November 12, 2017 - U.S. Flag Burning Ceremony

Our Mecklenburg chapter Color Guard attended the Mint Hill VFW's annual U.S. Flag retirement ceremony today at VFW Hall Post 4059, 11341 Bain School Road, Mint Hill, NC 28277. This annual event brings together SAR Color Guard members, VFW Hall members, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, DAR and the Knights of Columbus. Our own chapter member Ray Maxson hosted the ceremony. Chapter Color Guard members in attendance included Dave Alls, Jim Tatum and John Allen.

Mecklenburg chapter SAR Color Guard attended a U.S. flag burning ceremony on November 12 2017 in Mint Hill, NC.
Mecklenburg SAR members Jim Tatum and John Allen attend the Mint Hill VFW flag burning ceremony on November 12, 2017.

October 14, 2017 - Patriot Grave Marking for Gen. Robert Irwin

Our Mecklenburg chapter and the Gen. William Lee Davidson Chapter, Sons of the Revolution in North Carolina, co-sponsored a grave marking ceremony for Patriot General Robert Irwin at the Steele Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

The Mecklenburg chapter SAR participated in a Patriot grave marking for General Robert Irwin on October 14 2017 at Steele Creek Presbyterian Church.

Members of the SAR, SR and DAR gathered with members of the church congregation to learn about Gen. Irwin's life and his contributions toward American freedom.

DAR member Betsy Blankenship, a descendant of Gen. Irwin's, delivered an informative presentation about his life.

The Mecklenburg chapter SAR honored Patriot General Robert Irwin with a grave marking ceremony on October 14 2017 at Steele Creek Presbyterian Church in Charlotte.

Members attending from the Mecklenburg chapter include Dave Alls, Wallace Smith, Greg Catledge, Bill McCown, Gus Succop, Neil Hohmann, Jim Tatum, John Allen, Guy Chamberlain, Ed Toney and Jay Joyce.

September 23, 2017 - Compatriot Grave Service for Tim Berly

Members of the Mecklenburg chapter, the North Carolina Society and friends from across the state and Georgia gathered to honor Compatriot Tim Berly in Raleigh, NC.

The Mecklenburg chapter sponsored a Compatriot Grave Service for Tim Berly on September 23 2017 in Raleigh.

The service included a silent rendering of honors by all attending, a bagpiper and a bugler to render TAPS.

September 14, 2017 - Attakullakulla Presentation in Charlotte

Attakullakulla was the Peace Chief of the Cherokee Nation from about 1754 until his death (ca.1780-1783). He was called the "most important Indian of his day." He was trained to become a leader among the Cherokee people.

Cherokee chief Attakullakulla was a special guest at the September 14 2017 Mecklenburg chapter meeting in Charlotte.

Chief Attakullakulla made an appearance at our September chapter meeting to teach and share Cherokee and Revolutionary War stories about the Chief and his involvement with the formation of our new nation.

Attakullakulla is portrayed magnificently by Captain Robert K. Rambo (USA, Ret.), who earned his BA (History) from the Virginia Military Institute, his teacher certification (History) at UVAWise, and his M.A. (US History Cherokee Studies Program) at Western Carolina University. His research centered on Attakullakulla during the 18th century.

September 9, 2017 - Patriot Marking at Biltmore Estate

The Mecklenburg chapter Color Guard participated in the grave marking of Patriot Joshua Jones, who is buried on Biltmore Estate in Asheville.

Mecklenburg chapter SAR members participated in the Color Guard for the Patriot Joshua Jones grave marking on Biltmore Estate on September 9 2017.

Chapter members Bill McCown, John Allen, Jim Tatum and Jay Joyce joined the Color Guard and represented our chapter. The Blue Ridge Chapter, NCSSAR, and the Daniel Morgan Chapter, SCSSAR, co-sponsored the grave marking.

Mecklenburg chapter Color Guard members participated in the Sept 9 2017 Patriot Joshua Jones grave marking on Biltmore Estate.

August 26, 2017 - Mecklenburg Chapter Holds Local BOM

The Mecklenburg chapter officers and board of managers met today to conduct the business of our chapter.

Our chapter treasurer Tom Phlegar reported that we have a balance of $7,300 as we head into the fourth quarter. Tom also requested the board to consider and approve the program speakers for our September and November meetings of 2018 and a special guest of Mark Twain for our President's Day Community Dinner in February 2019.

A list of nominations for chapter officers for the 2017-2018 year were presented and approved by the board. Those nominations include Dave Alls, president, Guy Chamberlain, vice president, Chad Lloyd, secretary, Stephen McKee, assistant secretary, Tom Phlegar, treasurer, Bill Anderson, historian, Greg Catledge, registrar/genealogist, and David Galusha and George Miller as chapter chaplains.

August 19, 2017 - North Carolina State BOM

The North Carolina SAR held the summer Board of Managers meeting today at the Old Salem Visitor's Center in Salem, NC.

Attending from the Mecklenburg chapter were Jim Wood, John Allen, Jim Tatum, Jay Joyce and Bill McCown. Chapter member John Allen (below in photo), chairman of our "33 Patriots" project for 2018, presented the "33 Patriots" project details to the meeting.

Mecklenburg chapter SAR member John Allen delivers a presentation on "33 Patriots" to the North Carolina BOM on August 19 2017.

Our chapter registrar and genealogist, Dave Alls, received the Liberty Award with three Oak Leaf Clusters for his phenomenal new member application and supplemental application accomplishments.

Jay Joyce received his Silver Color Guard medal from SAR national president general Larry Guzy.

August 12, 2017 - The 242nd Anniversary of the Tryon Resolves

The Battle of Kings Mountain chapter held the commemoration ceremony for the 242nd Anniversary of the Signing of the Tryon Resolves today. The site of the celebration was the Tryonota Volunteer Fire Department in Bessemer City, NC, about 150 yards from the original site of the signing. DAR and SAR chapters were in attendance to hear the reading of the Tryon Resolves and to hear local historian, author and genealogist Robert Carpenter share his stories about the Resolves.

The 242nd Anniversary of the Signing of the Tryon Resolves was held August 12 2017 in Bessemer City, NC.

Participating from the Mecklenburg chapter Color Guard included Jim Tatum, John Allen, Jay Joyce, Jim Wood and Bill McCown. In the photo below, Battle of Kings Mountain chapter president Brian Smith reads the Tryon Resolves.

Battle of Kings Mountain chapter president Brian Smith reads the Tryon Resolves during the 242nd Anniversary of the signing.

July 22, 2017 - The 237th Anniversary of Colson's Mill

Members of the Mecklenburg chapter Color Guard attended the 237th Anniversary of the Battle of Colson's Mill in Norwood, NC today. This is a major Patriot victory against loyalists and was the battle that effectively broke any remaining loyalist sympathies along the Yadkin River Valley.

Mecklenburg chapter SAR at the 237th Anniversary of the Battle of Colson's Mill in Norwood, NC on July 22 2017.

The speaker was regional Revolutionary War author and educator Chris Stonestreet. Chris delivered an exciting presentation about the events leading up to Colson's Mill and how the Patriots surprised the loyalists in the early morning hours of July 21, 1780. Chris is in the photo below.

Revolutionary War author and educator Chris Stonestreet at the Colson's Mill anniversary in Norwood, NC on July 22 2017.

In the photo below, Daniel Burleson, president of the Colson's Mill SAR chapter, leads the program.

Colson's Mill SAR chapter president Daniel Burleson leads the 237th Anniversary of the Battle of Colson's Mill in Norwood, NC on July 22 2017.

Members from the Mecklenburg chapter Color Guard in attendance included John Allen, Jim Tatum, Jim Wood, Jay Joyce, Ray Maxson and prospective new member Bill McCown.

July 15, 2017 - SAR/DAR Night at "Liberty Mountain"

The 2nd annual SAR/DAR Night was held tonight at the Revolutionary War drama "Liberty Mountain" in Kings Mountain. Members from several regional SAR and DAR chapters attended dinner and the production. "This year's production was really different from previous years because they mixed in new production elements that really wowed the audience!" said Mecklenburg SAR chapter member Tom Phlegar. The SAR/DAR 3rd Annual Night will be announced soon for next year and will include the large BBQ before the show.

Mecklenburg SAR chapter attended the Revolutionary War drama Liberty Mountain in Kings Mountain on July 15 2017.

July 4, 2017 - New U.S. Citizen Naturalization Ceremony

Members of the Mecklenburg chapter Color Guard participated in the 2nd annual New U.S. Citizen Naturalization Ceremony held at the Charlotte Museum of History. 32 new U.S. citizens took their oath of citizenship during the ceremony. They were from 12 different countries, ranging from Colombia to the UK.

Mecklenburg SAR chapter Color Guard members attend the New Citizen U.S. naturalization ceremony in Charlotte on July 4 2017.

Chapter members John Allen, Neil Hohmann, Ray Maxson, Jim Tatum, Jay Joyce, Dave Alls, Jim Wood, Tom Phlegar and new member Bill McCown participated. Chapter member John Donnelly was also in attendance. And members of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Chapter, DAR, were in attendance, too.

The Mecklenburg SAR Color Guard presented the Colors at the July 4 2017 new citizen ceremony at the Charlotte Museum of History.

June 25, 2017 - U.S. Flag Retirement Ceremony in Charlotte

Members of the Mecklenburg chapter Color Guard participated with the Knights of Columbus in a flag retirement ceremony today at St. Matthews Church in Charlotte. Chapter members Jim Wood and Ray Maxson presented with the Color Guard and helped to fold and burn retired U.S. flags.

Mecklenburg SAR members participate with the Knights of Columbus in a U.S. Flag Retirement & Burning ceremony in Charlotte on June 25 2017.

June 17, 2017 - Chapter's Americanism Poster Winner Selected

This year's Americanism Poster Contest winner is Rachel C. from Polo Ridge Elementary School! Mecklenburg chapter past president Jim Wood presented her certificate and cash prize to her in her classroom as her teacher, Jason Sword, looked on. Rachel illustrated a poster about Revolutionary War Patriot Hannah Blair, who carried secret messages to the Whigs so they would be prepared for what the Tories had planned.

The Mecklenburg chapter SAR and the 5th grade Americanism Poster winner from Polo Ridge Elementary School on June 8 2017.
The 2017 Americanism Poster winner from Polo Ridge Elementary School and the Mecklenburg SAR chapter in Charlotte.

June 9, 2017 - Mecklenburg Participates in Ramsour's Mill

Members of the Mecklenburg chapter Color Guard participated in the SAR National Commemoration of the Battle of Ramsour's Mill in Lincolnton, NC today. Members of the Mecklenburg chapter who participated included Jim Wood, Jim Tatum, John Allen, Bill Anderson, Jay Joyce and Ray Maxson.

Mecklenburg SAR chapter partcipated in the annual Ramsours Mill commemoration in Lincolnton on June 9 2017.

May 27, 2017 - Patriot Grave Marking in Statesville, NC

Members of the Mecklenburg chapter Color Guard participated with the Catawba Valley and Salisbury chapters to present a grave marking for Patriot William McKee. In the photo below, South Atlantic District Vice President General-Elect Jim Wood brings greetings to the ceremony attendees. Jim is a member of our Mecklenburg chapter.

Mecklenburg SAR chapter past president Jim Wood speaks at the Patriot William McKee grave marking ceremony in Statesville, NC on May 27 2017.

The ceremony was held in the Old Fourth Creek Burying Ground in downtown Statesville and was attended by several SAR and DAR chapters.

North Carolina Patriot William McKee served as a wagon master in the Revolutionary War. Delivery of much-needed supplies, parts and munitions were dependent upon the expertise of patriots like McKee who not only handled teams of horses and wagons but also carried his weapon to fight the British as the occasion rose.

McKee’s service began in 1776 in the Blue Ridge Mountains followed by tours and excursions along the North and South Carolina border near Waxhaw, New Providence and Charlotte. He later served at Cowan’s Ford on the Catawba River and was also stationed at the Old Trading Ford on the Yadkin River southeast of Salisbury. In the photo below, Catawba Valley Chapter SAR member Mark Lackey unveils his Patriot ancestor's SAR grave marker during the ceremony.

Catawba Valley SAR member Mark Lackey unveils his Patriot ancestor's grave marker on May 27 2017 in Statesville, NC.

May 19, 2017 - Chapter Attends Annual "Meck Dec" Ceremonies

Members of our Mecklenburg chapter attended the annual Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence ceremonies in Uptown Charlotte today.

Our chapter Color Guard provided the Colors for the ceremony.

Members of our Mecklenburg chapter attended the annual Meck Dec ceremonies in Uptown Charlotte on May 19 2017.

Following the Uptown ceremony, our Color Guard and drummer Tom Phlegar led the entire group to Settlers' Cemetery for a salute to Col Thomas Polk.

In the photo above (left to right), participating in the ceremonies and representing our chapter included Bill Anderson, Chad Lloyd, Jay Joyce, Tom Phlegar and Jim Tatum.

May 13, 2017 - Patriot Matthew Stewart Honored with Marking

Patriot Captain Matthew Stewart was honored today with a DAR grave marking ceremony held at Philadelphia Presbyterian Church in Mint Hill, NC. Participating from the Mecklenburg Chapter Color Guard included John Allen, Jim Tatum, Jim Wood, Dave Alls and Ray Maxson. The Clear Creek Militia chapter of the DAR sponsored the grave marking.

Mecklenburg SAR chapter members participated in a grave marking ceremony today for Patriot Captain Matthew Stewart in Mint Hill, NC at Philadelphia Presbyterian Church on May 13 2017.

May 3, 2017 - ROTC Student Honored with SAR Award

Mecklenburg chapter board of managers member Chad Lloyd presented the SAR JROTC achievement award to Cadet Keshawn Cherry, a student at Harding University High School in Charlotte.

Mecklenburg chapter board of managers member Chad Lloyd presents a ROTC SAR award on May 3 2017.

May 1, 2017 - Chapter Summer Social Lunches Return!

Get ready to be social! Everybody, spouses, guests, friends...you're all invited to the monthly Summer Social Lunches beginning at 11:30am at Dilworth Neighborhood Grille, 911 E Morehead St., Charlotte, NC 28204.

Mecklenburg chapter summer lunches return on June 14, July 12 and August 16 2017.

The summer lunch dates are June 14, July 12 and August 16, 2017.

RSVP to Jay Joyce at jay@mecklenburgsar.org. Come have fun. Come be social. Come meet new people. Eat food! We look forward to seeing you for the return of our Summer Social Lunches!

April 22, 2017 - Jim Tatum Earns Color Guardsman of the Year

Mecklenburg chapter member Jim Tatum has been selected and awarded the 2017 Color Guardsman of the Year by the North Carolina SAR. In the photo below, Jim receives his award from State President Gary Green.

Mecklenburg chapter member Jim Tatum receives the 2017 Color Guardsman of the Year on April 22 2017.

January 11, 2017 - Chapter Member Speaks at Mundy House

Mecklenburg chapter member John Allen was the guest speaker at a meeting of the Mundy House and History Center of East Lincoln County in Denver, NC. John delivered his SAR presentation on his Vietnam experiences to a packed house of Vietnam War Veterans, DAR and SAR members. Other chapter members attending included Ken Luckey, Jim Tatum and Jay Joyce.

Mecklenburg chapter member John Allen delivers a Vietnam War presentation to the Mundy House on January 11 2017. Foothills District Vice President Jay Joyce also donated a $250 check to the Mundy House from the Mecklenburg chapter. (see photo below)

SAR Foothills District Vice President Jay Joyce presents The Mundy House with a $250 donation from the Mecklenburg SAR chapter.