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President General Initiatives for 2013-2014: Memorials, Markers & Monuments
III. Memorials, Markers & Monuments
(Opportunity for State Societies and Chapters)
‘Johnny Appleseed’ was a pseudonym for John Chapman (1774-1845), who is credited with having introduced apple trees to large parts of the Northwest Territory.
The SAR should be the Johnny Appleseed of the American Revolution. We should drop seeds every place we go – seeds that honor the heroes and events of the American Revolution. Memorials, markers and monuments are some of the seeds that SAR State Societies and Chapters can plant all over the country.
From July 11, 2013 through July 15, 2014, every State Society and Chapter that erects a permanent memorial, a marker or a monument to honor a person, place, event or document associated with the American Revolution shall be awarded an NSSAR streamer.
If multiple State Societies and/or Chapters collaborate on the erection of a single memorial, marker or monument, each State Society and/or Chapter that collaborated shall be awarded a streamer.
A memorial, marker or monument may be as simple as a Revolutionary War Patriot Grave Marker, such as those available through the SAR Store, or a plaque such as those placed at Presidios by the California and Arizona Societies, or a statue or other monument such as the bust of George Washington placed on the grounds of the Louisiana State Capitol by the Louisiana Society.
The memorial, marker or monument must be permanent, that is, it must be cast metal or carved stone. It must have clearly cast or engraved on it ‘SAR’ or the words ‘Sons of the American Revolution.’ It may also name the State Society(ies) and/or Chapter(s) that placed it or erected it. The memorial, marker or monument must clearly honor a person or persons, or a place, or an event or document associated with the American Revolution.
The sponsoring State Society(ies) and/or Chapter(s) should submit the following to the Historic Sites, Celebrations and Reenactments Committee:
- A 5x7 or 8x10 photograph of the memorial, marker or monument
- A statement of no more than 500 words why this memorial, marker or monument is significant
- Any ancillary material such as press releases, newspaper accounts or a copy of the program for the dedication or unveiling of the memorial, marker or monument.
All memorials, markers or monuments that honor the American Revolution are important. The Historic Sites, Celebrations and Reenactments Committee shall have the challenging task of determining which of the memorials, markers or monuments submitted to it are the best. The sponsoring State Society(ies) and/or Chapter(s) of the single best memorial, marker or monument, as determined by the Historic Sites, Celebrations and Reenactments Committee, shall be awarded a $1,000 cash prize at the 2014 NSSAR Congress. The sponsoring State Society(ies) and/or Chapter(s) of the second best shall be awarded a $500 cash prize; third place shall receive a $300 cash prize.
Let me repeat: all memorials, markers or monuments that honor the American Revolution are important. Determining which is the ‘best’ among these important memorials will not be easy.
At the Leadership Conferences and Congresses, I would like to have all of these new memorials, markers or monuments on display so compatriots from all over the country can see them.
So, sponsoring State Society(ies) and/or Chapter(s) are asked to bring the following to the 2013 Fall Leadership Conference, the 2014 Spring Leadership Conference and the 2014 NSSAR Congress:
- A 5x7 or 8x10 photograph of the memorial, marker or monument (the same photograph submitted to the Revolutionary War Graves Committee)
- A brief description of the memorial, marker or monument on a 3x5 index card or piece of paper.
Mark Anthony, Chairman of the Historic Sites, Celebrations and Reenactments Committee, shall be the SAR point-of-contact on this PG Initiative. If you have any questions about this PG Initiative, please contact Mark at mcgt90bellsouth [dot] net. Mark shall keep track of the SAR State Societies and Chapters that have caused to be erected a permanent memorial, marker or monument. Please send the documentation requested above to Mark.
For the purposes of the Americanism Contest, a state society or chapter’s participation in this President General Initiative may be recorded on the Americanism Score Sheet in either Tab 10 (if a historic marker) or Tab 11 (if a grave marker).