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Greetings Compatriots,

Greetings Compatriots,

One of the key functions of the SAR, in addition to history and genealogy, is education. There are essay contests, awards to scouts and JROTC awards. We participate in these programs with the help of our members and their wives. These awards are important in that they encourage patriotism and American values. Our members go to the schools and participate in giving medals and certificates to members of the JROTC. We are in the midst of giving those awards this month and I want to recognize everyone in our chapter who have given of their time and energy in making this important event a reality. I want to encourage all of our members to participate in helping meet the educational goals of the SAR. As less time is being spent in classrooms teaching youth the history of our nation and its principles the work of the SAR becomes more important.

May is a significant month for patriots as we recognize those who have given their lives in the service of their country. Originally called Decoration Day, over dozens of cities claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and was declared by General John Logan in General Order No. 11 to be May 30th. An interesting side note is that the official flower of Memorial Day is the red poppy. Mrs. Moina Michael penned a poem about Poppy Red and the blood of heroes never dying. She got her friends and co-workers to wear red poppies. The custom has spread nationally and to other countries.

Our South Coast Chapter color guard will once again be present at the Memorial Day celebration in San Clemente.

In Compartriotism,
Richard Bent

Updated 14 May 2017 [top]