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SAR August Meeting, Parade Float Applications and more: News Briefs for Aug. 25

HISTORIC TRIANGLE — Catch up on news and notes in brief from around the Historic Triangle and beyond.

Sons of the American Revolution August Meeting

The Williamsburg Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution took a number of actions at its Aug. 13 meeting. President Bruce Laubach welcomed the organization’s newest member, Alex Johnston. He also presented the SAR Military Service Medal with Vietnam Clasp Veterans Corps Certificate to David Ledbetter and the SAR Military Service Veterans Corps Certificate to Robert Neely. John Quarstein, award winning historian, preservationist and author, was recognized with a Certificate of Appreciation for his presentation about the French Navel victory in 1781, the Battle of the Capes.

Laubach also presented SAR Certificates of Recognition to Jake Scott, Kane Dacier and James Packer, who each received the rank of Eagle Scout at their Court or honor Troop 300 Eagle Scout Court of Honor on July 30.

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Bruce Meyer and John Lynch. (Sons of the American Revolution — Williamsburg Chapter)

Sons of the American Revolution and Daughters of the American Revolution Presentation in Stafford County

Sons of the American Revolution Vice President John Lynch presented the wreath of the Williamsburg Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution during a SAR Patriot Grave Marking in Stafford County on Aug. 22. The Williamsburg wreath was one of the 13 wreaths presented to honor the Revolutionary War service of Private John Wallace. Private Wallace served during the entire Revolutionary War and was present at the Valley Forge encampment of 1777-1778.

Attendees included Bruce Meyer, the President of the Virginia Society of the American Revolution (VASSAR), members from ten SAR chapters, members from two Daughters of the Revolution (DAR) chapters, Delegate Tara Durant, (Virginia House of Delegates, 28th District), Supervisor Darrell English from the Stafford County Board of Supervisors, Gordon Silleck, one of John Wallace’s descendants, 18 VASSAR color guard members from six SAR chapters comprised the event’s color guard, honor guard, and musket detachment. The musket men fired three volleys at the end of the ceremony.

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Applications are live for the 2022 Christmas Parade

The Greater Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce announced that the 2022 Christmas Parade will be held on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 5 p.m. and applications for all floats are now open on the Christmas Parade webpage. Applications are due no later than Oct. 21 at 5 p.m. or when the parade lineup reaches capacity. This year’s theme is “Merry & Bright,” and parade participants are encouraged to create floats inspired by this theme.

A photo of Gloucester Representatives meeting with HRH Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester in 2018. Steele is standing in the center on the left, and the Duke of Gloucester Directly across from her. (Gloucester Department of Community Engagement)

Steele to Celebrate Gloucester Day at Inaugural Site in the United Kingdom

Gloucester County will celebrate its Inaugural Gloucester Day Saturday, Sept. 3, in collaboration with other Gloucesters around the nation and the globe. Gloucester County Administrator Carol Steele will be participating at the site of the original Gloucester Day in Gloucester, England. Earlier this year, Gloucester, Virginia and Gloucester, England formed the Gloucester Collaboration, and reached out to other communities with the same name, encouraging communication and collaboration. The idea for the outreach came from an exchange where approximately a dozen representatives from Gloucester, Virginia had the opportunity to meet with the HRH Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester in 2018. Steele will participate in the 12 Bells at 12, recognizing the 12 global communities named Gloucester at the Cathedral in Gloucester UK. The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester will also be attending.

In Gloucester, Virginia, several churches, organizations, residents, and the Gloucester Main Library will be participating in the 12 Bells at 12, and many local museums will be opening their doors. Additionally, the County’s Park, Recreation and Tourism Department will be promoting local walking and driving tours of the community’s rich cultural and historical sites as part of the event.

On Gloucester Day, Gloria Williams, Manager for the Community Engagement and Public Information Department and Steele plan to communicate and share events that are happening at their respective locations. Content will be broadcasted. The most up-to-date information can be found on the County’s Facebook page. For more information about Gloucester Day, visit the “Inaugural Gloucester Day” event on Facebook, or contact Williams at or 804-693-5730.

Pictured are front row Belinda Hicks, Ann Gentry, backrow Kathy McNutt, Bob Beyea and John Powell. (Gloucester Extension Master Gardeners)

Gloucester Extension Master Gardeners Plant Sale

Gloucester Extension Master Gardeners is getting ready for its 20th Annual Plant Extravaganza fundraiser, taking place Fri., Sept. 9, from 4-6 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 10, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Moose Lodge on Rt. 17 in Gloucester. Master Gardeners members have been working for months, propagating, and potting a variety of plants to be sold. Proceeds go toward scholarships for seniors graduating at Gloucester High School and for tuition assistance for 4H Club members attending the summer 4H Camp in Jamestown each summer.

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