive Director. We are considering a special SAR Wounded Warrior challenge coin. Since these challenge coins and certificates must be paid for by the chapter, state or district society sponsoring the event, discussions are underway to offer them at a discount. Hopefully, full details will be available soon.
As we prepare for the upcoming holiday season, if you live near a military base, please consider inviting a few young soldiers, sailors, marines, or airmen to share your holiday meal. Perhaps you might consider picking up their check at a local restaurant.
Tomorrow, many of us will be honoring our veterans. Some will march in Veterans Day Parades, while others will participate in somber ceremonies at cemeteries. My chapter is sponsoring a Military Ball to honor veterans, active duty military, reserves and National Guardsmen. The local DAR has been invited and many plan to attend. Please keep our veterans in your thoughts and prayers.
NSSAR WOUNDED WARRIOR PROGRAM
by Judge Ed Butler, NSSAR President General, 2009-2010
Before the 2009 Congress I planned a program where the President General, First Lady, and members of the local chapter would visit the service men and women in military or VA hospitals, who have been injured in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Aide de Camp George Harcourt prepared a form to be used to collect the information from each injured soldier. Here's how the program is set up:
"The National Society Sons of the American Revolution's (SAR) Wounded Warrior program is designed for the President General and other leaders to visit military and VA hospitals to personally thank the wounded service men and women for their service and sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan, and on the seas, in support of operations in these areas. We also include those wounded in other theatres.
The NSSAR Wounded Warrior challenge coin will be presented by the President General (or by the VPG, State or Chapter President), together with a SAR brochure and business card to each injured service man or woman. One of the President General's aides will insure that all of the information on the Wounded Warrior form is completed. An aide will take a digital photo of the ceremony, which will be sent to the serviceperson by NSSAR headquarters staff, together with the Wounded Warrior Certificate and a copy of the appropriate news release. HQ Staff will send a copy of the photo, Wounded Warrior Certificate and the original of the news release to the home town newspaper. If possible a third aide will videotape the ceremony and send the videotape to the SAR Videographer and SAR Webmaster.
Wearing of the SAR Color Guard uniform is encouraged at these events. At some military bases, the staff may wish to formalize the ceremony with the presentation of the colors, invocation, pledge, etc.
The first ceremony was at Tripler Army Hospital in Honolulu, HI on Sep. 2, 2009. There we recognized 12 combat veterans who suffered from severe post traumatic stress disorder. Twelve SAR members and wives walked into a room. We were greeted by a room filled with expressionless faces. First, I told them a little about the SAR, and how we had for many years honored our veterans by taking books, magazines, and toiletries to VA Hospitals. I informed them that we wanted to pay a special tribute to those who suffered from injuries received in combat. By the time we finished our ceremony all but one of the veterans were smiling and laughing. Three even walked with us to the parking lot. Clearly, we had brightened their day, which was our goal. While in Hawaii, we conducted wreath laying ceremonies at the USS Arizona, USS Oklahoma, and the Punch Bowl Cemetery.
The NSSAR Executive Committee, at the Fall 2009 Leadership Meeting adopted the Wounded Warrior Program as an official program of the SAR. All state and chapter presidents are encouraged to locate those wounded in combat in their respective areas.
Here's what we need from members of the local chapter:
- Make prior arrangements with the Commander of each hospital to approve your visit. If on a military base, insure that the participants can gain entry, and if necessary, leave a list of participants with base security. Advise them that to obtain a visitor's pass for their vehicles, they will need to show copies of the auto registration, auto liability insurance, and their drivers license.
- Secure written approval for your visit (date, place, ward or clinic number & time) and obtain copy of the authorization or pass for all participants.
- Provide detailed information about the street address of the hospital, ward information, and contact person, with appropriate telephone numbers to all participants.
- Provide all participants with a map of the base, showing the location of the hospital or clinic to be visited.
- Determine if the participants need an escort in the hospital, and if so, obtain contact information.
- A minimum of two or more uniformed color guardsmen or members wearing a blazer with the SAR Blazer Patch should participate. One to secure the name, unit, home address, and home town newspaper of the warrior on the attached form, and one to take photos for the warrior's home town newspaper. The cameraman should provide digital copies of all photos to both the editor of the SAR Magazine ( firstname.lastname@example.org ); to the NSSAR webmaster ( email@example.com ); and to the NSSAR Videographer ( firstname.lastname@example.org ).
- If possible, a third SAR member should participate with a digital video camera. A copy of the digital video should be sent to both the SAR webmaster ( email@example.com ) and the NSSAR Videographer ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
- Although not required, a news release should be submitted IN ADVANCE to Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times, or Marine Corps Times and/or Stars and Strips newspapers. Depending on the facility (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force) an appropriate article with photographs should be submitted afterwards to the newspaper for the Wounded Warrior's military service.
- Send copies of all of the above to the President General ( email@example.com ) and his travel coordinator ( firstname.lastname@example.org ).
LETTER FROM JUDGE EDWARD F. BUTLER, SR.
Friday, August 19, 2011
Mike Gaffney, President
It was good to see you at lunch Wednesday. I have an idea for a feature story for your new Magazine. Recently, I completed an exciting year + as President General of the National Society Sons of the American Revolution. Robin and I traveled over 85,000 miles (over 3 ½ times the circumference of the world at the equator).
During my year I established the SAR Wounded Warrior Program. SAR members go to military and VA hospitals to present wounded vets with a handsome coin and certificate, which I designed. We have added to that program by teaching wounded warriors how to research their ancestors. This takes their minds off their pain and discomfort, lets them temporarily forget about their disfigurement, and allows them time away from their marital and social problems. This program has been a big hit in the DC area. Our first class in San Antonio will be Sep. 7 at Fort Sam.
We traveled from Hawaii, where we laid a wreath on the tomb of the USS Arizona and enjoyed a seven day cruise around the islands to Europe, where we had an audience with His Royal Highness Felipe de Borbon, Crown Prince of Spain and spent a day presenting coins and certificates to Wounded Warriors just flown into Landstuhl Army Hospital in Germany.
While in Spain I charted the SAR Spain Society and inducted the Duke of Seville as the charter president, and laid a wreath on the tomb of Carlos, III, who was the King of Spain during the time of the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783). Little known to most folks, including many historians, Spain was a major ally to the colonists during the war, providing us with millions of dollars cash, loans, arms, ammunition, tents, uniforms, medical supplies – and thousands of soldiers and militiamen.
Galveston, TX is named after Gen. Bernardo de Galvez, who during the war was the Spanish Governor in New Orleans. He led Spanish troops and Spanish Militia against the English in Baton Rogue and Manchac, LA; Natchez, Mobile and Pensacola. At Pensacola, he had 7,800 troops under his command. At that time, George Washington had only 6,000 men in the Continental Line. We had a wonderful visit with the mayor and town officials of Macharaviaya, the small town in Southern Spain where Galvez was born. We also met with the Mayor of Malaga, where we thanked his city for the tremendous financial support delivered to Gen. Galvez to help support the American Revolutionary War.
While in Europe we also met with the France Society, including a private visit of La Grange, the ancient home of Lafayette. In London, we met with the Great Britain society at the Royal Automobile Club.
We visited SAR members in over 30 cities. In many we went to military hospitals and VA hospitals to thank the wounded warriors for their service to our country and for the sacrifice made by them and their families. Some of the highlights of our travels were:
- Inducting Gov. Rick Perry into the SAR and presenting him with a Gold Good Citizenship Medal.
- Being the principal speaker at Thomas Jefferson's birthday celebration at the Jefferson Memorial at the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC.
- Serving as the principal speaker at a wreath laying ceremony of the tomb of Thomas Jefferson at Montecello, VA.
- Serving for the second year in a row as the principal speaker at the Anniversary Celebration of the Battle of Kings Mountain at the national park in Kings Mountain, SC.
- Serving as the principal speaker at the Battle of Point Pleasant, WV.
- Being one of the principal speakers at the Battle of Yorktown celebration.
- Placing a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington Cemetery.
- Participated in the Liberty Bell Ceremony at Philadelphia on July 4, 2010.
- Constructed the new SAR Library in Louisville, KY and officiated at the Masonic Cornerstone laying ceremony, where I was allowed to hold George Washington's Masonic Gavel.
- Serving as a Founder and Charter member of the Board of the SAR Conference on the American Revolution.
- Addressed the 6,000 delegates to the American Legion International Convention in Louisville, KY.
- Placed a wreath at the Congressional Medal of Honor Monument in California.
- Presented SAR Medals of Heroism to the two guards at Ft. Hood, TX who shot the Muslim Psyciatrist who went on a rampage at Ft Hood.
- Testified before the Texas Education Agency (arm of the Texas Legislature) about what history should be included in Texas text books.
- Visiting Mt. Vernon, West Point Military Academy, Fraunces Tavern, Bennington Monument, Washington's Headquarters at Newburg, NY, and riding in lots of parades.
Among my many honors, were the following:
- Inclusion in Who's Who in the World
- Inclusion in Who's Who in America
- Awarded the SAR's highest award: The SAR Gold Good Citizenship Medal
- Inducted as an Admiral in the Texas Navy by Gov. Rick Perry
- Appointed as a Kentucky Colonel
- Appointed as an Arkansas Traveler
- Was allowed to wear for a few hours the signet ring of George Washington (and allowed to purchase a replica, which I wear daily).
- Appointed Honorary President General, France Society SAR
- Appointed Honorary Vice President General, Children of the American Revolution
- Appointed as a member of the U. of Virginia Committee to Preserve the Papers of George Washington.
- Received two letters of appreciation from HRH Juan Carlos, King of Spain and one letter of appreciation from his son, HRH Felipe, the Crown Prince.
- Appointment as an Honorary Member of the Tyler Chapter, Sons of the Republic of Texas.
- Appointment as an Honorary Member of the Granaderos y Damas de Galvez.
- Daughters of the American Revolution Patriotism Award.
- Bernardo Galvez Gold Medal from the Texas Society, SAR.
- Missouri SAR Gold Medal
- Culpeper Minutemen Chapter Gold Good Citizenship Medal
- Virginia Society Medal
We have tons of photos and videos. If you are interested in doing a story, just let me know.
Aug. 30, 2009
RE: SAR Wounded Warrior Program at Tripler Army Hospital
Commemorations at USS Arizona , USS Oklahoma , and
Punch Bowl Military Cemetery
Judge Edward F. Butler, Sr., President General, National Society Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR) will present NSSAR “Outstanding Citizenship Awards” to 12 Wounded Warriors at Tripler Army Hospital, Honolulu, Hawaii on Wed. Sep. 2, 2009. Accompanying him will be his First Lady, Robin, and members of the NSSAR. Judge Butler will thank each wounded serviceman for their respective service and sacrifice.
The Sons of the American Revolution is the leading male lineage society that perpetuates the ideals, principles and liberties established by the founding fathers during the American Revolution. As a patriotic, historical, and educational organization, it seeks to maintain and expand the knowledge and meaning of patriotism, promote respect for our national symbols, and the value of our American citizenship. Through these efforts the SAR hopes all Americans come to have a better understanding of their rights and duties as expressed in the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Paying homage to our living and deceased veterans is a vital part of the NSSAR mission. On Thursday, Sep. 3, the NSSAR, including color guardsmen in colonial military uniforms, will honor the dead at the Punchbowl Cemetery, with a wreath to be placed upon a NSSAR bronze marker commemorated previously by the NSSAR.
On Fri. Sep. 4, the group will honor the sailors and marines killed on the USS Arizona and the USS Oklahoma on Dec. 7, 1941. During separate ceremonies, the group will place flowers on the wreckage, render a salute, and offer a prayer.
For additional information about the NSSAR see our web site at www.sar.org , or contact our headquarters at 502-589-1776.
CLICK HERE > INFORMATION ON EDWARD F. BUTLER
Future Work Under Web Site Construction
Chapter Veterans Committee and OAS Leaders
Wounded Warrior Program
Presentation ceremonies (we should have lots of photos - and some video which hopefully we can obtain from Steve Lee
SAR Toolbox program
Operation Ancestor Search
Power point presentation @ the program
Description of the program
5 DVD's from Steve Lee
Photos at Ft. Sam
Testimonial letter from Ft. Sam
VA Hospital Outreach
Delivering books, magazines and toiletries
Rev. James Taylor's religious outreach - hospital visits
SAR Veterans Day Activities
School Programs (I have photos)
power point presentation (I think I already sent this to you)
Veterans Day Ball (need photos)
Awards to Vets
Awards to SAR members for veterans activities (photos)
Wm Westmoreland Award _ Rev. James Taylor, 2010
Service to Veterans
Solicitation of Donations to allow us to continue to support veterans