2015 Piedmont Chapter Events

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Kettle Creek - Washington, GA
Date: Februray 14th - 16th

Each year, American Revolutionary War General Elijah Clarke, nicknamed "Hero of the Hornet's Nest" is remembered with his fellow patriots in Washington, GA. SAR Chapters from around the Southeast participate in a Memorial Service, Parade and a Battle Field Reenactment to honor those patriots that fought at Kettle Creek.   View Brochure

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21st Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet
Date: February 28th

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The Piedmont Chapter - SAR held it's 21st Anniversary Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet & Washington's Birthday Celebration on this date at the Roswell Adult Recreational Center in Roswell GA. Members were recognized for their contributions to the Chapter in 2014 and new Officers were sworn in. New member Jaime Ruff was welcomed to the Chapter.

Guest Speaker: Donna C. Rowe - US Army Nurse Corps 1964-1969

Topic: Her experience at the 3rd Field Hospital Triage during the Vietnam War

BIO: Donna has served her community in many organizations including: Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, Diabetes Association, CASA (Abused Children), GA Regional Transportation Authority, Atlanta Regional Commission (Environmental Collaborative) , Fannie Mae (Executive Board), various schools' PTSA, GA Vietnam Veterans Alliance (Director), GA Vietnam Business Assoc., Cobb County Republican Women's Club (President 2003), Cobb Assoc. of REALTORS (President 1994), GA Assoc. of REALTORS and the National Assoc. of REALTORS.

Donna was recently featured in "The Kathleen Story" segment of the World Film Festival's award winning Vietnam War documentary film. She was reunited years later with a Vietnamese child she and a doctor rescued during the war. In The Shadow of The Blade - Trailer

Brochure Contest Awards Ceremony
Date: March 3th

Photos of Contest Chairman George Thurmond, Piedmont Chapter President Bill Kabel, VP Rick Reese and Piper editor Jerry Breed presenting the winners of the Middle School Brochure Contest with checks and certificates.

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Poster Contest Awards Ceremony
Date: April 2nd

Photos of Poster Contest Chairman George Thurmond, Piedmont Chapter President Bill Kabel, VP Rick Reese and Treasurer Shep Hammack presenting the winners of the Middle School Poster Contest with certificates.

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Grave Marking Ceremony Honoring Compatriot Jack Ferguson, Jr.
Date: April 11th 2015

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Jacks Wife Louisa, Family & SAR Friends

This narrative was written by Chapter President Bill Kabel

Jack Ferguson, a World War II veteran and a longtime member of the Piedmont Chapter delighted telling school children stories about our patriot forefathers and their quest for American Independence. Teachers looked forward to Jack's visit each year, and often asked about "that little fella in the Revolutionary War uniform." Although the exact number of presentations Jack made throughout the years is unknown, all concede the number of people he impacted, especially children, was in the scores of thousands.

Saturday, April 11, was a sunny day at the National Cemetery near Canton, Georgia - a perfect day fpr the Piedmont Chapter of the Georgia Society to conduct a grave marking ceremony honoring Compatriot Garnett Lane "Jack" Ferguson, Jr.

Piedmont Chapter President Bill Kabel opened the ceremony by welcoming all in attendance. The Georgia Society Color Guard posted the Colors, with the exception of the SAR flag with its awarded streamers. As President Kabel pointed out, the SAR flag was posted next to Jack Ferguson's headstone because Jack always insisted on carrying that flag in his role as a Color Guard member.

Piedmont Chaplain, the Reverend Bill Floyd, provided the invocation and Piedmont Vice-President Rick Reese led the Pledge of Allegiance. The National Anthem followed.

After President Kabel introduced the honored guests attending the ceremony, Mike Tomme, Treasurer General, NSSAR, spoke of Jack's contribution to the Piedmont Chapter and to the Georgia Society, Sons of the American Revolution.

Past Piedmont Chapter and Past Georgia Society President Bob Sapp spoke to those assembled about how he first met Jack at Lockheed, where they both worked. Jack was an administrator and Bob was an engineer tasked to carry out the orders that Jack provided - which at times resulted in a somewhat adversarial relationship between the two. After he had retired from Lockheed and joined the SAR Bob was asked to help someone named "Garnett Lane Ferguson" qualify for the SAR. Not knowing who that was, Bob called the phone number given and discovered it was his former Lockheed nemesis, Jack Ferguson. After helping Jack join the SAR, they became great friends.

Georgia Society President Tom Owen presented Jack's widow with the SAR memorial medallion, and Past Piedmont Chapter and Past Georgia Society President George Thurmond then presented Mrs. Ferguson with a United States flag that was flown over the United States Capitol on July 4, 2014, in honor of her late husband.

Piedmont Chapter Piper John Mortison played "Amazing Grace" following thirteen organizations representing the SAR, DAR, and C.A.R. that presented wreaths in honor of Compatriot Ferguson.

The Georgia Society Color Guard retired the Colors and Rev. Floyd delivered the benediction. President Kabel thanked everyone for their attendance and concluded the service.

~ Written by Bill Kabel

North Springs High School JROTC Awards Ceremony
Date: April 23rd

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North Springs High School held their JROTC Awards ceremony the evening of 23 April 2015. Under the direction of Major Todd Powers and Master Sgt. Michael Taylor, the cadets are guided through a program to make good citizens and develop leadership skills. The SAR JROTC medal was presented to Cadet Shayan Lilianpour.

Many local organizations including the Piedmont Chapter SAR, Martha Stewart Bulloch Society DAR, The Old Guard, United States Marine Corps, Military Order of the World Wars, American Legion, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Vet Jobs, U S Army Recruiting Command, Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, and others were in attendance to present deserving JROTC cadets with medals and certificates recognizing their individuals achievements in the program.

Speakers Bureau - Traveling Trunk Program
Date: April 24th

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On Friday April 24, 2015 members of the Piedmont Speakers Bureau (Bill Kabel, George Thurmond, and Shep Hammack) presented our Traveling Trunk Program to third grade students of the Perimeter School as part of their "Colonial Day" events.

We made 5 separate presentations to 74 students and teachers from 9am to 12:30pm. The students and teachers were dressed in colonial outfits to get in the spirit of the day's festivities.

Our uniformed Piedmont speakers talked about what life in colonial times was like, and showed the assembled students many examples of the artifacts that were essential parts of life during those early times of American history. One of the highlights was when compatriot Kabel showed and demonstrated how the "Charleville" musket functioned.

Rockers & Planters Donated to VA Medical Center by C.A.R.
Date: April 30th

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On Thursday, April 30, 2015 the GA State C.A.R. President, Walker Chewning Jr. hosted the dedication of the rocking chairs and planters that were donated to their Eagle's Nest Patio area set aside for the use of VA Medical Center patients and their visitors.

A festive event was set up by the Walker Chewning Jr., his grandmother (and Sr, C.A.R. state President) Joann Chewning, and his grandfather (and GASSAR Historian) Walker Chewning to make the dedication of these donations.

By the request of the VA Medical Center I have not included any photographs of the patients, but the event was well attended by patients, visitors, SAR and C.A.R. members.

Pictures include the two rockers that were donated by our Piedmont Chapter in honor of Jack Ferguson and in honor of all veterans.

Centennial High School JROTC Awards Ceremony
Date: April 30th

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Centennial High School held their JROTC Awards ceremony the afternoon of 30 April 30th 2015. Under the direction of LTC Jon Nepute and SGM Daniels, the cadets are guided through a program to make good citizens and develop leadership skills.

Many local organizations including the Piedmont Chapter SAR, Martha Stewart Bulloch Society DAR, Sons of Confederate Veterans, The Old Guard, 1812 Society, and others were in attendance to present deserving JROTC cadets with medals and certificates recognizing their individuals achievements in the program.

Awards were presented by Shep Hammack, George Thurmond, Ken Howell,
Maribeth Brannen and Marguerite Dyal.

JROTC Awards at Lassiter High School
Date: May 3rd

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On the evening of May 1 Lassiter High School held their JROTC awards dinner. The cadets participating in this event are from Lassiter, Pope, and Kell High Schools. The attendees including presenters, cadets, and family members numbered over 300 people.

Compatriot Bob Sapp presented the SAR Bronze JROTC medal to Cadet Matthew Mercurio and the SAR Good Citizenship award to cadet Noelani Ayala.

GASSAR Americanism Elementary Poster Contest 2nd Place Winner
Date: May 8th

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Our second place winner in the GASSAR Americanism Elementary Poster Contest was 4th grade student Savannah Hurley from Fellowship Christian School. The presentation was made as the school day began on May 8 by Piedmont Chapter members Bill Kabel, Rick Reese, George Thurmond, and Jerry Breed. Savannah's parents, Heather Hurley and William Hurley, as well as Savannah's Teacher, Suzi Harrison, were in attendance in the classroom for the presentation of the certificate, second place ribbon, and $100 prize.

City of Milton Memorial Day Proclamation
Date: May 18th

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On Monday May 18th the City of Milton held a meeting n which compatriot and city councilman Bill Lusk made two proclamations. One was to recognize a number of Milton resident students who have indicated a college career with a focus on ROTC programs and others who have plans to join a branch of the US armed services after graduation.

The second proclamation made by Bill Lusk was in recognition of Memorial Day, and presented to each of the Piedmont Chapter color guard members in attendance.

Color Guard at Roswell Rotary Club
Date: May 21st

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Our Piedmont color guard was asked to present the colors for the Roswell Rotary Club on Thursday May 21st during their meeting. Color guard members George Thurmond, Bob Sapp, Shep Hammack, and Bob McCleskey were up to the task and did so in fine form.

Color Guard at Pearl Harbor Survivors Commemoration
Date: May 24th

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On Sunday May 24th Piedmont Color guard members George Thurmond and Rick Reese presented and retired the colors for the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association memorial commemoration at the Marietta National Cemetery.
Bob Shaw was also in attendance and took over the photography for the event from Rick Reese who was making his first appearance in uniform that day.
As you might imagine the number of actual survivors has become fewer and fewer each year. This year there was only one in attendance, but there had been responses from two others indicating that they were still alive, but unable to attend.
The event was sponsored by the Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors, Inc.

"Roswell Remembers" Memorial Day Ceremony
Date: May 25th, 2015

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The guest speaker was Christina Olds, daughter of Robin Olds (1922 - 2007), who's father was a Brigadier General, pilot and triple ace.

Our Piedmont chapter color guard attended the annual "Roswell Remembers" Memorial Day commemoration on Monday, May 25th. In addition to compatriots Bob Sapp, George Thurmond, Shep Hammack, and Bob McCleskey presenting the colors to open the ceremony, we also had a tent featuring our Traveling Trunk and historical flags.

The event was well-attended. Many visitors stopped by to talk to us about the contents of our Traveling Trunk of items commonly used during life colonial times. Compatriot Paul Prescott and yours truly were also in uniform to greet the visitors and discuss the SAR and the traveling trunk contents.

Another highlight that attracted visitors was our display of historical flags accompanied by George Thurmond's discussion of each flag with the many groups of visitors to that display.

Marietta National Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony
Date: May 25th

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On Saturday May 23 the annual Scout Day was held at the Marietta National Cemetery. SAR color guard members including George Thurmond, Allen Greenly; and militia members including Bruce Maney, Knox Herndon, and others presented the colors to open the event. The militia ended with a 3 volley musket salute.

Boy scouts, cub scouts, girl scouts, and CAR members then spread out among the 18000 grave sites to place an American flag and show their respect for the veterans interred there.

Milton Flag Day Proclamation
Date: June 8th

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On June 8th, Piedmont Chapter color guard members George Thurmond, Bob Sapp, Paul Prescott, and Rick Reese led the Pledge of Allegiance to open the Milton City council meeting. At that meeting, councilman Bill Lusk read a proclamation on behalf of Mayor Joe Lockwood and the city council, recognizing June 14, 2015 as Flag Day. The proclamation was presented to the SAR color guard members and Martha Stewart Bulloch attending members Mary Simonds, Priscilla Lemming, and Mary Williams.

In keeping with the recognition of Flag Day on June 14th, compatriot George Thurmond brought an historic flag known as the "Grand Union Flag", which members of Milton City Council are holding in one of the pictures. This was a flag that George Washington commissioned to be made.

Annual Picnic at Roswell Park
Date: June 20th

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On June 20th, our Piedmont Chapter of the SAR and the Martha Stewart Bulloch Chapter of the DAR held its Annual Picnic at Shelter No 1 at the Roswell Area Park. The Rib Ranch supplied the barbecued pork and fixin's for the picnic.

We were joined by Lee Hollingsworth and his wife Emily. Lee is a prospective member. Lee and Emily are the parents of 1st Lt. John Hollingsworth, Weapons Company - 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Division, who is currently deployed in the Middle East. John and his company are part of the MSBSDAR Project Leatherneck, in which Piedmont SAR members have participated in a boxing party to send items to the Marines.

Louis A. Azrak Memorial Service Ceremony
Date: June 23rd, 2015

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On Tuesday, 23 June the Piedmont color guard members Bill Kabel, Shep Hammack, Randy Pollard, Rick Reese, Bob McCleskey, and Bob Sapp, along with Chaplain Rev. Bill Floyd attended the memorial service for U.S. Army veteran Lt. Louis A. Azrak held at the GA National Veterans' Cemetery in Canton, GA. Lt. Azrak was a classmate of Bill Kabel when they were both going through the Quartermaster OCS Class 67-13.

Chapter President Bill Kabel welcomed the assembled family members and friends to the service. Piedmont color guard members presented the colors, and Rev. Bill Floyd gave the invocation. Compatriot Kabel led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Col. Carey Cole (US Army Ret), President of the Quartermaster OCS Class 67-13, spoke about Louis Azrak's biography and gave the eulogy for his classmate and friend.

Compatriot Kabel presented the U.S. Flag to Benjamin Swartz, Louis Azrak's grandson.

Rev. Bill Floyd gave the benediction, followed by the retirement of the colors.

25th Annual NSSAR Congress, Louisville, KY.
Date: June 26th

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Assembly prior to inspection by President General before going to the annual Memorial Service, honoring over 600 compatriots who passed on since last congress.

(L-R) Color Guard Commander, Mike Radcliff (TX), Mike Tomme, Cilla Leed Tomme (GA),
Jack Jones (TX) carrying the Commander in Chief's flag, Sam Powell (NC),
Anna Insprucker (OH) with French flag, George Thurmond (GA) and President General Lindsey Brock (FL).

GASSAR Color Guard at July 4th Braves Game
Date: July 4th ~ Turner Field

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On July 4th the GASSAR color guard members Bill Kabel, Allen Greenly, Carter Wood, Bo Hill, Knox Herndon, Shep Hammack, and Rick Reese presented the colors on behalf of the Georgia Society as part of the opening ceremony for the Braves game versus the Phillies.

The Braves won the game 9 to 5.

World Harvest Church - "Honor Our Heroes" Celebration
Date: July 5th

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On July 5, 2015 Piedmont Chapter color guard members Bill Kabel, Paul Prescott, George Thurmond, and Rick Reese presented the colors for two services at the World Harvest Church in Roswell for their annual "Honor Our Heroes" celebration. This celebration honors the heroes who have played a critically important role in our society/community, as well as those who served or fought for the United States in any branch of the armed forces, police, fire, sheriff and EMS.

New Alpharetta Library Opening Ceremony
Date: July 30th

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The Piedmont Chapter Color Guard presented the colors at the opening ceremony of the new Alpharetta Library, July 30, 2015.

63rd Annual Old Soldiers Day Parade
Date: August 1st, 2015

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On Saturday August 1st, the city of Alpharetta, GA held their 63rd annual Old Soldiers Day Parade. This tradition began after the Civil War, and continued annually until it ended when the country fell into the Depression years. In 1952 a small group of men concerned with all matters affecting veterans, unanimously agreed that the Old Soldiers Day should be more than just a memory. The tradition was reborn then, and continues to today.

Piedmont chapter color guard participants on the float provided by Bill Lusk included Bill Kabel, Paul Prescott, George Thurmond, Bob McCleskey.

Color Guard marchers under the direction of Bruce Maney (Button Gwinnett Chapter) included Piedmont Chapter members Jared Ogden, Shep Hammack, Rick Reese; along with Allen Greenly (Robert Forsyth Chapter), Gordon Woodard (Button Gwinnett Chapter), Carter Wood (Lyman Hall Chapter), and Bill Palmer (Button Gwinnett Chapter).

In addition to his role as a member of the Alpharetta City Band, Piedmont Chapter member John Mortison played his bagpipes as part of the parade opening ceremony.

Many thanks to Walt Woliver who provided parade event coordination, and made certain that we were all in the right place at the right time.

Milton Constitution Week Proclamation
Date: September 9th

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On September 9th, the Piedmont color guard members Bill Kabel, Paul Prescott, and Rick Reese participated in the City of Milton city council meeting. The Piedmont compatriots opened the meeting by leading the Pledge of Allegiance. After the business portion of the meeting was concluded, city council member and Piedmont past president Bill Lusk read a proclamation from the City of Milton designating September 17th through September 23rd as Constitution Week.

Mayor Lockwood presented the proclamation to:
The Piedmont Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, the Martha Stewart Bulloch Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, members of the Martha Stewart Bulloch Society, Children of the American Revolution, and the Chestatee River DAR Chapter.

This was the celebration of the 228th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of the United States of America.

Friends of the Milton Library Dedication
Date: September 12th

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On Saturday, 12 September 2015, the Piedmont chapter color guard attended the grand opening of the Friends of the Milton Library barn located adjacent to the new Milton Library at the request of Piedmont Chapter past president and board member of the Friends of the Milton Library, Bill Lusk. Compatriots Bill Kabel, Rick Reese, Bob Sapp, and Bob McCleskey presented the colors to open the ceremony.

During the beginning of the ceremony chapter president Bill Kabel presented two framed documents to the Friends of the Milton Library. These were a copy of the Declaration of Independence and a copy of the U S Constitution.

Following that, vice-president Rick Reese presented a flag certificate to the Friends of the Milton Library from the Piedmont chapter SAR.

After retiring the colors, the Piedmont compatriots enjoyed root beer floats and ice cream sundaes with the rest of the attending crowd.

The Piedmont Color Guard with Milton Library staff.

The NSSAR Fall Leadership Conference in Louisville, KY
Date: 9/23 - 9/28 of 2015

Thursday Night GASSAR Dinner
Friday - NSSAR Color Guard Activities | Friday - Banquet Ceremony

The NSSAR Fall Leadership Conference was held in Louisville, KY from Thursday 9/23/15 through Sunday 9/28/15.

Service for Compatriot Bob Walker
Date: October 3rd

On October 3rd, 2015, the family and Color Guard of the Piedmont Chapter - George Thurmond, Paul Prescott, Bill Kabel, Shep Hammack and Bob McCleskey honored our fallen Chapter Historian Robert 'Bob' Walker at the Roswell Funeral Home. The service began at 2 pm.


President Bill Kabel spoke of Bob's service to the SAR and presented Bob's wife Jane with a flag.

Past President Carl Bhame spoke about Compatriot Bob Walker to the family and those attending the service.

Also attending were past Chapter Presidents, Walt Woliver, Bobby Shaw and Carl Bhame, compatriot Chuck Rann, Nancy Prescott & Carolyn Kabel.

Bill Kabel presents flag to family. Photo also includes Shep Hammack and Bob McCleskey.

Carl Bhame gives a eulogy.

Flag Retirement Receptacle Ceremony at Home Depot
Date: October 10th

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On Saturday, October 3, 2015 a ceremony was held at the Home Depot store #1755 in Roswell to formally unveil and dedicate a Flag Recycling container. Participants included Piedmont Chapter Sons of the American Revolution President Bill Kabel, Martha Stewart Bulloch Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution Regent Paula Nelson, Martha Stewart Bulloch Society Children of the American Revolution President Elisa Jimenez, Piedmont Chapter Vice President Rick Reese, the Home Depot Assistant Store Manager Dave Coleman, Piedmont Chapter SAR Color Guard members (Paul Prescott, George Thurmond, Shep Hammack, and Bob McCleskey). The ceremony was well-attended by SAR, DAR, and CAR members, as well as a number of Roswell residents... despite the threatening weather on Saturday morning.

The purpose of this container is to allow anyone with an American Flag that has become worn and no longer serviceable to deposit their flag to be properly and respectfully retired. The deposited flags will be collected throughout the year by the Piedmont Chapter Sons of the American Revolution, and properly disposed of at a formal ceremony on Flag Day of each year. The graphic design on the Flag Recycling container is by Paul Frank.

The Home Depot store is located at 1580 Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell will keep the Flag recycling box out in front of their store. They also offer a discount on a new flag for people who recycle their old flags in the receptacle.

In December, two and a half months after the receptacle was placed, the contents were emptied. 144 flags were removed. Those flags and the additional flags that will be removed during the first half on 2016, will be properly disposed of on Flag Day June 14, 2016.

The "Bring a Friend" Chapter Meeting
Date: October 17th

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The Piedmont Chapter held its first "Bring a Friend" meeting on Saturday, 10/17/2015, a concept developed by President Bill Kabel. Following the regular meeting opening ceremony President Kabel spoke to the group of members and guests to outline the idea for the meeting. The purpose of the meeting was twofold:
1) to inform guests about the SAR and Piedmont (hopefully, to create interest for joining SAR), 2) to let our members know the extent of our activities and our success.

The "guest speakers" were Piedmont chapter members.

Vice-President Rick Reese covered the history, origins and purpose of the Sons of the American Revolution as an organization from its roots in 1876 with the "Sons of Revolutionary Sires" in California. The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution grew out of the "Sires" in 1889, and was chartered by an act of Congress on June 9, 1906. Our historical, educational, and patriotic non-profit organization developed from that beginning to become the over 32,000 members in over 500 chapters throughout the world that exists today.

President Bill Kabel spoke next about the history and successes achieved by our Piedmont chapter through the active participation of our members over the years. Bill showed a slide show of images depicting the educational programs of our speakers bureau members, the color guard activities of patriotic grave markings, presenting the colors at civic and educational ceremonies and events, as well as community support in parades and historic ceremonies.

Past Piedmont President Paul Prescott entertained and informed the audience with an abbreviated version of the "Traveling Trunk" program, which uniformed chapter members regularly present to 4th and 8th grade students in the schools in the north Atlanta area. We have already been asked to present this program to a number of Fulton county schools as a result of Paul's presentation.

The final speakers were past President and chapter Registrar Carl Bhame along with chapter Treasurer Shep Hammack. They spoke about membership in the SAR, the requirements, and assistance available for prospective members as they work through the membership process.

Two new members to our Piedmont Chapter:
• William Dale Miller, whose patriot ancestor is John Gorsuch.
• Charles C. Olsen, whose patriot ancestor is William Hansard.

Piedmont Color Guard Makes a 'Traveling Trunk' Movie
Date: October 30th


The Piedmont chapter has long been noted for our education outreach to school children using the Traveling Trunk program. It has always been received with enthusiasm by all the audiences who have seen it. In keeping with the National SAR Society's mission to focus on education outreach, we have been asked by the SAR national to make a DVD of our Traveling Trunk presentation.

Paul Prescott, Bill Kabel, George Thurmond, and Rick Reese worked on an outline for the Traveling Trunk presentation to use in creating the video. A dry run helped to hone the timing for everyone's role.

On Friday October 30th the live presentations were filmed during a scheduled traveling trunk program given to the eighth grade students at Vickery Creek Middle School in Cumming, GA. That day 5 presentations were made to a total of 365 students and teachers. The presentations were made by uniformed color guard members Bill Kabel, Paul Prescott, and George Thurmond. All the presentations were recorded by Rick Reese (also in uniform).

I have included a high resolution and a lower resolution photo of our presenting team and the traveling trunk display that was used in the interactive presentations to show and tell the students about what life was like during the period of the American Revolution.

Rick Reese is in the process of editing the presentations into a single complete traveling trunk program from which the DVD will be created.

Veteran's Day 2015 at Haw Creek Elementary
Date: November 11th

On November 11, 2015 Piedmont Color Guard members Bill Kabel and Rick Reese presented the colors at two ceremonies held as part of the Haw Creek Elementary Veterans Day program in Cumming, Georgia. They were assisted by members of Boy Scouts Troop 109 and a number of Cub Scouts as well. The scouts lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Members of the Haw Creek 4th and 5th grade chorus provided the vocal accompaniment. Many veterans were in attendance for both ceremonies, along with parents, teachers and students. This event truly recognized and honored our veterans.

Wreaths Across America _ Marietta National Cemetery
Date: December 12th

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This year was the 24th year that the Wreaths Across America program placed thousands of wreaths on veterans' graves throughout the United States, and internationally. The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), as descendants of our nation's very first veterans, proudly sponsors and supports the program. Members of the Piedmont Chapter Color Guard attended two local ceremonies on Saturday, December 12. Rick Reese and Shep Hammack participated at the Marietta National Cemetery, and Bill Kabel and Bob McCleskey Presented the Colors at the Roswell Presbyterian Church ceremony. A Proclamation from SAR President General Thomas Lawrence was read at each of the ceremonies.

The Mission of Wreaths Across America's Program is to "Remember, Honor, and Teach" and the ceremonies are carried out with coordinated wreath laying ceremonies at 12:00 noon on "National Wreaths Across America Day." at national, veterans, confederate, regional, private, and local cemeteries, and at military bases throughout the country.

Many other groups (the DAR, Civil Air Patrol, ROTC, fraternities and sororities, the American Legion, the VFW, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and others) have joined in the effort to spread the message about the importance of remembering our fallen heroes, honoring those who serve, and teaching our children about the sacrifices made by veterans and their families to preserve our freedoms.

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