FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
15 July 2014
Contact: Dave Gilliard
SACRAMENTO, CA — California will be represented at the 124th Annual Congress of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR), to be held July 18 through 23 in Greenville, South Carolina.
Californians attending the Congress include Jim Faulkinbury, President of the California Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, Ron Barker, Jim Blauer, Stan DeLong, Jim Fosdyck, David Gilliard, Karl Jacobs, Chuck Lampman, Ray Raser, Oliver Everrette, Tom Adams, John Dodd, Lou Carlson and past NSSAR President General Larry Magerkurth.
Business conducted at the National Congress includes election of a new President General and other officers. Delegates will also tour several nearby Revolutionary War battle sites, including Kings Mountain and Cowpens.
The Sons of the American Revolution traces its history to 1876, when there were many celebrations to commemorate the centennial of the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. As part of this patriotic fervor, a group of men in the San Francisco, California, area who were descendants of patriots involved in the American Revolution, formed an organization called the Sons of Revolutionary Sires. Their objective was to have a fraternal and civic society to salute those men and women who pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to the battle for independence from Great Britain. Out of the Sires grew the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, which was organized on April 30, 1889 — the 100th anniversary of the inauguration of George Washington as our nation’s first President. The SAR was conceived as a fraternal and civic society composed of lineal descendants of the men who wintered at Valley Forge, signed the Declaration of Independence, fought in the battles of the American Revolution, served in the Continental Congress, or otherwise supported the cause of American Independence. The National Society was chartered by an Act of the United States Congress on June 9, 1906. The charter was signed by President Theodore Roosevelt, who was a member of the SAR.
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