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The Mecklenburg Chapter, North Carolina Society, Sons of the American Revolution, is located in historic Charlotte, NC. The Revolutionary War marched through the middle of Charlotte and our area is rich in history, memory, and documented Patriot ancestry.

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History. Ancestry. Family. 86 years.

The Mecklenburg Chapter was chartered on April 27, 1928 as a chapter of the State of North Carolina Society of the sons of the American Revolution.

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The Mecklenburg Chapter of the SAR.

Celebrants of patriotism, courage, sacrifice, tragedy, and triumph for the men who achieved the independence for the American people.

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The Mecklenburg Chapter was chartered on April 27, 1928 as a chapter in the State of North Carolina Society of the sons of the American Revolution.

Charlotte is a Hornet's nest of rebellion.

- British General Cornwallis after he was driven out of the city by hostile residents.

The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence was signed on May 20, 1775, making Mecklenburg County the first part of the Thirteen Colonies to declare independence from Great Britain.

May 20, 2015 - "Meck Dec" Day in Charlotte...Huzzah!

The annual commemoration of the signing of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence was held today at Trade and Tryon Streets in the heart of Uptown Charlotte. Chapter members Dave Alls, Chad Lloyd, Tim Berly and Jay Joyce participated in the Color Guard, along with NSSAR South Atlantic Vice President General Mark Anthony, John Misenheimer, president of the LTC John Phifer chapter, and Jim Tatum, Color Guard member from the Salisbury chapter. Photos courtesy of Chad Lloyd. Following the Meck Dec ceremony, we marched to the Settler's Cemetery to honor the Revolutionary War heroes who are buried in the cemetery.

The Mecklenburg chapter particpates in the Meck Dec ceremonies on May 20 2015 in Uptown Charlotte.

The Mecklenburg chapter leads the Color Guard during honors presentations at Settler's Cemetery on May 20 2015 in Uptown Charlotte.

May 18, 2015 - Chapter Poster Entry Wins State Award

NCSSAR officers have judged the annual Americanism Poster and Brochure Contest for 5th grade students. Our Mecklenburg chapter entry and State winner was a young lady from Polo Ridge Elementary. The theme this year was on the Battle of Lexington and Concord. Her winning poster is seen below.

The Mecklenburg chapter Americanism Poster entry wins the NCSSAR State award from a student at Polo Ridge Elementary School in Charlotte on May 16 2015.

May 16, 2015 - 19th Annual Patriots' Day Held in Alamance

The 19th annual Patriots' Day ceremony was held today at Alamance Battleground State Park in Burlington, NC. The ceremony commemorated the three 1781 Revolutionary War battles in Alamance County: Pyle's Defeat, Clapp's Mill and Lindley's Mill. The Pre-Revolutionary War Battle of Alamance, which occurred May 16, 1771, was also observed. Mecklenburg chapter members Tim Berly, Jim Wood, Ken Luckey and Jay Joyce participated in the wreath laying ceremony.

Mecklenburg chapter members participated in the 19th annual Patriots' Day Commemoration in Alamance Battleground on May 16 2015.

May 15, 2015 - Chapter 2015 JROTC Scholarship Winner

Chapter assistant secretary Neil Hohmann presented our chapter's 2015 JROTC Scholarship and Award to Cadet Marialana Kinter of Providence High School. In the photo below, Neil Hohmann announces Cadet Kinter's unique accomplishments as he presents our scholarship and award.

Mecklenburg chapter member Neil Hohmann presents our chapter's 2015 JROTC Scholarship and Award to Cadet Marialana Kinter of Providence High School on May 15 2015.

May 7, 2015 - James Madison to Visit Charlotte on May 21st

The 4th President of the United States, Patriot James Madison, will be the very special guest of honor during the May 21st Mecklenburg chapter dinner. Come see President James Madison at the Mecklenburg chapter dinner at 6:00pm on May 21, 2015 at the Hilton Executive Park Hotel in Charlotte, NC.

"Ms. Martha Washington canceled her appearance and we are so lucky to have historical actor Charles Wissinger to bring President James Madison here to our May 21st meeting," said Mecklenburg chapter president Jay Joyce. "We all know Charles from his portrayal as Marquis de Lafayette back in February at our annual President's Day Community Dinner. I can only imagine how powerful and creative his performance as President James Madison will be for our chapter and community members."

Tickets are $26 per person. Purchase tickets online here.

After the Revolutionary war was over, the new United States of America struggled to find their own government. James Madison organized the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia and helped to establish the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

"If our members have already sent in their registration to see Ms. Martha Washington, they are already registered to see President James Madison," added Joyce. "Please contact me if you would prefer not to attend the Madison dinner and we will kindly return your registration fee."

Download your RSVP form to see James Madison beginning at 6:00pm on May 21, 2015.

May 2, 2015 - Chapter Travels to Lincoln County for Program

The Catawba Valley, Battle of Kings Mountain, Salisbury and Mecklenburg chapters joined forces to present a Combined Color Guard during the Lincoln County Historical Association's presentation of "1775 - The American Spring." Historical authors Randell Jones and Scott Syfert (in the top photo below) presented two very exciting and fact-filled presentations to the audience of approximately 50 community members and history teachers. Author Randell Scott presented his research and book "In the Footsteps of Daniel Boone," and author Scott Syfert presented his research and book "The First American Independence?" about the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. We wish to thank Jason Harpe, executive director, of the Lincoln County Historical Association for coordinating and sponsoring this event.

Historical authors

historical authors Randell Jones, at left, and Scott Syfert, at right, take questions from the audience about
their research and books on Revolutionary War figures and events in Lincolnton, NC.

May 1, 2015 - Chapter Presents SAR ROTC Medals & Certificates

It's that time of the year again! Members of the Mecklenburg chapter have been presenting JROTC medals and awards to graduating seniors across 26 Charlotte-area high schools. In the first photo below, Jay Joyce presents the ROTC medal and certificate to Cadet Ben Ruiz (currently the Cadet Color Guard Commander) of the Military and Global Leadership Academy in Charlotte. And in the second photo below, Jim Wood presents the ROTC medal and certificate to Cadet Denickelis Faggart of Rocky River High School in Charlotte.

Jay Joyce presents the ROTC medal and certificate to Cadet Ben Ruiz (currently the Cadet Color Guard Commander) of the Military and Global Leadership Academy in Charlotte

Jim Wood presents the ROTC medal and certificate to Cadet Denickelis Faggart of Rocky River High School in Charlotte

April 18, 2015 - Tim Berly Elected NCSSAR State President

Our Mecklenburg chapter past president and long-time member Tim Berly was elected as the new NCSSAR president during the state society's annual meeting in Burlington, NC. Congratulations, Mr. President!

NCSSAR State President Tim Berly on April 18 2015.

The Mecklenburg chapter was awarded the 1st Place Ribbon as the large chapter winner in the Americanism contest for 2014. Our chapter members earned numerous individual awards during the weekend. Below is a photo of Mecklenburg chapter members who attended the weekend event. William Maine is missing from the photo!

Members of the Mecklenburg chapter delegation attend the NCSSAR annual meeting in Burlington, NC on April 18 2015.

April 11, 2015 - Halifax Resolves Annual Commemoration

The Halifax Resolves Chapter held a ceremony celebrating the adoption of the Halifax Resolves by the Provincial Congress on April 12th, 1776 in Halifax, NC. Mecklenburg chapter past president Jim Wood represented our chapter.

The Meckelnburg chapter NCSSAR participated in the annual Halifax Resolves commemoration on April 11 2015.

March 28, 2015 - Ceremony Honoring William R. Davie

The Mecklenburg chapter sponsored a wreath laying ceremony for Patriot William R. Davie today at the William R. Davie Park in Charlotte. Along with the Mecklenburg Parks & Rec Department and the Mecklenburg Historical Association, the chapter honored this brave Patriot who fought in the Battle of Charlotte, served as the tenth Governor of North Carolina, and is credited as being one of the founding fathers of the University of North Carolina. SAR and DAR chapters from across the state participated in the ceremony. In the photo below, past state and chapter president Jim Wood renders honors.

Mecklenburg past chapter president Jim Wood renders honors during the William R. Davie ceremony on March 28 2015 in Charlotte, NC.

Revolutionary War Patriot Captain "James" Jack (portrayed by Tony Zeiss in the photo below) addressed the audience about his role in the Revolution and then he introduced our special guest speaker, William R. Davie (portrayed by Mecklenburg historical author and docent Jim Williams in the photo below Tony Zeiss).

Revolutionary War Patriot Captain James Jack, portrayed by Tony Zeiss, tells his story during the William R Davie wreath ceremony on March 28 2015 in Charlotte, NC.
Patriot William R Davie, portrayed by Mecklenburg history author and docent Jim Williams, addresses the audience on March 28 2015 in Charlotte, NC.

Our Mecklenburg chapter Town Crier, Dave Alls, announced the program's speakers and activities (in photo below). One of our special guests was Trevor Fuller, chairman of the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners (in photo below Dave).

Mecklenburg SAR chapter Town Crier Dave Alls rings the bell and introduces our speakers on March 28 2015 in Charlotte, NC.
Trevor Fuller, chairman of the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners, addresses the audience during the William R Davie ceremony on March 28 2015 in Charlotte, NC.

In the photo below, student Cassidy Zollinger, daughter of Mecklenburg chapter member Adam Zollinger, shows William R. Davie and Captain James Jack her copy of the Declaration of Independence.

Mecklenburg student Cassidy Zollinger shows William R. Davie and Captain James Jack her copy of the Declaration of Independence on March 28 2015 in Charlotte, NC.

March 14, 2015 - 234th Anniversary of Guilford Courthouse

The Mecklenburg chapter participated in the 234th anniversary of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse in Greensboro, NC today. Tim Berly, our chapter's past president and current Sr. Vice President at the State level, chaired the event. Participants from our chapter included Jim Wood, Ken Luckey, Jay Joyce, Tim Berly and Dave Alls. The group photo from the event can be seen below.

February 21, 2015 - 239th Anniversary at Moore's Creek Bridge

Mecklenburg chapter member Jim Wood represented us at the 239th anniversary of the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge in Pender County, just north of Wilmington, NC. See Jim in the photo below with the Combined SAR Color Guard.

Mecklenburg chapter member Jim Wood represents the chapter during the 239th Anniversary of the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge on February 21 2015.

February 19, 2015 - Marquis de Lafayette Visits Charlotte!

Famous French ally and Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette was our chapter's very special guest at our annual President's Day Community Dinner!

The Mecklenburg chapter SAR winter membership meeting held on February 19 2015 in Charlotte.

142 members of the community, along with Mecklenburg chapter members, braved the record-setting 9 degree temperatures to meet, mingle and listen to the incredible history and story of Major General Lafayette.

French ally and Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette addresses the Mecklenburg chapter membership on February 19 2015 in Charlotte, NC.

Very special guests were in attendance, including NSSAR Treasurer General J. Michael Tomme and his wife Cilla (2nd and 4th from the right), NCSSAR President Ken Wilson (on left), and SCSSAR President Dan Woodruff (on right) and his wife Sherilyn. In the photo below, these dignitaries pose with Marquis de Lafayette.

NSSAR, NCSSAR and SCSSAR officers pose with Lafayette during the Mecklenburg chapter winter meeting on February 19 2015 in Charlotte.

As is tradition at the annual President's Day Community Dinner, we welcomed to new members to the chapter, Patrick Quinn and Larry Brundick. In the photo below, JROTC program chairman Guy Chamberlain, at left, talks with member Wallace Smith.

Mecklenburg chapter JROTC program chair Guy Chamberlain talks with member Wallace Smith on February 19 2015.

And our second tradition on this night is to award our chapter Eagle Scout Scholarship, which was earned by and presented to Eagle Scout Benjamin Gibson of Troop 11 in Charlotte. In the photo below, Benjamin, along with his mom and dad and chapter Eagle Scout program chairman Tim Berly, listen to Benjamin's accomplishments that lead to his Eagle Scout scholarship.

Mecklenburg chapter SAR Eagle Scout program chairman Tim Berly presents the chapter Eagle Scout Scholarship to Benjamin Gibson on February 19 2015.

February 16, 2015 - CMPD Officer Honored by Chapter

CMPD officer Christopher Chipman (left, in photo below) was presented with the SAR Law Enforcement Commendation Medal by Mecklenburg chapter vice president Jim Prosser. "Every year we honor the brave men and women of the CMPD by selecting an individual who exhibits the best characteristics of heroism in service to community," said Prosser. "It is always hard to just single out one individual because the entire police department works hard every day to ensure our community's safety."

Mecklenburg chapter vice president Jim Prosser presents CMPD Officer Christopher Chipman with the SAR Law Enforcement Commendation Medal on February 16, 2015 in Charlotte.

February 14, 2015 - 234th Anniversary of the Crossing of the Dan

Our Mecklenburg chapter participated in the ceremonies of the 234th anniversary of the Crossing of the Dan River in South Boston, VA, today. The Crossing goes back to the Revolutionary War when American troops crossed the Dan River just ahead of the British Army.

Mecklenburg chapter secretary Ken Luckey carries the Hornet's Nest Flag during the Crossing of the Dan ceremonies in South Boston, VA, on February 14, 2015.
(In the photo above, Mecklenburg chapter secretary Ken Luckey carries the
Hornet's Nest Flag during the procession to the Dan River.)

January 31, 2015 - 234th Anniversary of the Battle of Cowan's Ford

Our Mecklenburg chapter sponsored the annual commemoration of the Battle of Cowan's Ford at Hopewell Presbyterian Church today. Approximately 125 guests, the largest gathering to date, attended the indoors and outdoors ceremonies.

In the photo below, NCSSAR state president Ken Wilson reads the names of the Patriots of Hopewell while NCSCAR state president Alexandria Swaim lights a candle in remembrance for each Patriot.

NCSSAR president Ken Wilson and NCSCAR president Alexandria Swaim honor the Patriots of Hopewell on January 31 2015.

Our guest speaker indoors was past chapter president and historical presenter Tom Phlegar, as seen in the photo below. Tom gave his presentation on "God and Country" to an attentive and interested audience.

Mecklenburg chapter member Tom Phlegar delivers his God and Country presentation to the audience during the annual Cowan's Ford ceremony in Huntersville, NC on January 31, 2015.

January 17, 2015 - Chapter Members Attend Cowpens Ceremony

Members of our Mecklenburg chapter were in attendance for the 234th anniversary of the Battle of Cowpens in South Carolina today. Attending from the chapter were Ken Luckey, Jim Wood, Ray Maxson, Tim Berly and Dave Alls. The photo is from the event.

The NCSSAR Color Guard at the 234th anniversary of the Battle of Cowpens on January 17, 2015.

January 16, 2015 - Buy Tickets to the Lafayette Dinner!

You can purchase your tickets to the February 19, 2015, President's Day Community Dinner to see Marquis de Lafayette here. Tickets are $27. Or you can download your RSVP here and mail it in with a check. Be a part of Revolutionary War History as you relive those days with Revolutionary War Hero Marquis de Lafayette!

December 5, 2014 - Trail of History Honors Two Charlotteans

Two influential Charlotteans were added to the Trail of History in Charlotte today: Early settler Thomas "Kanawha" Spratt and his friend King Haigler, chief of the Catawba Indians. The two statutes were unveiled and dedicated along the Little Sugar Creek Greenway next to CPCC. The Mecklenburg chapter handled the presentation of Colors during the ceremony.

The statue unveiling ceremony for Thomas Spratt and King Haigler was held December 5, 2014 on the Trail of History in Charlotte.

November 20, 2014 - Chapter Meeting Highlights

The Mecklenburg chapter held our final membership meeting of 2014 tonight with a special guest speaker, author Randell Jones. Randell spoke about the men and women who gathered to climb Kings Mountain and eventually defeat the British. Randell has written a book about these brave men and women, "Before They Were Heroes at Kings Mountain." See Randell in the photo below.

History author Randell Jones was our special guest during the Mecklenburg chapter SAR November 2014 meeting in Charlotte.

We also welcomed a new member, Mark McBeth, seen below taking the SAR oath of membership delivered by Jay Joyce.

Mecklenburg chapter president Jay Joyce delivers the new membership oath to Mark McBeth on November 20, 2014 in Charlotte.

November is also our chapter's annual meeting, so awards were presented to several chapter members for their outstanding service during 2014. In the top photo below, chapter secretary Ken Luckey receives the SAR Chapter Distinguished Service Medal from Jay Joyce.

Mecklenburg chapter secretary Ken Luckey receives the SAR Chapter Distinguished Service Medal from chapter president Jay Joyce on November 20, 2014 in Charlotte.

Two of our chapter's key members and past presidents, Tim Berly and Tom Phlegar, were presented with the Eagle Award of Meritorious and Unselfish Service (see photo below).

Long time chapter members and past presidents Tim Berly and Tom Phlegar receive the Eagle Award of Meritorious and Unselfish Service from Jay Joyce.

And both Bill Anderson and Dave Alls received the Bronze Roger Sherman Medal of Service for their major contributions to the SAR, our community and our chapter (see below photos.)

Mecklenburg chapter member Bill Anderson receives his Bronze Roger Sherman Award from chapter president Jay Joyce on November 20, 2014. Mecklenburg chapter registrar and color guard commander, David Alls, receives his Bronze Roger Sherman Medal & Certificate from president Jay Joyce on November 20, 2014.

November 8, 2014 - Annual Charlotte Veterans Day Parade

The Mecklenburg chapter, along with members of the Battle of Kings Mountain chapter, the SCSSAR, the Mecklenburg Historical Association and the South Carolina Sixth Regiment, formed a Combined Color Guard to lead the Charlotte Veterans Day parade today. We had two drummers and a fife player leading the Flag corps. The parade is sponsored each year by the Carolina's Freedom Foundation. The photos below are from the parade.

Mecklenburg chapter members assemble for the annual Charlotte Veterans Day Parade on November 8, 2014.
(In the photo above, left to right, Tom Phlegar, Ray Maxson, Dave Alls,
Neil Hohmann and Doyle Campbell gather to march in the parade.)

Mecklenburg chapter members gather for the Charlotte Veterans Day Parade on November 8, 2014.
(In the photo above, left to right, Tom Phlegar, Tim Berly, Tom Burgess and
Ray Maxson are ready to march in the Veterans Day Parade.)

November 7, 2014 - Chapter Attends Freedom Breakfast

The Mecklenburg chapter sponsored a table at the annual Carolina's Freedom Foundation Breakfast in Charlotte today. The Patriotic event is an annual fund raiser for the foundation's educational scholarship and youth training initiatives. Attending members included Jim Prosser, Jay Joyce, Tim Berly, Jim Wood, Ray Maxson, Dave Alls, a prospective new chapter member and Tom Phlegar. NC Governor Pat McCrory spoke about NC veterans programs.

Members of the Mecklenburg chapter, NCSSAR, attended the Carolina's Freedom Foundation breakfast on November 7, 2014 in Charlotte.

October 18, 2014 - Two Patriot Grave Markings in Concord, NC

The Mecklenburg chapter and the Lt. Col. John Phifer chapter co-sponsored a dual Patriot grave marking ceremony for Rev. Hezekiah James Balch and Benjamin Patton held at the Poplar Tent Presbyterian Church in Concord, NC. Several DAR chapters joined the SAR to present wreaths and honors. Our very special guest speaker was local historian and author Scott Syfert, who spoke about the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence from his latest book. Attending from our chapter was Tim Berly, Jim Wood, Ken Luckey, Ray Maxson, Dave Alls, Jim Prosser and Jay Joyce. The photos from the ceremony are below:

Mecklenburg chapter secretary Ken Luckey conducts the indoors portion of the grave marking ceremony on October 18, 2014 in Concord, NC. Charlotte attorney, author and speaker Scott Syfert addresses the grave marking ceremony about the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence.
(Above left, Mecklenburg chapter secretary Ken Luckey conducts the indoors portion
of the ceremony. Above right, Charlotte attorney, author and speaker Scott Syfert
delivers an exciting presentation on the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence.)

The Mecklenburg and Lt. Col. John Phifer chapters sponsored a dual Patriot grave marking ceremony for Rev. Hezekiah Balch and Benjamin Patton on October 18 2014 in Concord, NC.
(Above, the graves of both Patriots await the official unveiling of their SAR bronze
markers during the ceremony.)

October 7, 2014 - Kings Mountain 234th Anniversary

Several members of our Mecklenburg chapter attended the 234th anniversary of the Battle of Kings Mountain in Kings Mountain, NC, today. Tim Berly, Ken Luckey, Ray Maxson, Jim Wood represented our chapter at the annual ceremony. SAR President General Lindsey Brock was in attendance. A group photo of the North Carolina Combined Color Guard is below.

The NCSSAR Combined Color Guard at the October 7 2014 234th anniversary of the Battle of Kings Mountain.

October 4, 2014 - Mecklenburg Honors Two North Carolina Patriots

Members of our Mecklenburg chapter participated in the dual Patriot grave marking ceremony for Daniel Bryson and James Bryson, sponsored by the Silas McDowell chapter, NCSSAR.

"The day and the event could not have been more perfect to honor these two Patriot family members," said Jay Joyce, Mecklenburg chapter president. "Jim Wood, Tim Berly, Ken Luckey and I represented our chapter and assisted our friends in the Silas McDowell chapter with the SAR grave marker unveiling ceremony. It was a beautiful fall day and there were approximately 75 descendants, SAR and DAR members in attendance." (In the photo below, past NCSSAR and Mecklenburg chapter president Jim Wood renders honors during the ceremony.)

Past NCSSAR president Jim Wood renders honors during the Bryson Patriot grave marking ceremony at Sugarcreek Baptist Church in Franklin, NC on October 4 2014.

Mecklenburg chapter secretary Ken Luckey participates in the Color Guard at the Bryson Patriot Grave Marking Ceremony in Franklin, NC on October 4 2014.
(In the photo above, Mecklenburg chapter secretary and NCSSAR Western Adjutant Color Guard Commander Ken Luckey watches over the ceremony."

NCSSAR Sr. Vice President Tim Berly renders honors at the Bryson Patriot Grave Marking Ceremony in Franklin, NC on October 4 2014.
(In the photo above, NCSSAR Sr. Vice President, and past Mecklenburg chapter president, Tim Berly, renders honors during the grave marking ceremony.)

September 25, 2014 - We Can Only Imagine...

This is a photo taken on September 20, 2014 during the Graham and Brevard grave marking ceremony at Machpelah Presbyterian church and cemetery in Iron Station, NC. Past Mecklenburg chapter president Ray Maxson is carrying the "Betsy Ross" to the church cemetery in a brisk wind. We can only imagine that this type of scene repeated itself many times during the Revolutionary War.

Mecklenburg chapter member Ray Maxson carries the Besty Ross flag during a grave marking ceremony in Iron Station, NC on September 20, 2014.

September 20, 2014 - Patriot Plonk Grave Marking & Highway Sign

The Mecklenburg chapter sponsored a grave marking ceremony for Patriot Jacob Plonk II today at the Plonk Family Cemetery in Crouse, NC.

"Jacob Plunk II was a shoe-maker and carried a drawing of each man's feet so he could make shoes for them," said Bill Anderson, event chair and member of the Mecklenburg Chapter, NCSSAR. "All they had to do was to tell Jacob they needed a new pair of shoes and he would pull the pattern out of his saddle bag, along with some leather, and make the shoes."

The SAR grave marker was unveiled by two Plonk family descendants, as seen in the photo below.

Revolutionary War Patriot Jacob Plonk II was honored by the Mecklenburg chapter, NCSSAR, with an SAR grave marker on Sept. 20 2014 in Crouse, NC.

Many Plonk family descendants were on hand to participate in the ceremony by honoring their Patriot ancestor. (The photo below shows Mecklenburg chapter member and Plonk family descendant Bill Anderson rendering honors during the ceremony.)

Mecklenburg chapter NCSSAR member Bill Anderson renders honors to his Patriot ancestor Jacob Plonk II in Crouse, NC on Sept. 20 2014.

Immediately following the grave marker dedication, the Mecklenburg chapter participated in the unveiling of a new highway historical marker that the Lincoln County Historical Society funded and installed. Other NCSSAR chapters participating in the day's events included the Lt. Col. John Phifer chapter, the Catawba Valley Chapter, the Battle of Kings Mountain chapter and the Captain George Dickey chapter. NCSSAR State President Ken Wilson also attended the events.

The Mecklenburg chapter Color Guard participated in the highway historical sign unveiling ceremony for the Plonk Family Cemetery on Sept. 20 2014 in Crouse, NC.

"The new historical marker will help others who would like to stop and view the Plonk Family cemetery," added Anderson. "We were proud to be a part of this historic ceremony and honor one more Patriot who helped forge our country's independence."

September 20, 2014 - Patriots Graham & Brevard Grave Markings

The Mecklenburg and Catawba Valley Chapters co-sponsored a dual Patriot grave marking ceremony for General Joseph Graham and Captain Alexander Brevard at Machpelah Presbyterian Church cemetery in Iron Station, NC. (In the photo below, a short service is held inside the Machpelah church, dated from 1848.)

Macphelah Presbyterian Church in Iron Station, NC was the site for a Patriot grave marking for Joseph Graham and Alexander Brevard held on Sept 20 2014.

"Joseph Graham served as a major in command of the Mecklenburg County Dragoons from 1779-1781 fighting in 15 engagements across North and South Carolina during the Revolutionary War," said Tim Berly (in photo below), event chair and Sr. Vice President, NCSSAR. "Graham later served as Major General, 5th Division, in the North Carolina Militia. Graham Street in Charlotte is named in his honor and he is an ancestor of the Rev. Billy Graham."

NCSSAR Sr. Vice President Tim Berly addresses the ceremony for Patriots Graham and Brevard in Iron Station, NC on Sept 20 2014.

Alexander Brevard served as a 1st LT in the 1st NC from 1776-1778 until ill health while at Valley Forge forced him to return to North Carolina. "He then served as Captain and Quartermaster to General Gates, participating in the battles of Camden and Eutaw Springs," added Berly.

The Mecklenburg and Catawba Valley chapters sponsored a dual patriot grave marking for Joseph Graham and Alexander Brevard on Sept 20, 2014 in Iron Station, NC.

Both Patriots were honored with the unveiling of the bronze SAR grave markers at each of their grave stones. (In the photos below, General Joseph Graham's grave marker is on the left, and Captain Alexander Brevard's marker is on the right.)

The grave of Patriot General Joseph Graham in Iron Station, NC at Macphelah Presbyterian Church Sept. 20 2014. The grave marker for Patriot Captain Alexander Brevard at Macphelah Presbyterian Church in Iron Station, NC on Sept. 20 2014.

September 18, 2014 - Chapter Dinner Meeting & Skepticism!

Our chapter September dinner meeting featured a very special guest, Charlotte attorney and historical author Scott Syfert, who talked about his book, "The First American Declaration of Independence?"

Mecklenburg chapter members met for our September 18 2014 membership meeting in Charlotte, NC.

"We had 54 members and spouses in attendance to enjoy socializing and a wonderful dinner and dessert," said Tom Phlegar, chapter treasurer and event coordinator. "We always ensure that our members have ample opportunities to socialize before and during dinner."

Scott Syfert presents the story on the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence during the Mecklenburg chapter meeting on Sept 18 2014.

The star of the night was Scott Syfert with his lively presentation and ensuing discussion about the origins, rumors and truths on the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. Many members fielded questions and observations about Scott's book and discussion.

"To many historians and residents, the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence is one of the greatest mysteries in American history," said Syfert. "Did, in fact, Mecklenburg County declare independence from Great Britain more than a year (May 20, 1775) before anyone else?"

Syfert is the co-founder of the May 20th Society in Charlotte, the official annual commemoration of the MecDec.

Mecklenburg chapter president Jay Joyce presents new member Winborne Springs with his SAR membership certificate on Sept 18 2014.

A new member, Winborne Springs, was brought into the chapter by Jay Joyce, while several new members joined us with dual memberships: Chad Lloyd and Sam McKinstry. We also had several prospective members join us for the evening.

September 17, 2014 - Mecklenburg Attends Sen. Broyhill Speech

Mecklenburg chapter color guard members Jim Wood, Tim Berly and Jay Joyce traveled to High Point University to join the combined NCSSAR Color Guard to present the Colors for a speech delivered by former NC Senator James Broyhill.

The Mecklenburg chapter Color Guard with Senator James Broyhill at High Point University on Sept 17 2014.

"Senator Broyhill delivered a colorful presentation about the unique secrets and history of the U.S. Capital building," said Jay Joyce, Mecklenburg chapter president. "He shared the history of the actual building along with some funny stories about his 20+ years of service in the Capital itself."

September 13, 2014 - Patriot McJunkin Honored at Ceremony

The Daniel Morgan Chapter, SCSSAR, sponsored a grave marking for Patriot Major Joseph McJunkin beginning at The McJunkin Cemetery, 3535 Whitmire Hwy., Union, SC 29379. Major McJunkin served at the Battle of Kings Mountain, Cedar Springs, Hanging Rock, Musgrove's Mill, Hammond's Store, Blackstock's Ford, and the Battle of Cowpens. He was taken as a captive to Old Ninety-Six, where he was released on parole. He then aided Gen. Nathanael Greene at the Siege of Ninety-Six. Our chapter secretary, Ken Luckey, represented the Mecklenburg Chapter. In the photo below, Ken Luckey renders honors to Patriot McJunkin's grave.

Mecklenburg chapter secretary Ken Luckey attends the grave marking ceremony of Patriot Major Joseph McJunkin in Union County, SC on September 13 2014.

August 23, 2014 - NCSSAR Board of Managers Meet in Raleigh

The NCSSAR Summer Board of Managers meeting was held at the NC State University Club in Raleigh, NC, today. Among the highlights of the meeting was the formal change of command ceremony of retiring NCSSAR Color Guard Commander Dick Bishop and the induction of incoming NCSSAR Color Guard Commander Gary Green. There were also many awards from the SAR National Congress held back in July in Greenville, SC, presented to members. Compatriot and past NCSSAR State President John Thornhill announced that he is seeking the national position of SAR Historian General. The BOM unanimously endorsed Compatriot Thornhill for his campaign. Photos from the BOM are posted below.

Mecklenburg past president Jim Wood receives applause for his accomplishments in the NCSSAR on August 23 2014 in Raleigh.
(Above, chapter member Jim Wood receives applause for his longtime
service in the NCSSAR and the SAR.)

Mecklenburg chapter member Ken Luckey at the NCSSAR BOM in Raleigh on Aug 23 2014.
(Above, Mecklenburg chapter secretary and Western North Carolina Color
Guard adjutant Ken Luckey, prepares for a change in the Color Guard command.)

The Mecklenburg chapter received a Partners in Patriotism certificate from President General Joe Dooley at the SAR Congress in Greenville, SC on July 22, 2014.
(Above, the Mecklenburg chapter receives the Partners in Patriotism Certificate from
outgoing SAR President General Joe Dooley.)

August 16, 2014 - Patriot John McNeely Grave Marking Service

The Marquis de Lafayette and Salisbury chapters, NCSSAR, sponsored a grave marking ceremony for Patriot John McNeely at Back Creek Presbyterian Church and Cemetery in Mt. Ulla, Rowan County, NC. The ceremony included a large NCSSAR Color Guard and a large number of McNeely family descendants. Attending and participating in the Color Guard were Jim Williams, Dave Alls, Ken Luckey, Ray Maxson, Neil Hohmann and Jay Joyce. (In the photo below, descendants of Patriot John McNeely unveil the SAR grave marker during the ceremony. In the second photo below, members of the NCSSAR Color Guard stand easy for a group photo following the ceremony.)

Mecklenburg chapter members attended the grave marking of Patriot Col. John McNeely in Mt. Ulla, NC, on August 16 2014.

Mecklenburg chapter members join the NCSSAR color guard at the John McNeely grave marking on August 16 2014.

August 13, 2014 - Chapter Summer Socials a Big Success!

Mecklenburg chapter members conclude a summer tradition of "chapter social lunches" at Charlotte restaurants. "This is one of my favorite chapter activities because it's purely social and the topics of discussion cover just about everything," said Mecklenburg chapter member Bill Anderson. (See photo below.)

The Mecklenburg chapter, NCSSAR, holds our last social lunch for the summer of 2014.

August 9, 2014 - Mecklenburg Honors the Tryon Resolves

The 239th commemoration of the Signing of the Tryon Resolves (August 14, 1775) was sponsored by the Battle of Kings Mountain Chapter, NCSSAR, and held at the Tryonota Volunteer Fire Department, just 100 yards from the original signing site. Mecklenburg chapter members Jim Wood, Dave Alls, Ken Luckey and Jay Joyce attended and participated in the Color Guard. Photos from the event are below.

Mecklenburg chapter members participated in the 239th anniversary ceremonies of the Signing of the Tryon Resolves in Tryon, NC on August 9, 2014.

August 2, 2014 - Mecklenburg Visits "House in the Horseshoe"

The Marquis de Lafayette chapter, NCSSAR, sponsored a wreath presentation ceremony for Patriot Col. Benjamin Williams at the "House in the Horseshoe" in Sanford, NC. The rains failed to materialize in a downpour and some 50 or more SAR & DAR members, color guard representatives and re-enactors were present to witness this inaugural event. Patriot Colonel Benjamin Williams served his country at Guilford Courthouse and as a four-time governor of the State of North Carolina. Representing the Mecklenburg chapter was Ken Luckey and Tim Berly (in photo below).

Mecklenburg chapter members visited the House in the Horseshoe in Sanford, NC, to present a wreath to the grave of Col. Benjamin Williams on August 2 2014.

Mecklenburg chapter members presented honors to the grave site of Col. Benjamin Williams in Sanford, NC, on August 2, 2014.

July 26, 2014 - Mecklenburg Members Attend Schlup Ceremony

Several members of our Mecklenburg chapter participated in the grave marking ceremony for Patriot Conrad Schlup held at the Savitz United German Church Cemetery in China Grove, NC. Conrad Schlup is the father of the Sloop Family in North Carolina. The Salisbury chapter, NCSSAR, sponsored the event. Mecklenburg chapter members Ray Maxson, Dave Alls and Ken Luckey attended the grave marking and participated in the Color Guard. In the photo below, all three Mecklenburg chapter members participate in the ceremony.

Mecklenburg chapter members participated in the Patriot Conrad Schlup grave marking in China Grove, NC on July 26 2014.

July 20-23, 2014 - Mecklenburg Attends SAR National Congress

Several members of our Mecklenburg chapter attended the SAR National Congress held in Greenville, SC. Attending from our chapter included Ray Maxson, Robin Lattimore, Ken Luckey, Tim Berly, Paul Callanan, Jim Wood, Jim Prosser, Jay Joyce and Tony Zeiss. In the photo below, members of our chapter participated with the NCSSAR Color Guard to march in the parade to the Memorial Service held on Sunday, July 20th.

Mecklenburg chapter NCSSAR members participate in the Memorial Service parade at the SAR National Congress in Greenville, SC on July 20-24 2014.

July 16, 2014 - Summer Social Chapter Lunch in Dilworth

Our July social chapter lunch was held today at Dilworth Neighborhood Grille. Everybody enjoyed the conversation, food and time for getting to know more about our members. The next summer social chapter lunch is August 13 at the Dilworth Neighborhood Grille. Please RSVP with Jay Joyce at jay@mecklenburgsar.org. The August 13 lunch will be our last lunch of the summer (believe it or not!)

Members of our Mecklenburg chapter gather for the July 16 social lunch at Dilworth Neighborhood Grille in Charlotte.

July 12, 2014 - 234th Anniversary of the Battle of Colson's Mill

The Colson's Mill chapter hosted the 234th Anniversary of the Battle of Colson's Mill today in Norwood, NC. The largest crowd to date gathered to honor the history, men and women of this famous Revolutionary War battle, including representatives from the SAR, DAR, SR and civic organizations.

Mecklenburg chapter member Tony Zeiss portrays Revolutionary War hero Thomas Young during the 234th Anniversary of the Battle of Colson's Mill in Norwood, NC on July 12, 2014.

Special guest speaker Dr. Tony Zeiss (above in photo), member of our Mecklenburg chapter, portrayed his famous Revolutionary War figure, 16-year-old Thomas Young, from his award-winning novel, Backcountry Fury. Our Mecklenburg chapter members Ken Luckey, Dave Alls, Gus Succop, Tony Zeiss, Tim Berly, Doyle Campbell, and Jay Joyce participated in the Color Guard.

June 21, 2014 - 234th Anniversary of Ramsour's Mill

The 234th Anniversary of the Battle of Ramsour's Mill was held today in Lincolnton, NC. Chapters from around NC and SC were represented, along with DAR and local civic organizations. Our Mecklenburg chapter members Neil Hohmann, Ken Luckey, Jim Wood, Dave Alls, Tim Berly, Doyle Campbell, Ray Maxson and Jay Joyce participated in the Color Guard.

The Mecklenburg chapter NCSSAR participates in the 234th Anniversary of the Battle of Ramsour's Mill in Lincolngton, NC on June 21, 2014.

The Battle of Ramsour's Mill (June 20, 1780) was a fight involving neighbors, not regular army troops on either side. The battle itself claimed between a hundred and a hundred fifty lives, about the same number on each side. More than a hundred more were wounded. Some of those who fought at Ramsour's Mill and survived would die at Kings Mountain, some would nearly starve to death in the ensuing months because of a lack of supplies.

June 14, 2014 - Revolutionary War Patriot Receives Honors

Members of our Mecklenburg chapter participated with The Battle of Kings Mountain chapter as they sponsored their first Patriot grave marking ceremony for William Patterson at the historic Shiloh Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Grover, NC. Members from the NCSSAR, the SCSSAR, regional DAR chapters and Post 243 American Legion from Bessemer City participated in the event. A 21-gun salute and "Taps" were provided by Post 243 American Legion. Participating members from the Mecklenburg chapter included Tim Berly, Ray Maxson, Ken Luckey and Jay Joyce.

(In the photo below, Mecklenburg chapter secretary and Western NC Color Guard Adjutant Ken Luckey commands the combined Color Guard.)

Mecklenburg chapter secretary and Western NC Color Guard Adjutant Ken Luckey commands the combined Color Guard

(In the photo below, past chapter president Ray Maxson renders honors.)

past chapter president Ray Maxson renders honors

May 20, 2014 - "Meck Dec" Debuts at Charlotte Knight's Game

The annual celebration of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence extended beyond Trade and Tryon Streets this year. "Our Mecklenburg chapter joined the May 20th Society to bring the Meck Dec day ceremonies to the pre-game show in the new Charlotte Knight's stadium," said Mecklenburg chapter president Jay Joyce. (In the photo below, our Color Guard waits in the shadows of the 3rd base tunnel to enter the field.)

Mecklenburg SAR chapter Color Guard members wait to enter the Knight's stadium before the game on May 20 2014.

The pre-game show included a produced movie about Captain Jack and the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, a patriotic marching onto the field from our chapter Color Guard and May 20th Society reenactors, musket firings, a reading of the Mecklenburg Declaration and a cannon firing.

The Mecklenburg chapter Color Guard participates in the Charlotte Knight's salute to Meck Dec Day on May 20 2014.

Participating from the Mecklenburg chapter Color Guard included Jim Wood, Tim Berly, Neil Hohmann, Ray Maxson, Tom Phlegar and Jay Joyce. Earlier in the day, the traditional Meck Dec ceremony was held on Trade & Tryon Streets and our participating members included Jim Wood, Tim Berly, Ray Maxson and Dave Alls.

May 17, 2014 - Jim Wood Receives Patriot Medal at Patriot's Day

The 18th Annual Patriot's Day was held today at the Alamance Battleground Park and sponsored by the Alamance Battleground chapter. A surprise part of the day's ceremony was the awarding of the SAR Patriot Medal to our own Jim Wood! (In the photo below, current NCSSAR State President Ken Wilson, on left, presents Jim Wood with the Patriot Medal.)

Mecklenburg past president Jim Wood receives the SAR Patriot Medal from NCSSAR president Ken Wilson on May 17 2014.

"The Patriot Medal is awarded only by a state society and it is the highest award given for service at the state or chapter level," said Mecklenburg past president and current NCSSAR Sr. Vice President Tim Berly. "This medal is presented only to individuals and represents long, faithful and outstanding service at the state and/or chapter level to the SAR."

We congratulate Jim on his fantastic service to our chapter and state!

May 16, 2014 - JROTC Medals & Scholarship Awarded

As part of our chapter's dedication to presenting JROTC medals and an annual JROTC Outstanding Cadet scholarship, we attended the promotion awards ceremony today at the Military & Global Leadership Academy in Charlotte.

"Each year we attend this awards ceremony to honor 8th grade and high school JROTC cadets," said chapter president Jay Joyce. "We were lucky enough this year that our chapter's Outstanding JROTC Cadet Scholarship attends the academy so we could present the medal in person with the cadet's family and school watching."

In the photo below, Mecklenburg chapter president Jay Joyce has presented the SAR JROTC Bronze medal and certificate for outstanding academic and community achievements to Cadet Nathaniel Vang. Nathaniel's parents joined the presentation.

Mecklenburg SAR chapter president Jay Joyce presents the SAR JROTC Bronze Medal and Certificate to Cadet Nathaniel Vang at the Military & Global Leadership Academy in Charlotte, NC on 16 May 2014.

In the photo below, the Mecklenburg chapter's 2013-14 SAR Outstanding JROTC Medal and Scholarship was then presented to Cadet Caroline Tello. She was joined by her parents for the medal and $250 scholarship award presented annually by the Mecklenburg chapter.

Mecklenburg SAR chapter president Jay Joyce presents the chapter's 2013-14 Outstanding JROTC Cadet Scholarship and Medal to Cadet Caroline Tello of the Military & Global Leadership Academy in Charlotte, NC, on 16 May 2014.

May 15, 2014 - WWII, New Members & Awards at Meeting

Our spring membership meeting was held tonight at the Hilton Executive Park hotel in Charlotte with 58 members and guests in attendance, despite the soaking rain.

Following dinner and fellowship, new member Fred Alls was inducted by chapter president Jay Joyce (in photo below) as Fred's son, current chapter Color Guard Commander Dave Alls, assisted in the ceremony.

New Mecklenburg SAR chapter member Fred Alls receives his SAR membership on May 15 2014 in Charlotte, NC.

Four chapter members were then honored with the Bronze Good Citizenship Medal for their continued community service through various civic and community organizations. In the photo below, Jay Joyce, at left, presents the medal and certificate to Neil Hohmann, Ken Luckey, Dave Alls and Bill Anderson.

Members of the Mecklenburg SAR chapter receive the Bronze Good Citizenship Medal on May 15 2014 in Charlotte, NC.

The night's feature presentation was delivered by 20-year SAR member and WWII veteran Tom Burgess. Tom's presentation shared many photos from his collection of service in Germany as he and his Third Army Division moved across Europe. "I was 17 years old and part of the 87th Infantry Division fighting in France and Belgium, then eventually crossing into Germany," said Burgess. "My unit was one of the first to arrive in the town of Plauen, which was nearly destroyed by bombs." Tom served as an Infantryman fighting in the "Battle of the Bulge" and others.

Mecklenburg SAR chapter member and WWII veteran Tom Burgess addresses the membership meeting on May 15 2014 in Charlotte.

Tom served with the "Golden Acorn" division stationed at Fort Benning during World War II and was the first Infantry division to be decommissioned after the war.

Also honored and semi "roasted" was Paul and Keitha Callanan (in photos below). Paul received greetings from fellow chapter members in the form of throwback jokes from the likes of the Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts from the 1970's! Both Keitha and Paul took time to thank chapter members and to encourage members to get more involved with the SAR to make lifelong friends and memories. Paul and Keitha are moving to Michigan in June to begin a new chapter in their lives. We wish them well and will see them at SAR events.

Mecklenburg SAR Ladies Auxiliary member Keitha Callanan receives retirement honors on May 15 2014.

Mecklenburg SAR chapter member Paul Callanan thanks chapter members for his retirement honors on May 15 2014.

May 10, 2014 - Patriot Lewis Jetton Grave Marking

Our Mecklenburg chapter co-sponsored a Patriot grave marking with the Mecklenburg Chapter, DAR, for Lewis Jetton today at the Centre Presbyterian Church in Mooresville, NC. Patriot Jetton (1749-1826) is reported to have fired the first shot at the Battle of Cowan's Ford held in January 1781.

The Mecklenburg chapter DAR and the Mecklenburg chapter SAR sponsored a Patriot grave marking for Lewis Jetton on May 10 2014.

"Working with Regent Miriam Smith of the Mecklenburg chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, is a real privilege for our chapter," said Mecklenburg SAR chapter president Jay Joyce. "The DAR grave marking service is a wonderful blending of patriotic, religious and musical tribute."

Mecklenburg chapter DAR Regent Miriam Smith unveiled the DAR marker while Mecklenburg chapter SAR secretary Ken Luckey (below in photo) unveiled the SAR marker.

Mecklenburg chapter secretary Ken Luckey unveils the SAR grave marker for Patriot Lewis Jetton on May 10 2014.

Representing our Mecklenburg SAR chapter at the grave marking were Ken Luckey, Neal Hohmann, Ray Maxson, Paul Callanan, Jim Wood, Tim Berly and Jay Joyce. "Ken Luckey organized all of the SAR and Color Guard participation on behalf of our chapter," added Joyce. "We are already talking with the DAR to co-sponsor more grave markings and community events around our region."

May 8, 2014 - Chapter Members Attend "Colonial Gem"

Members of the Mecklenburg chapter participated in the "Colonial Gem" held at the Charlotte Museum of History. Approximately 300 community leaders and community organization members attended the awareness and fund raising event. (In the photo below, chapter member Tom Phlegar plucks the banjo to some colonial music while Jim Prosser and Ken Luckey stand next to the statue of Alexander Hezekiah.)

Mecklenburg chapter members attend the Colonial Gem at the Charlotte Museum of History on May 8 2014.

Jim Prosser, Jay Joyce, Pete Hubicki, Gus Succop, Charlie Succop, Tom Phlegar, Ken Luckey, Neil Hohmann and Mike Cathey represented the SAR and the Mecklenburg chapter. In the photo below, members gather to enjoy hand-crafted beer made from the stream water that flows on the Hezekiah Alexander property.

Members of our Mecklenburg chapter were in attendance for the Colonial Gem at the Charlotte Museum of History held on May 8 2014.

April 26, 2014 - North Carolina Annual State Convention

The annual NCSSAR state convention was held in Fayetteville, NC, this weekend. Members attending from our Mecklenburg chapter included Neil Hohmann, Paul Callanan, Tim Berly, Ray Maxson, Jim Wood, Ken Luckey, Jim Prosser and Jay Joyce. (In the photo below, NCSSAR state president and Mecklenburg chapter member Jim Wood prepares to pass his command to incoming president Ken Wilson.)

NCSSAR president Jim Wood prepares to pass his presidency to incoming president Ken Wilson on April 26 2014.

"The le Marquis de Lafayette chapter hosted this year's annual conference and they did an outstanding job for all of the attendees," said Jay Joyce, Mecklenburg chapter president. "The meeting and dining rooms were comfortable, large and featured some of the best audio visual presentations of any convention."

The workshops on Saturday featured topics like, "What a Chapter Secretary Needs to Know," "Being a Good Chapter President," and, "Helping New Members with Genealogy and SAR Application Assistance." (In the top photo, Ray and Helen Maxson enjoy the formal dinner festivities, and in the bottom photo, Paul and Keitha Callanan smile for the camera.)

Ray and Helen Maxson at the NCSSAR annual convention April 26 2014 in Fayetteville, NC.

Paul and Keitha Callanan enjoy the NCSSAR annual convention in Fayetteville, NC on April 26, 2014.

Saturday night was the formal awards presentation for the previous year's chapter and individual achievements. "Mecklenburg chapter won several awards including the 95% Member Retention Award, the Americanism Report Completion Award, the Large Chapter Membership Growth Award, and the Most Flag Certificates Presented Award," said Joyce. "In addition, several of our members earned individual achievement awards for their service to the chapter, state and SAR national levels."

April 12-13, 2014 - Chapter Holds Genealogy with Scottish

The Mecklenburg chapter participated in the 21st Scottish Festival at Rural Hill, NC, with a genealogy "tent" open to any visitor who wanted to document their ancestry for application into the SAR. (In the photo below, our chapter genealogy tent is prepared to greet the thousands of festival visitors.)

The Mecklenburg chapter opened a genealogy tent during the 21st annual Scottish Festival at Rural Hill, NC on April 12-13 2014.

"Over the two days we spoke with hundreds of people who stopped by our tent inquiring about documenting their ancestry and how to pull all of the research together to possibly join the SAR," said Jay Joyce, Mecklenburg chapter president. "Out of all of those conversations, we have approximately 25 solid applicants who know their connections to Revolutionary War Patriots and are interested in pursuing the SAR application." (In the photo below, chapter members Ken Luckey, on left, and Jay Joyce, on right, talk with a prospective new SAR member who is interested in documenting his links to his Patriot ancestor."

Mecklenburg chapter members Ken Luckey and Jay Joyce visit with a prospective new SAR member during the genealogy workshop on April 12-13 2014 at Rural Hill, NC.

"This was our first year participating with the Scottish Festival," added Ken Luckey, Mecklenburg chapter secretary. "Outside of Scotland, North Carolina is the largest geographic area of Scottish settlers with enormous ties to fighting for American independence in the Revolutionary War. This was a very successful genealogy workshop and we have already committed to participate again next year."

March 16, 2014 - Forgotten Patriots of Color are Honored

The NCSSAR hosted a ceremony honoring fourteen Forgotten Revolutionary War Patriots of the North Harlowe community by dedicating a memorial marker at the Harlowe-Havelock Senior Center in Havelock, NC. Families of Free Persons of Color before the American Revolution populated the Harlowe communities of Craven and Carteret Counties. Read a newspaper article with full details here. (In the photo below, Mecklenburg chapter member Paul Callanan, on right, commands the Color Guard during the ceremony for the 14 Forgotten Patriots of Color in Havelock, NC.)

Mecklenburg chapter member Paul Callanan commands the Color Guard during the ceremony for the 14 Forgotten Patriots of Color in Havelock, NC on March 16, 2014.

“These families furnished at least fourteen of their men to fight for the cause of Liberty throughout the Revolution,” said NCSSAR President Jim Wood. “They fought from the battles around New York and New Jersey in the early part of the War, through Valley Forge, where the American Army was truly born, the battles in Pennsylvania, both sieges of Charleston, and the battles of the Southern Campaigns that ended the War.” (In the photo below, NCSSAR President and Mecklenburg chapter member Jim Wood, on right, poses with SAR President General Joseph Dooley, on left, and a descendant of one of the Forgotten Patriots in front of the granite monument listing the 14 Patriot's names.)

NCSSAR President and Mecklenburg chapter member Jim Wood, on right, poses with SAR President General Joseph Dooley, on left, and a descendant of one of the Forgotten Patriots on March 16 2014 in Havelock, NC.

The Patriots that were honored represented these small groups of families. Various members of this group of Patriots fought in some of the key battles of the Revolution and some manned the garrison at Fort Hancock at Cape Lookout, the only fort constructed in North Carolina during the Revolution. Descendants and family members were present. And SAR President General Joseph Dooley addressed the gathering. A granite monument was unveiled containing the names of the 14 Forgotten Patriots.

March 15, 2014 - 233rd Anniversary of Guilford Courthouse

The 233rd anniversary of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse was held today in Greensboro, NC, at the Guilford Courthouse National Battlefield Park. (In the photo below, NCSSAR President and Mecklenburg chapter member Jim Wood walks alone to his post to address the event.)

NCSSAR President Jim Wood walks alone to his post for the 233rd anniversary of the Battle of Guilford's Courthouse on March 15 2014 in Greensboro, NC.

"We had several hundred SAR, DAR, SR and Revolutionary War reenactors participate in the main ceremony and program," said chapter president Jay Joyce. "Our SAR President General, Joseph Dooley, delivered an exciting talk about Generals Cornwallis and Greene and their personal accounts of the battle, which turned out to be quite different from each other!"

(In the photo below, Mecklenburg chapter secretary Ken Luckey, on left, talks with NCSSAR Color Guard Commander Dick Bishop about the fine details of managing a Color Guard.)

Mecklenburg chapter member Ken Luckey, on left, talks with NCSSAR Color Guard Commander Dick Bishop during the 233rd anniversary of the Battle of Guilford's Courthouse on March 15 2014 in Greensboro, NC.