As descendants of the Patriots who won the American Revolution and secured the freedoms with which we’re blessed, one of our foremost duties is to remember and honor our nation’s first veterans and their service. I hope you have had the chance today to pause for a moment and consider the sacrifices and risks your ancestors took to create a new nation.
The SAR was conceived as a fraternal and civic society composed of lineal descendants of the patriots 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. As members of the SAR we strive to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom. We should continually remember what Nick Lampson said, “There is nothing nobler than risking your life for your country,” and share the importance of honoring our nation’s veterans this and every day.
So on behalf of the DCSAR, I’m honored to express my sincere thanks to all of our veterans. “America’s Veterans have served their country with the belief that democracy and freedom are ideals to be upheld around the world (John Doolittle).” As members of the DCSAR, and descendants of the first American Veterans, let us work diligently to preserve the freedom our veterans secured for us, and continue to honor them with gratitude for their sacrifice.