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.

The Mecklenburg chapter is sponsoring a 33 Patriots grave marking on November 10, 2018 at Centre Presbyterian Church in Mooresville, NC.

John Allen presented the latest update on our "33 Patriots" initiative that has started and will culminate on November 9-10, 2018. We will be marking 33 Patriot graves at one time at Centre Presbyterian Church in Mooresville, NC.

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.

December 17, 2016 - Chapter Embraces Wreaths Across America

Members of our Mecklenburg chapter joined forces with members of the Mecklenburg and Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence chapters, NCSDAR, to participate in this year's Wreaths Across America ceremony at Forest Lawn East Cemetery in Matthews.

Family, community and organization members gather to release their balloons during the Wreaths Across America ceremony in Charlotte on December 17 2016.

More than 500 donated wreaths were distributed to veterans gravesites across the cemetery. In the photo below, Marsha Hannah of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence chapter, NCSDAR, presents honors to a Korean War veteran during the ceremony.

Marsha Hannah, Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence DAR chapter member, renders honors during the Wreaths Across America ceremony in Charlotte on December 17 2016.

In the photo below, Mecklenburg chapter president Ken Luckey renders honors (top photo below) and Mecklenburg chapter Board of Manager's member John Allen renders his honors during the ceremony (middle photo below). And in the bottom photo, Mecklenburg chapter secretary Guy Chamberlain renders honors while his wife, Louise Chamberlain, regent of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Chapter DAR, places a wreath on a veteran's grave during the ceremony.

Mecklenburg chapter president Ken Luckey renders honors on December 17 2016 at Wreaths Across America in Charlotte.
Mecklenburg chapter board of managers member John Allen Sr. renders honors on December 17 2016 during Wreaths Across America in Charlotte.
Mecklenburg chapter secretary Guy Chamberlain renders honors while his wife, Louise Chamberlain, regent of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Chapter DAR, places a wreath on a veteran's grave during the Wreaths Across America Ceremony on December 17 2016 in Charlotte.

December 5, 2016 - SAR Community Award to CMPD

Our Mecklenburg chapter presented a SAR Law Enforcement Commendation Medal to Lieutenant Zeru Chickoree of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department today for his work in SWAT negotiations and police officer training. In the photo below, Jay Joyce with the Mecklenburg chapter SAR presents Lt. Chickoree his SAR medal.

Mecklenburg member Jay Joyce presents the SAR Law Enforcement Commendation Medal to CMPD Lt. Zeru Chickoree on December 5 2016.

Lieutenant Chickoree has been a distinguished member of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department since 1998. Lieutenant Chickoree has served tirelessly, with integrity, conviction, and honor for 18 years through many ranks leading to his current assignment as an executive officer in Field Services Group North.

A presentation was also made to Chief Kerr Putney for the exemplary performance that the entire team of men and women with CMPD exhibited during the year in keeping our city and community safe. In the photo below, Jay Joyce presents the award to Chief Putney.

Mecklenburg SAR member Jay Joyce presents a special SAR Law Enforcement Award to CMPD Chief Kerr Putney on December 5 2016.

December 3, 2016 - Patriot Grave Marking Held in Conover, NC

Members of our Mecklenburg chapter traveled to Conover, NC to support the Patriot grave marking service of Lt. Polsar Sigmon, sponsored by the Catawba Valley chapter, North Carolina SAR.

Mecklenburtg chapter members and Catawba Valley chapter members marked the grave of Patriot Polsar Sigmon on December 4 2016 in Convover, NC.

The ceremony was held at St. John's Lutheran Church in Conover, NC. Our chapter members that attended included Jim Tatum, Ken Luckey, Neil Hohmann, Bill McCown and Jay Joyce.

The grave of Revolutionary War Patriot Lt. Polsar Sigmon was marked on December 3 2016 in Conover, NC.

December 3, 2016 - The 241st Anniversary of Great Bridge

Mecklenburg chapter member John Allen represented our chapter during the ceremonies of the 241st Anniversary of the Battle of Great Bridge near Great Bridge, VA. The original battle took place on December 9, 1775.

The 241st Anniversary of the Battle of Great Bridge was held on December 3, 2016 in Great Bridge, VA.

The victory by Continental Army and militia forces led to the departure of Governor Lord Dunmore and any remaining vestiges of British power from the Colony of Virginia during the early days of the conflict.

The Mecklenburg chapter attended the 241st Anniversary of the Battle of Great Bridge in Great Bridge, VA on December 3, 2016.

November 12, 2016 - Chapter Member Marks Ancestor's Grave

Mecklenburg chapter member Wallace Smith led a drive for our chapter to team with the COL William Bratton chapter of the South Carolina SAR to mark the grave of his Patriot ancestor, John Harden. The ceremony was held at the beautiful and old cemetery next to the Old Purity Presbyterian Church in Chester, SC.

The Mecklenburg chapter SAR co-sponsored a grave marking for Patriot John Harden in Chester, SC on November 12, 2016.

Wallace Smith' grandchildren (in the photo above) and wife were in attendance and they participated in the ceremony. In the photo below, Wallace Smith unveils the SAR marker.

Mecklenburg chapter member Wallace Smith unveils the SAR grave marker for his Patriot ancestor John Harden in Chester, SC on November 12, 2016.

Other Mecklenburg chapter members in attendance included Jim Wood, Jim Tatum, Neil Hohmann, Dave Alls, Jay Joyce and Ken Luckey.

November 9, 2016 - Chapter Member Speaks to DAR Event

Mecklenburg chapter member John Allen was the guest speaker at the Piedmont Patriots Chapter, DAR, this evening. John spoke on his service during the Vietnam War and Patriotism from that war.

Mecklenburg chapter member John Allen spoke to the DAR about Patriotism and his service in Vietnam on November 9 2016.

November 8, 2016 - Mecklenburg Visits Battle of Kings Mountain

Several members of our Mecklenburg chapter visited the dinner meeting of the Battle of Kings Mountain chapter this evening in Kings Mountain. Their guest speaker was author Warren Bingham who spoke about George Washington's 1791 Southern Tour through the Carolinas, Georgia and Virginia.

The Battle of Kings Mountain chapter dinner meeting on November 8 2016.

Members attending from the Mecklenburg chapter included Jay Joyce, new member Bill McCown and Ken Luckey, president.

Mecklenburg chapter members visit the Battle of Kings Mountain chapter dinner meeting on November 8 2016.

November 7, 2016 - The American Airlines Freedom Breakfast

Members of the Mecklenburg chapter attended the annual American Airlines Freedom Breakfast presented by the Carolinas Freedom Foundation. Attending members this year included Tim Berly, Tom Phlegar, Jim Tatum, Ken Luckey, Dave Alls, John Allen and new member Bill McCown.

Members of the Mecklenburg SAR chapter attend the Carolina's Freedom Foundation Breakfast on November 7 2016 in Charlotte.

November 6, 2016 - Davidson Graves Marked with American Flags

Mecklenburg chapter member John Allen participated in a U.S. Flag distribution event where attendees marked every Veteran's grave with a U.S. Flag. Three local cemeteries in Davidson, NC, were visited and marked with the flags, under the leadership of Davidson town Mayor John Woods. Veterans for all wars, Revolutionary, 1812, Mexican War, Civil War, Spanish American, WWI, WWII, Vietnam and Middle Eastern wars were marked with American flags. Compatriot Allen spoke about the life of General William Lee Davidson whose name was given to the college and town after the Battle of Cowan's Ford.

Mecklenburg chapter member John Allen participated in marking the Veteran's graves in three Davidson cemeteries on November 6 2016.

November 5, 2016 - Charlotte Veterans Day Parade

The Mecklenburg chapter Color Guard led the Charlotte Veterans Day Parade in Uptown Charlotte today. Participating members included Tom Burgess, John Allen, Jim Wood, Ken Luckey, Dave Alls, Tom Phlegar, Jim Tatum, Tim Berly, Jay Joyce, new member Bill McCown, and past SCSSAR president Dan Woodruff and his wife Sherilyn.

Members of the Mecklenburg SAR Color Guard prepare to march in the annual Veterans Day Parade in Uptown Charlotte on November 5 2016.

The Mecklenburg chapter Color Guard get ready to lead the Veterans Day Parade on November 5 2016 in Charlotte, NC.

November 3, 2016 - Chapter Membership Dinner & Program

Our Mecklenburg chapter held our final dinner meeting of 2016 with a full house of 74 attendees. For the third year in a row, we enjoyed a lively presentation from Randell Jones on the Famous and Infamous Women of North Carolina's history! Randell is a great friend of our chapter and he really knows how to tell a story and excite our group.

Members of the Mecklenburg chapter SAR enjoy the meeting on November 3 2016 in Charlotte.

Several new members were inducted and annual awards were presented to several members who have provided outstanding service to the chapter in 2016.

Tom Phlegar, Tom Burgess and Wallace Smith received the Bronze Roger Sherman medal and certificate.

John Allen, Neil Hohmann, Jim Tatum, Gus Succop and Guy Chamberlain received the Silver Roger Sherman medal and certificate.

The 2016 Chapter Distinguished Service Medal was awarded to Jim Tatum (in the top photo below) and the 2016 Outstanding Member of the Year Patriot Award was presented to Dave Alls (in the bottom photo below).

Mecklenburg chapter member Jim Tatum receives the SAR Distinguished Chapter Member Award from president Ken Luckey on November 3 2016. Mecklenburg chapter member Dave Alls receives the 2016 Chapter Member of the Year Patriot Award from president Ken Luckey on November 3 2016.

October 22, 2016 - Chapter Leadership Meets

The Mecklenburg chapter leadership met today for discussion on chapter growth, membership retention, 2017 programs, youth awards and scholarships and improving business practices for the benefit of the members.

Member Dave Alls introduced several amendments to our chapter bylaws that were unanimously approved to present to the chapter membership at the November 3 dinner meeting.

October 15, 2016 - Two Patriot Graves Marked in Belmont, NC

The Mecklenburg chapter and the Major William Chronicle chapter, NCSDAR, together marked the graves of two Revolutionary War Patriots today in the Smith Family Cemetery in Belmont, NC.

The graves of Patriots Matthew Armstrong and Matthew Leeper were marked with their ancestors present for the ceremony.

Matthew Armstrong and Matthew Leeper grave marking in Belmont NC on Oct 15 2016.

Mecklenburg chapter SAR marks the graves of Patriots Matthew Leeper and Matthew Armstrong in Belmont NC on Oct. 15 2016.

Mecklenburg chapter compatriots Jim Tatum, John Allen, Dave Alls and Jay Joyce participated in the Color Guard with Guy Higgins of the Patriot Isaac Carter chapter, NCSSAR.

Mecklenburg chapter members honor Patriots Leeper and Armstrong in Belmont, NC on Oct. 15 2016.

October 14, 2016 - Rededication of DAR Jubilee Forest

Compatriot Jim Tatum represented our Mecklenburg SAR chapter at the rededication ceremony of the DAR Jubilee Forest in Transylvania County, NC, along the Blue Ridge Parkway. In the photo below, left to right, Susan Waldkirch and Vivia Tatum, members of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Chapter NCSDAR, and Jim Tatum pose.

Mecklenburg chapter SAR compatriot Jim Tatum with Vivia Tatum and Susan Waldkirch at the DAR Jubilee Forest rededication ceremony in NC on Oct 14 2016.

In 1939, the President General, Mrs. Henry M. Robert, chose the Penny Pine program as one of her Golden Jubilee National Projects. Each state was to have a memorial forest, beginning in 1939 and culminating in 1941 on the NSDAR 50th Anniversary. Each chapter across the country was to pledge, at the very least, one acre of pine seedlings. Five dollars an acre at a penny each equals 500 trees.

October 7, 2016 - Annual Battle of Kings Mountain Ceremony

In spite of the rains from Hurricane Matthew off the coast of North Carolina, hundreds of SAR, DAR and members of historical societies gathered in Kings Mountain for the 236th Anniversary of the Battle of Kings Mountain. Compatriots Jim Tatum, Tom Phlegar, Ray Maxson and Tim Berly. In the photo below, chapter member Tom Phlegar plays "Taps" at the national ceremony.

Mecklenburg chapter member Tom Phlegar plays "Taps" on his trumpet during the Kings Mountain national ceremony on October 7 2016.

September 24, 2016 - Patriot Honored with Granite Monument

The Mecklenburg chapter partnered with the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Chapter, NCSDAR, to build and place a granite and brass monument for Patriot Ephraim Brevard in the Old Settler's Cemetery in Uptown Charlotte today. Civic dignitaries in attendance included Charlotte City Councilman Greg Phipps from District 4, Brevard City Mayor Jimmy Harris, Brevard City Mayor Pro Tem Mac Morrow, Brevard City Manager Jim Fatland and Larry Chapman, vice chairman, Transylvania County Board of Commissioners and a member of the Blue Ridge Chapter SAR.

The Mecklenburg chapter SAR sponsored a Patriot memorial unveiling ceremony for Ephraim Brevard on September 24 2016 in Charlotte.

"Patriot Brevard was an author and a signer of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, a Captain at the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge, a prisoner of war in Charleston and a surgeon with the 1st North Carolina," said Ken Luckey, president of the Mecklenburg SAR chapter. "We had several city officials from Brevard, NC, here to bring greetings as that city was named after Patriot Brevard." In the photo below, Ken Luckey, at left, and Susan Waldkirch, past regent of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Chapter, NCSDAR, unveil the monument.

Mecklenburg chapter president Ken Luckey and Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Chapter, NCSDAR, past regent Susan Waldkirch, unveil the monument for Patriot Ephraim Brevard on September 24 2016 in Charlotte.

Participating from the Mecklenburg chapter were Ken Luckey, Dave Alls, Guy Chamberlain, Gus Succop, Jim Tatum, John Allen, Ray Maxson and Jay Joyce.

The monument for Patriot Ephraim Brevard was unveiled September 24 2016 in the Old Settlers' Cemetery in Uptown Charlotte NC.

September 16, 2016 - Mecklenburg Attends Washington Vigil

Two Compatriots from the North Carolina SAR met at the administration building and marched (route step) to the tomb of President George Washington. We posted two members at the tomb and began the vigil shortly after 9:00am. In the photo below, Mecklenburg chapter member John Allen, at left, and North Carolina SAR Sr. Executive Vice President George Strunk, pose for a photo after their duty.

Mecklenburg chapter member John Allen poses at the George Washington vigil on September 17 2016 in Mt. Vernon.

Watch the Video of the Changing of the Guard

September 3, 2016 - Charter of Patriot Isaac Carter Chapter

Members of our Mecklenburg chapter attended the chartering ceremony of our state's newest chapter, the Patriot Isaac Carter Chapter in Havelock, NC.

Chapter members Jim Wood, Tim Berly, Jay Joyce and Jim Tatum attended the ceremony. Jim Wood played the key role in helping to navigate the formation of the new chapter, the SAR's first predominantly African-American chapter and its first chapter to be named after an African-American Patriot. In the photo below, the charter members of the new chapter pose for a photo, with new chapter president Ed Carter in front.

North Carolina SAR new chapter Patriot Isaac Carter chartering ceremony on September 3 2016.