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.

August 25, 2016 - 10 New Members and New Leadership

The Mecklenburg chapter held our August dinner meeting tonight with a full slate of activities in front of a packed house! Our special guest speaker was Dr. Tom Hanchett, previously Charlotte's official historian with the Levine Museum of the New South. Dr. Hanchett (in photo below) spoke about our city's racial integration beginning at the 1875 Census.

Charlotte historian Dr. Tom Hanchett delivers a presentation to the Mecklenburg chapter SAR on August 25 2016.

We also welcomed 10 new members who took their SAR membership oath from outgoing chapter president Jay Joyce. These 10 new members include Wynn Allen (grandson of chapter member John Allen), Bill Dawson, David Galusha, Charles Miller, Henry Miller, James Payne, Jr., James Payne III, Simon Schroeck, Paul Shrimplin and John Soule.

Supplemental SAR ancestor certificates were also presented to John Allen, Curt Older and Dee Bradford.

Plus the SAR Military Service medal and certificate were presented to John Allen, Pete Hubicki, Ray Maxson and Fred Paschall, Jr.

Chapter genealogist and registrar Dave Alls was presented with the SAR Liberty Medal and two oak leaf clusters for recruiting 30 new members!

Past NCSSAR state president Tim Berly swears in Ken Luckey as the new Mecklenburg chapter president on August 25 2016.

(In the photo above, past NCSSAR state president Tim Berly, on right, inducts Ken Luckey as our new chapter president.) Chapter officer elections were held and the following men were elected to their new positions: Ken Luckey, president, Neil Hohmann, vice president, Guy Chamberlain, secretary, Tom Phlegar, treasurer, Dave Alls, genealogist/registrar, Al Cadenhead, chaplain, and Bill Anderson, historian.

August 20, 2016 - SAR and VFW U.S. Flag Retirement Ceremony

The Mecklenburg chapter SAR, the Knights of Columbus and the VFW joined to honorably retire over 150 U.S. Flags today. Mecklenburg chapter member Ray Maxson, in the photo below, represented our chapter.

Mecklenburg SAR member Ray Maxson participates in the VFW flag retirement ceremony in Charlotte on August 20 2016.

August 13, 2016 - Mecklenburg Attends Tryon Resolves Ceremony

Members of our Mecklenburg chapter attended the 241st Anniversary of the Signing of the Tryon Resolves in Bessemer City, NC today. Chapter members John Allen, Jim Tatum, Ken Luckey and Dave Alls participated in the combined Color Guard for the ceremony.

August 6, 2016 - Mecklenburg Attends House in the Horseshoe

Mecklenburg chapter member Jim Tatum represented our chapter at the 235th Anniversary of the Battle of the House in the Horseshoe in Sanford, NC. During the ceremony, the grave of Patriot Benjamin Williams, the 4-time Governor of North Carolina.

July 21, 2016 - Mecklenburg Color Guard Attends DAR Meeting

Several members of the Mecklenburg chapter Color Guard attended the District III Meeting of the Daughter of the American Revolution.

"We presented the Colors to open the District Three meeting," said chapter member Jim Tatum. "Over 100 DAR members were present and we were honored to help our DAR friends open their district meeting."

Mecklenburg chapter members attending the meeting included David Alls, Jim Tatum, John Allen, Jim Wood and Neil Hohmann.

July 16, 2016 - 236th Anniversary of Colson's Mill

Members of the Mecklenburg chapter Color Guard participated in the 236th Anniversary of the Battle of Colson's Mill in Norwood, NC today. This is the commemoration honoring the men who chased the British out of Yadkin-Pee Dee River Valley.

Members of the Mecklenburg chapter participate in the 236th Anniversary of the Battle of Colson's Mill in Norwood, NC.

American General Griffith Rutherford ordered his adjutant, Colonel William Lee Davidson, and about 200 men to pursue the Tories, and a race ensued down the Yadkin River Valley. Believing themselves to be out of harm’s way and close enough to Cornwallis’ headquarters to prevent attack, Bryan’s Tories pitched camp near an inn and a mill on the Cheraw Road called Colson’s.

Mecklenburg chapter members attending included Jim Tatum, Jay Joyce, Ken Luckey, Dave Alls and John Allen.

July 4, 2016 - U.S. Citizen Naturalization Ceremony

The Mecklenburg chapter Color Guard presented the Colors for the new U.S. Citizen Naturalization Ceremony held today at the Charlotte Museum of History. There were 27 new U.S. citizens who took the oath of citizenship.

Mecklenburg SAR chapter Color Guard members presented the colors on July 4 2016 at the Charlotte Museum of History for the naturalization ceremony of 27 new U.S. citizens.

Mecklenburg chapter Color Guard members who participated included Jim Tatum, Dave Alls, Tom Phlegar, Neil Hohmann and Ray Maxson. Our own Ray Maxson was interviewed on NBC Charlotte TV about the July 4th event and our SAR involvement at the event.

Mecklenburg chapter SAR members presented the Colors at the new U.S. citizen naturalization ceremony on July 4 2016 at the Charlotte Museum of History.

Mecklenburg chapter members pose with a new U.S. Citizen during a Naturalization ceremony on July 4 2016 in Charlotte.

Mecklenburg chapter genealogist/registrar Dave Alls poses with a new U.S. Citizen on July 4 2016 in Charlotte.

June 25, 2016 - SAR/DAR Night at "Liberty Mountain"

SAR/DAR night was a huge success! 91 SAR and DAR members came together to enjoy a BBQ cookout and to watch the Revolutionary War drama "Liberty Mountain" in Kings Mountain, NC. Doyle Campbell, president of the Battle of Kings Mountain chapter, sponsored and managed the event.

SAR and DAR members attended the play Liberty Mountain in Kings Mountain, NC on June 25 2016.

"What an incredible SAR/DAR experience with 91 members coming together to enjoy each other's company and watch this important play about the Patriots of Kings Mountain," said Ken Luckey, vice president of the Mecklenburg chapter. "It was so much fun to see these SAR and DAR friends in a social and relaxed atmosphere."

North Carolina SAR president Gary Green and his wife were in attendance, as well as South Atlantic District Vice President Ed Rigel and SAR National Color Guard Vice Commander Mark Anthony.

The play, "Liberty Mountain," was exceptional. The history about the battle of Kings Mountain was intertwined with a very interesting storyline of a local family that moved to Kings Mountain and then fought in the battle.

The play Liberty Mountain is written by Robert Inman and runs through July 17 2016 in Kings Mountain, NC.

"Liberty Mountain" was written by brand new SAR member and renown playwright and novelist Robert Inman. The play runs through July 17th at the Joy Performance Center in Kings Mountain. Click here to purchase tickets and see the show schedule.

May 28, 2016 - 236th Anniversary of Buford's Massacre

Mecklenburg chapter members attended the 236th Anniversary of the Battle of Buford's Massacre in Lancaster, SC. Chapter members Tim Berly, Jim Tatum and Ken Luckey represented Mecklenburg.

Mecklenburg chapter members attended the 236th Anniversary of the Battle of Bufords Massacre on May 20 2016 in Lancaster, SC.

May 21, 2016 - George Washington Visits Salisbury, NC

Mecklenburg chapter member Jim Tatum attended the 225th Anniversary of George Washington visiting Rowan County.

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and many other notable personalities, living and from the Revolutionary War Era, were in attendance. President George Washington and his staff were on-site to meet attendees. Revolutionary War Continental Army soldiers from Washington, D.C. were also in attendance.

George Washington and Mecklenburg chapter member Jim Tatum pose for a photo in Salisbury on May 21 2016.

May 21, 2016 - "MeckDec" Day at Knight's Baseball Game

Mecklenburg chapter members Tom Phlegar and Neil Hohmann participated in the MeckDec Day celebration at the Charlotte Knight's baseball game. Both compatriots welcomed guests and participated in the presentation of the Colors at the game.

Mecklenburg chapter members Neil Hohmann and Tom Phlegar participate in the MeckDec Day celebration at the Charlotte Knight's game on May 21, 2016 in Charlotte.

May 20, 2016 - "MeckDec" Day in Charlotte!

Our Mecklenburg chapter participated in the annual "MeckDec" ceremonies in Uptown Charlotte to observe the Signing of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. A new state historical marker honoring the Signing was unveiled at the intersection of Trade and Tryon Streets in Uptown.

Chapter members Tim Berly, Jim Tatum, Jay Joyce, Chad Lloyd and John Allen represented the chapter.

In the photos below, (at top) members of the Mecklenburg chapter and North Carolina Color Guard present the Colors to open the indoor ceremony; (in middle photo) North Carolina SAR state president Gary Green observes the musket volley in honor of the historical marker unveiling; and, (in bottom photo) the new historical marker.

The Mecklenburg and North Carolina SAR Color Guard present the Colors at the MeckDec celebration on May 20 2016.

North Carolina SAR state president Gary Green observes the musket volley on MeckDec Day in Charlotte on May 20 2016.

The new state historical marker announcing the signing of the Mecklenburg Resolves is unveiled in Charlotte on May 20 2016.

May 14, 2016 - Mecklenburg Chapter Visits Catawba Valley

Mecklenburg chapter members Ken Luckey, Jim Tatum and Jay Joyce visited the Catawba Valley chapter meeting today in Hickory. In addition to a great lunch, the Catawba Valley chapter inducted a new member and welcomed guest speaker Dr. Amber Clawson, executive director of the Historical Association of Catawba County.

In the photo below, Catawba Valley chapter president Jack Bowman, at left, listens to information about Revolutionary War gravesite information from a chapter member, while Dr. Clawson looks on.

Members of the Mecklenburg chapter SAR visited the Catawba Valley chapter SAR on May 14 2016 in Hickory, NC.

May 5, 2016 - JROTC Medals Awarded by Mecklenburg Chapter

Mecklenburg chapter member and Board of Manager's member Jim Tatum, at right in photo, presents the SAR JROTC Medal to JROTC student Anthony Valderrama.

Mecklenburg chapter member Jim Tatum presents the SAR JROTC Medal to Anthony Valderrama on May 5 2016.

April 29-30, 2016 - Mecklenburg Hosts NCSSAR Annual Meeting

The Mecklenburg chapter hosted the annual meeting of the North Carolina SAR here in Charlotte at the Hilton Executive Park Hotel.

Approximately 85 compatriots, along with their wives, attended the meetings, Youth Awards Luncheon and the annual Awards Dinner. Benjamin Franklin, seen in the photo below, was our evening's special guest speaker.

The NCSSAR 2016 Annual meeting was hosted by the Mecklenburg chapter April 29-30, 2016 in Charlotte, NC.

April 9, 2016 - Chapter Attends 240th Halifax Resolves Ceremony

Chapter members Tim Berly and Jim Tatum attended the 240th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Halifax Resolves in Roanoke Rapids, NC.

The Mecklenburg chapter participated in the 240th Anniversary of the Halifax Resolves on April 9 2016.

The adoption of the resolution was the first official action in the American Colonies calling for independence from Great Britain during the American Revolution.

April 9, 2016 - Vietnam Veterans Salute at Museum of Waxhaws

The Museum of the Waxhaws commemorated the sacrifices of our Vietnam Veterans and their families as part of a national effort to recognize the men and women who were not welcomed home, with a “Welcome Home” event today.

Mecklenburg chapter attended the Museum of the Waxhaws Vietnam Veterans Salute on April 9 2016.

Mecklenburg chapter president Jay Joyce attended the ceremonies on behalf of the chapter.

"They held a USO-style show that featured songs and dances from the era with special guest Miss Teen North Carolina," said Joyce. "A Vietnam War artifact display and a large number of Veteran Service Groups were also in attendance."

March 29, 2016 - Meck Member Speaks During DAR Veterans Day

Mecklenburg chapter member John Allen spoke at a full house in Stanly County during a 50th Anniversary remembrance ceremony for Vietnam Veterans. The event was sponsored by DAR Chapters Clear Creek Militia from Mint Hill and the Yadkin River Patriots in Stanly County.

Mecklenburg chapter member John Allen addresses the 50th Anniversary Vietnam Veterans remembrance ceremony on March 29 2016 in Stanly County NC.

March 29, 2016 - Chapter Honors Vietnam Veterans Day

Mecklenburg chapter member Jim Tatum (in the photo below wearing the blue sport coat) represented our chapter with the Jacob Forney Chapter DAR in Lincolnton for a Vietnam Veterans Salute on March 29.

Mecklenburg chapter member Jim Tatum participates in the Jacob Forney Chapter DAR Vietnam Veterans Day celebration in Lincolnton NC on March 29 2016.

Tuesday was Vietnam Veterans Day, part of a multi-year, national campaign to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. To celebrate the servicemen and remember the 58,000 who lost their lives, the Daughters of the American Revolution hosted a ceremony on the east side of the Lincoln County Courthouse.

Event organizer Linda Hoyle, of the Jacob Forney Chapter of the DAR, paid tribute to veterans and one mother who lost her child in the war. The crowd joined together in pledging allegiance to the American flag and singing the national anthem. Before closing with a prayer, Hoyle read a proclamation honoring the soldiers.

March 12, 2016 - 235th Anniversary of Guilford Courthouse

The 235th Anniversary of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse was held today in Greensboro, NC, as one of the largest gatherings attended to date.

The SAR Color Guard at the 235th Anniversary of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse on March 12, 2016.

SAR National President General Tom Lawrence attended and spoke about the importance of remembering these historic events and the people from our history.

North Carolina SAR President Tim Berly addresses the 235th Anniversary of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse on March 12, 2016 in Greensboro, NC.

Attending from the Mecklenburg chapter included Jim Tatum, Jim Wood, John Allen, Tim Berly, Jay Joyce, Ray Maxson and Bill Maine. In the photo above, Tim Berly addresses the gathering as the National Park Service Superintendent, SAR President General Tom Lawrence and South Atlantic District VPG Ed Rigel, Sr. looks on.

March 10, 2016 - Free Video on NC Patriots at Kings Mountain

The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail presents a free 40-minute video on YouTube on the "North Carolina Patriots at the Battle of Kings Mountain."

Watch the free YouTube video on the North Carolina Patriots at the Battle of Kings Mountain, courtesy of Randell Jones.

The free 40-minute video tells the story with music, maps, artwork and images of reenactors portraying 18th century backcountry militia and soldiers.

WATCH THE FREE VIDEO ON YOUTUBE HERE!

Follow in the footsteps of the Overmountain men and the backcountry militia during the American Revolution as they pursue British Major Patrick Ferguson who threatened to invade their homeland. The patriot victory at Kings Mountain turned the tide of the American Revolution!

DOWNLOAD THE FLYER WITH MORE INFORMATION HERE!

The 250th anniversary of the American Revolution begins now with the Stamp Act of 1765. And, as you know, April is the 240th anniversary of North Carolina being “First in Freedom” with the Halifax Resolves of April 12, 1776.

This information and flyer courtesy of author and storyteller Randell Jones of Daniel Boone Footsteps in Winston-Salem, NC. You can visit the website at www.danielboonefootsteps.com or contact Randell Jones at dbonefootsteps@gmail.com. Randell is a great friend of the SAR and has spoken at so many SAR events across North Carolina.

February 20, 2016 - Joint SAR & DAR Genealogy Workshop

The Mecklenburg chapter participated with the Catawba Valley Chapter, SAR, and the Jacob Forney Chapter, DAR, for a join genealogy workshop and symposium at the Lincoln County Historical Association in Lincolnton, NC today. In the photo below, Catawba Valley SAR chapter president Jack Bowman, at right, kicks off the genealogy workshop.

Catawba Valley SAR chapter president Jack Bowman leads a presentation during the genealogy workshop held February 20 2016 in Lincolnton, NC.

"One of our chapter growth goals is to team up with our SAR brothers and DAR sisters to co-sponsor more community events," said Ken Luckey, Mecklenburg chapter vice president. "We believe that the more opportunities we can do together between the SAR and DAR societies will lead to more growth for both organizations. Plus, the co-sponsored events always bring out more people and it ends up being more productive." In the below photo, Ken Luckey discusses genealogy with a potential SAR member.

Mecklenburg SAR chapter vice president Ken Luckey discusses genealogy with a potential SAR member on February 20 2016 in Lincolnton, NC.

Representing the Mecklenburg chapter were Ken Luckey, Jay Joyce, Jim Tatum and John Allen. This is the second genealogy workshop that the chapter has participated in this year.

February 18, 2016 - Benjamin Franklin Visits for President's Day

Dr. Benjamin Franklin, one of our nation's Founding Fathers, visited the Mecklenburg chapter's annual President's Day Community Dinner tonight to share his observations on the drafting of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

Benjamin Franklin visited the Mecklenburg chapter's annual President's Day Community Dinner on February 18 2016 in Charlotte.

"This is the fourth year of our President's Day program and it was extremely well received and popular," said Mecklenburg chapter program officer Tom Phlegar. "This year we had 205 registered guests who attended making this our largest President's Day event to date." The special guest for 2017 is Abraham Lincoln.

Historical actor Barry Stevens portrays Benjamin Franklin at the Mecklenburg chapter's annual President's Day Community Dinner in Charlotte on February 18 2016.

In other business during the annual meeting, Charlotte Eagle Scout Bo Carlson was presented with the chapter's Eagle Scout scholarship. In the photo below, North Carolina SAR State President Tim Berly presents the Eagle Scout SAR Scholarship to Eagle Scout Carlson. In the photo below, left to right, Joan Rigel, Edward Rigel, SAR Vice President General of the South Atlantic District, Ben Franklin, Bo Carlson, and Tim Berly, North Carolina SAR state president, pose for a photo.

SAR Vice President General of the South Atlantic District, Ed Rigel Sr., poses with Mecklenburg chapter SAR Eagle Scout scholarship recipient Bo Carlson on February 18 2016 in Charlotte.

"Our annual President's Day program has grown from 115 guests in our first year with Thomas Jefferson to the 205 guests we had last night for Benjamin Franklin," added Phlegar. "Next year's guest of Abraham Lincoln will probably reach a new attendance record north of 250 guests."

February 13, 2016 - SAR Speaker & Genealogy Workshop

Mecklenburg SAR chapter member John Allen, below in photo, delivered his presentation on his Vietnam War experiences during the Alexandriana and Mecklenburg chapter's DAR meeting at the Hopewell Presbyterian Church.

Mecklenburg chapter member John Allen delivers his Vietnam War experience presentation during the DAR meeting on February 13 2016.

"Compatriot Allen has been speaking regularly at area DAR meetings about his Vietnam War tour and it has become quite popular," said Mecklenburg SAR chapter vice president Ken Luckey. "John has a very interesting story about his service and he ties it in to his eight Revolutionary War ancestors and their service."

In the photo below, left to right, Mecklenburg chapter members Jim Tatum, Ken Luckey, John Allen and Jay Joyce are on hand to answer questions during the genealogy workshop about joining the SAR and researching potential member’s ancestry.

Mecklenburg chapter members are on hand during the SAR Genealogy Workshop on February 13 2016.

"These genealogy workshops are important to our chapter because we are able to reach out to community members that otherwise would not have contact with the Sons of the American Revolution," added Luckey. "Working together with the DAR gives us more opportunities to meet more potential members and work in conjunction with our DAR sisters."

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January 30, 2016 - 235th Anniversary of Cowan's Ford

The Mecklenburg chapter sponsored the 235th Anniversary of the Battle of Cowan's Ford today at Hopewell Presbyterian Church in Huntersville, NC. This was the first year that the SAR had granted "National Event" status on the annual ceremony.

The National SAR Color Guard at the 235th Anniversary of the Battle of Cowan's Ford on January 30 2016.

"Our SAR national guests included Larry Guzy, Treasurer General, Ed Rigel, Sr., Southeastern District VPG, Sam Powell, President, SAR Foundation and Mark Anthony, Vice Commander, NSSAR Color Guard," said chapter president Jay Joyce. "Plus we had many DAR dignitaries and regents from across the region."

The 235th Anniversary of the Battle of Cowan's Ford was held at the Hopewell Presbyterian Church in Huntersville, NC on January 30 2016.

The special guest speaker was historian and author Randell Jones, who spoke about the Battle of Cowan's Ford and the eventual death of General Davidson. In the photo below, Mecklenburg chapter member Tom Phlegar plays TAPS during the outdoors ceremony.

Mecklenburg chapter member Tom Phlegar plays TAPS at the 235th Anniversary of the Battle of Cowan's Ford on January 30 2016 in Huntersville, NC.

This was the largest attendance to date for the ceremony, with estimates of 150 people in attendance.

Next year's ceremony will be held on January 28, 2017.

January 16, 2016 - 235th Anniversary at Battle of Cowpens

Members of the Mecklenburg chapter attended the 235th Anniversary of the Battle of Cowpens in Cowpens, SC today. In the photo below, chapter member John Allen carries a musket in the SAR Color Guard.

Mecklenburg chapter member John Allen in the Cowpens Color Guard on January 16 2016.

"It is always an honor to represent our chapter members at this large national event," said Ken Luckey, chapter vice president. "Cowpens is one of the largest SAR national gatherings and we are lucky to live so close to the site that many of our chapter members can attend and support the event." In the photo below, chapter member Jim Tatum, at right, stands next to NSSAR Secretary General Mike Tomme, as SAR President General Tom Lawrence, in blue coat, watches the ceremony.

Mecklenburg chapter member Jim Tatum, at right, stands next to SAR Secretary General Mike Tomme at Cowpens on January 16, 2016.

SAR chapters from across the eastern states attended this year's ceremony. Representing the Mecklenburg chapter included Ken Luckey, Jay Joyce, Ray Maxson, Jim Tatum, Neil Hohmann, Dave Alls, John Allen and Tim Berly.

January 11, 2016 - American History Teacher Awarded

Providence Day School American History teacher Edward "Ted" Dickson has been selected to receive the 2015 American History Teacher Award by the Mecklenburg chapter, Sons of the American Revolution. In the photo below, chapter director Guy Chamberlain, on right, presents the award to Edward Dickson, on left.

Mecklenburg chapter member Guy Chamberlain presents the SAR American History Teacher Award to Providence Day history teacher Edward Dickson on January 11, 2016.

"An integral part of our Society's community work with youth is honoring American history teachers who teach the history of the founding of our country," said Jim Wood, program chairman with the Mecklenburg Sons of the American Revolution. "We honor these extraordinary educators at private, public, and parochial institutions, who teach our children in a middle or high school setting, for actively addressing the history of the American Revolutionary era."

The Dr. Tom & Betty Lawrence SAR American History Teacher Award winner will represent a teacher whose instruction on the Revolutionary War era from 1750 - 1800 demonstrates educational efforts in the classroom that exceed and excel above current, accepted, curriculum requirements. In the photo below, left to right, chapter member Guy Chamberlain, Edward Dickson, and Jim Wood, program chairman, after the ceremony.

Mecklenburg chapter members Guy Chamberlain and Jim Wood pose with award recipient Edward Dickson on January 11, 2016.

"We conduct this American History teacher award program at local chapters across the country," added Wood. "It all begins here at the local level, then the local winners advance to state competition, and those winners advance to national competition."

Mr. Dickson has served as the chairman of the history department at Providence Day School since August 1991. He wrote in his submission essay, "the American Revolution is critical for an understanding of United States History. Students and citizens need to know the origins of our most important values, such as freedom and liberty, so that they can understand debates about those values and the contested nature of American identity."

As Mecklenburg chapter's selected award recipient, Mr. Dickson advances to the North Carolina Sons of the American Revolution statewide history teacher contest, which will be held in mid February.