November 18, 2018 - New CAR Chapter Chartering Ceremony

Members of our Mecklenburg chapter Color Guard provided the Colors for the chartering ceremony of the newest CAR (Children of the American Revolution) chapter in Stanfield, NC. The new CAR chapter name is the COL Adam Alexander chapter, CAR. The ceremony was held at the Berea Baptist Church in Stanfield, NC. Members of the Mecklenburg chapter in attendance included Jim Tatum, Jim Wood, John Allen and Steve McKee.

Members of the Mecklenburg chapter SAR Color Guard participated in the new chapter chartering ceremony for the COL Adam Alexander Chapter, CAR, in Stanfield, NC, on November 18 2018.

November 15, 2018 - Annual Chapter Meeting & Elections

Our chapter held our annual chapter meeting this evening to present awards to outstanding members, to elect new chapter leadership and to enjoy some fine bluegrass music.

Chapter president Dave Alls honored all of our chapter members who have served our country through military service. Each member received their official SAR military service medal and certificate.

Mecklenburg chapter vice president Stephen McKee is awarded the chapter's 2018 Outstanding Member of the Year on November 15 2018.

Several chapter members were then honored with SAR and Chapter awards, including Jim Tatum, John Allen and Stephen McKee (in photo above). Compatriot McKee was awarded the chapter's Outstanding Member of the Year for his work at the Cowan's Ford program and throughout the year. Tony also mentioned that our monthly chapter lunches will be commencing again in 2019...but this time they will be held at The Waldhorn German Restaurant!

New Mecklenburg chapter Sons of the American Revolution president Tony Zeiss on November 15 2018.

Our chapter elections were held where Tony Zeiss (in photo above) was elected as our new chapter president. Tony delivered some remarks following his installation focused on growing our chapter toward the 200 member mark over the next two years and providing more transparency to chapter members on chapter finances.

The Little String Big Band played at the Mecklenburg SAR annual meeting on November 15 2018 in Charlotte, NC.

The evening then concluded with an outstanding performance by the incredible musical talent from the members of The Little Big String Band. They put on a tremendous performance for the group!

November 10, 2018 - Charlotte Veterans Day Parade

The Mecklenburg Chapter Color Guard led the Charlotte Veterans Day Parade again this year through the streets of Uptown Charlotte. This year we had two very special young people join us for the parade. Landon Knestrick, our chapter's youngest member, and Peyton McKee, chapter vice president Steve McKee's daughter.

Members of the Mecklenburg SAR chapter participate in the 2018 Charlotte Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 10 2018.

Other SAR members in attendance included Ray Maxson, Greg Catledge, Neil Hohmann, Steve McKee, Bill McCown, Tom Phlegar, Ken Luckey and Jay Joyce.

November 3, 2018 - 33 Patriots Monument Unveiling

Our chapter staged the unveiling ceremony for the 33 Patriots Monument to conclude the year's fundraising campaign to purchase and install the new monument at Centre Presbyterian Church in Mooresville, NC.

Several hundred SAR, DAR, CAR, community organizations and the general public attended the indoor service to hear new chapter president Tony Zeiss deliver a presentation on some of the Patriot's stories who are buried in the cemetery.

The Mecklenburg chapter SAR unveils the 33 Patriots Monument at Centre Presbyterian Church in Mooresville, NC, on November 3 2018.

Everybody then moved outdoors for the official unveiling ceremony of the monument, which is located inside the church cemetery under a grove of trees. In the photo above, Jenny Tolson, regent of the Mecklenburg Chapter, NSDAR, officially unveils the Monument as Mecklenburg SAR chapter members Stephen McKee, at left, and Jim Tatum, at right, handle the Honor Guard duties.

We thank the SAR, DAR and CAR for your generous support during the fundraising and also at the event. These wonderful chapters include the Mecklenburg Chapter, NSDAR, Alexandriana Chapter, NSDAR, the Battle of Shallow Ford Chapter, NSDAR, the Blue Ridge Chapter, SAR, the Capt. George Dickey Chapter, SAR, the Col. Alexander Erwin Chapter, SAR, the George Washington Endowment Fund, SAR, the Mary Slocumb Chapter, NSDAR, the Nathanael Greene chapter, NSDAR, the Otway Burns chapter, NSDAR, the Peter Smith Chapter, NSDAR, the Stamp Defiance Chapter, NSDAR, and the Susanna Coutanch Evans Chapter, NSDAR. Also a special thanks to our chapter president Dave Alls for coordinating and managing the event. Thank you for your generosity and your support. The Monument could never have been purchased or installed without your contributions.

October 7, 2018 - 238th Anniversary of the Battle of Kings Mountain

Mecklenburg chapter members Jim Wood, Jim Tatum and Ray Maxson participated in the SAR National event during the 238th Anniversary of the Battle of Kings Mountain today. SAR, DAR, CAR and other patriotic organizations gathered on top of Kings Mountain to honor the Patriots who bravely fought at this battle. In the photo below, left to right, Ray Maxson, Jim Wood, Jack Bowman (president, Catawba Valley SAR chapter), George Strunk (NCSSAR State President) and Jim Tatum pose for a photo during the ceremony.

Mecklenburg chapter SAR at the 238th Anniversary of the Battle of Kings Mountain on October 7 2018.

September 28, 2018 - Chapter Members Attend River Crossing

Mecklenburg chapter members John Allen and Jim Tatum had the opportunity to participate in the Overmountain Men Militia crossing of the Catawba River at Greenlee Ford near Morganton, NC. When the British invaded the back country of the South during 1780, the local Patriot militia took a stand. At Sycamore Shoals, TN, a militia unit assembled from the VA and TN area.

Mecklenburg chapter member John Allen participated in the Greenlee Ford Catawba River crossing on Sept 28 2018 near Morganton, NC.

The 1100 men began their journey to cross the Appalachian Mountains to defeat the British. Along their route through NC communities today known as Wilkes County, Spruce Pines, Marion, Morganton, Gilbertown, Cowpens, SC, and Gaffney, SC, joined the force.

Mecklenburg chapter SAR member John Allen participates in the SAR Color Guard at the Overmountain Militia ceremony at Greenlee Ford on Sept 28 2018.

Each year members of the Overmountain Victory Trail Association walk this trail in honor of this historic event; and 21 Patriots who made the crossing of the river were killed during the battle at Kings Mountain. A huge crowd attended from the local communities and throughout the state. Catawba Valley SAR chapter president Jack Bowman attended and was instrumental in getting the SAR involved for this first year.

August 11, 2018 - Tryon Resolves Annual Celebration

Members of the Mecklenburg chapter Color Guard participated in the 244th Annual Commemoration of the Signing of the Tryon Resolves today at the Tryonota Volunteer Fire Department in Bessemer City, NC. More than 100 celebrants gathered to participate in the program and pay respects to the Patriots who signed the Resolves. Members of the Mecklenburg chapter who participated were Jim Wood, Jim Tatum and Ray Maxson.

Mecklenburg chapter members participate in the Signing of the Tryon Resolves ceremony on August 11 2018 in Bessemer City NC.

The 244th anniversary of the signing of the Tryon Resolves was held August 11 2018 in Bessemer City, NC at the Tryonta Volunteer Fire Department.

July 31, 2018 - Color Guard at DAR State Meeting

Our Mecklenburg chapter Color Guard provided services today at the North Carolina DAR state meeting at the Gaston Country Club. Over 100 DAR members were in attendance. Providing the Colors from our chapter were John Allen, Neil Hohmann, Ray Maxson and Jim Tatum.

The Mecklenburg chapter SAR provided Color Guard services at the North Carolina DAR state meeting at the Gaston Country Club on July 31 2018.

July 7, 2018 - Dual Patriot Grave Marking with DAR Chapter

Our Mecklenburg chapter co-hosted a dual Patriot grave marking ceremony with the Eleanor Wilson Chapter, DAR, from Washington, D.C. at the Steel Creek Presbyterian Church today. The graves of Revolutionary War Patriots Eleanor Wilson and Robert Wilson were rededicated. The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Chapter DAR assisted in the local planning of the ceremony. Our chapter members provided the Color Guard and included Jim Tatum, Stephen McKee, Jim Wood, John Allen, Ray Maxson, Greg Catledge and Tom Phlegar.

The Mecklenburg SAR chapter co-hosted a dual Patriot grave marking ceremony on July 7 2018 with the Eleanor Wilson DAR chapter from Washington D.C. at the Steele Creek Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC for Patriots Eleanor Wilson and Robert Wilson on July 7 2018.

The Mecklenburg SAR chapter and the Eleanor Wilson DAR chapter in Washington D.C. co-sponsored a dual Patriot grave marking on July 7 2018 at Steele Creek Presbyterian Church on July 7 2018 in Charlotte, NC.

July 4, 2018 - New U.S. Citizen Naturalization Ceremony

Members of our Mecklenburg chapter provided official Color Guard duties for the annual U.S. New Citizen Naturalization Ceremony held today at the Charlotte Museum of History. Approximately 20 new citizens took the oath of citizenship and received their official U.S. citizen paperwork. Mecklenburg chapter members John Allen, Jim Tatum, Jim Wood, Greg Catledge, Bill McCown, Neil Hohmann, Tom Phlegar and Jay Joyce.

The Mecklenburg SAR Color Guard participates in the 2018 new U.S. Citizen Naturalization Ceremony on July 4 2018 at the Charlotte Museum of History.

June 9, 2018 - 238th Anniversary of Ramsour's Mill

The 238th Anniversary of Ramsour's Mill was held today in Lincolnton, NC. Members of the Mecklenburg chapter attended to support the SAR national event and Color Guard. Our attending members included Jim Wood, Jim Tatum, Neil Hohmann and Ray Maxson.

The Mecklenburg chapter attended the 238th Anniversary of the Battle of Ramsours Mill in Lincolnton, NC on June 9 2018.

June 6, 2018 - Chapter Americanism Poster Contest Winner

Congratulations to our Mecklenburg chapter Americanism Poster contest winner Ian R. from Polo Ridge Elementary School! Ian also placed 2nd in the State contest. In the photo below, Ian receives his award and scholarship from chapter member Jim Wood while his teacher Jason Sword proudly looks on.

Mecklenburg chapter Americanism Poster winner on June 6 2018 from Polo Ridge Elementary School in Charlotte, NC.

May 16, 2018 - New Members Inducted During 90th Birthday

More new members were inducted into our awesome chapter as we celebrated our chapter's 90th birthday during the May membership dinner meeting! Historic artist Dan Nance was our special guest and he provided a wonderful collection of stories and artwork from his Revolutionary War collection. We would like to welcome all of the new members who took their new membership oath, and thank the evening's oldest member in attendance, Curt Older, and our youngest member in attendance, Don Diegert, for cutting our chapter's 90th birthday cake! See the photos below.

Mecklenburg chapter meeting in Charlotte on May 16 2018.

Mecklenburg chapter members slice the 90th chapter birthday cake on May 16 2018.

March 26, 2018 - SAR Community Award Presented to CMPD Officer

The Mecklenburg chapter presented the SAR Law Enforcement Community Service Medal and Award for Outstanding Community Service to CMPD officer Wesley Rightsell today at CMPD headquarters in Charlotte. In the photo below (left to right), Mecklenburg chapter members Dave Alls, Jim Wood, Officer Rightsell, Dan Short and Guy Chamberlain pose for a photo after presenting the award.

Mecklenburg chapter members present CMPD officer Wesley Rightsell with the SAR Law Enforcement medal on March 26 2018.

March 17, 2018 - The 237th Anniversary of Guilford Courthouse

Members of our Mecklenburg chapter attended the 237th Anniversary of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse in Greensboro, NC today. Attending members included Jim Tatum, Jim Wood and John Allen.

The Mecklenburg chapter attended the 237th Anniversary of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse on March 17 2018 in Greensboro NC.

February 28, 2018 - Donation to Men's Shelter of Charlotte

Mecklenburg chapter secretary Chad Lloyd visited the Men's Shelter of Charlotte today and delivered a donation in the name of past chapter member Peter Hubicki. Ann Marie Elmayan, a volunteer with the shelter, received the donation. Compatriot Hubicki was a long time advocate and supporter of the Men's Shelter of Charlotte.

Mecklenburg chapter secretary Chad Lloyd delivers a donation to the Men's Shelter of Charlotte on February 28 2018.

February 15, 2018 - Thomas Jefferson Visits for President's Day

Our Mecklenburg chapter welcomed President Thomas Jefferson for our 5th Annual President's Day Community Dinner here in Charlotte. 256 people, mostly from the community, joined SAR and DAR members to listen to Mr. Jefferson's accounts of his early life to his most famous roles. Historical actor Bill Barker portrayed Mr. Jefferson to an attentive and responsive large crowd. The evening was a tremendous success and congratulations to our own Tom Phlegar for pulling together another memorable chapter programming event. Photos from the evening are below.

The Mecklenburg SAR chapter welcomed President Thomas Jefferson to our 5th Annual President's Day Community Dinner in Charlotte on February 15 2018.

Mecklenburg chapter SAR with Thomas Jefferson at our annual President's Day Community Dinner in Charlotte on February 15 2018.

February 4, 2018 - Dedication of African American Cemetery

Mecklenburg chapter member, and new Eagle Scout, Michael Miller lead a ceremony to officially dedicate an African American Slave Cemetery on the grounds of Rehobeth United Methodist Church in Terrell, NC. Michael's Eagle Scout project was to clean the burial grounds, install sitting benches and stepping stones. With the help of his grandfather and fellow chapter member, Jim Tatum, they created over 50 stone markers to mark the graves that were found.

Mecklenburg SAR chapter member and Eagle Scout Michael Miller during his Eagle Project of cleaning an African American Slave Cemetery at Rehobeth Methodist Church in Terrells Ford, NC on Februarhy 4 2018.

In the photo below, the Mecklenburg chapter Color Guard poses with Michael for a group chapter photo following the dedication and Eagle Scout ceremony.

Mecklenburg chapter Color Guard at the African American Slave Cemetery project on February 4 2018 at Rehobeth United Methodist Church in Terrell, NC.

January 27, 2018 - Cowan's Ford Anniversary

Our Mecklenburg chapter hosted the 237th Anniversary of the Battle of Cowan's Ford held at Hopewell Presbyterian Church in Huntersville, NC. Project chairman Stephen McKee successfully managed the SAR national event with support from many chapter members.

In the photo below, chapter member Jim Tatum serves as the Color Guard commander.

Mecklenburg chapter member Jim Tatum commands the SAR color guard at the 237th Anniversary of the Battle of Cowan's Ford in Huntersville, NC on January 27 2018.

In the photo below, guest speaker Steve Lundeen, senior instructor and shoot boss with Project Appleseed, addresses the gathering about the history of Lexington and Concord and the willingness of "everyday" Americans to leave their farms and pick up arms.

Project Appleseed senior shoot instructor Steve Lundeen addresses the 237th Anniversary of the Battle of Cowan's Ford in Huntersville, NC on January 27 2018.

The SAR Color Guard retires the colors at the 237th Anniversary of the Battle of Cowans Ford on Jaunary 27 2018 in Huntersville, NC.

January 13, 2018 - The 237th Anniversary at Cowpens

Members from our Mecklenburg chapter attended the 237th Anniversary of the Battle of Cowpens today. Jim Wood, Neil Hohmann, Ray Maxson, Landon Knestrick and Jim Tatum represented our chapter and participated in the combined Color Guard.

The Mecklenburg chapter SAR attended the 237th Anniversary of the Battle of Cowpens on January 13 2018.

January 6, 2018 - Peter Hubicki Memorial Service

Chapter members and friends of Compatriot Peter Hubicki gathered at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church today to remember and to pay tribute. Our Color Guard rendered honors to Compatriot Hubicki and presented the patriotic floral spray in the photo. Peter was a U.S. Marine and the Marines were on hand to officially bring greetings from President Trump and present Peter's family with the U.S. Flag.

Members of the Mecklenburg chapter pay respects to Compatriot Peter Hubicki on January 6 2018.
(In the photo above, chapter member Steve McKee places the U.S. Flag
at the front of the church for Peter's service. Below, members of the Color
Guard stand at attention during the service. )

Several members of the Mecklenburg chapter Color Guard stand at attention during the memorial service for chapter member Peter Hubicki on January 6 2018.

December 16, 2017 - Wreaths Across America Celebration

Our Mecklenburg chapter Color Guard attended the annual Wreaths Across America commemoration and grave marking event today. More than 1,000 cemeteries across the country participate in the program. Attending from our chapter included Dave Alls, Jim Wood, Jim Tatum, John Allen, Ray Maxson, Neil Hohmann, Guy Chamberlain and Jay Joyce.

The Mecklenburg SAR participated in the Wreaths Across America grave marking ceremony on December 16 2017.