The "Washington Trail" is the official newsletter for the Washington State Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (WASSAR). It is packed with great stories, useful information pertaining to our state society, and interesting news about all eight of the Washington Chapters. It is printed on a quarterly basis.
Pacific District's Sarah Chen
Takes 2nd place in National Knight Essay Contest!
A young woman from AK (Pacific District) has finished second in the NSSAR Knight Essay Contest. The AK SAR has been informed and they are working on an announcement in the Anchorage Daily News. A mention of this should be made at the District meeting. Sarah Chen's will receive $2500 for her essay.
Congratulations to the Pacific District.
Jim Lindley, Knight Essay Chairman NSSAR
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ATTENTION EDUCATORS AND STUDENTS!
$$ CASH AWARDS $$
Take advantage of all that the SAR has to offer. In addition to sponsoring various contests that pay out cash awards at the local, state, and national levels, we also have "SAR-Presenters" who will come to your school and give presentations (free of charge) about life in colonial times. These Presenters are comfortable in the classroom, and will make the learning experience interactive and fun.
CLICK ON THE "YOUTH PROGRAMS" LINK, ABOVE, FOR MORE INFORMATION.
The online Washington SAR Speakers Bureau is now a reality. If your organization would like to schedule a Guest Speaker presentation, you are invited to fill out the Guest Speaker Request Form. Your request will be forwarded to the appropriate speaker, and you can expect to hear back from him within a few days. Also, if you are someone who would like to be a part of the Speakers Bureau, then please fill out the Guest Speaker Registration Form.
THE SAR PLEDGE
"We descendants of the heroes of the American Revolution who, by their sacrifices, established the United States of America, reaffirm our faith in the principles of liberty and our Constitutional Republic, and solemnly pledge ourselves to defend them against every foe."
THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
Proportionate to the size of the population, the Revolutionary War was the second most costly war in American history. During the eight years it lasted from April 1775 until September 1783, over 25,000 soldiers died. It brought deadly disease to thousands of civilians, wreaked havoc on the economy, and practically drove our great nation to its knees. General George Washington was so amazed at its outcome, that he said it was "a little short of a standing miracle" that we had won.
SAR CHAPTERS IN WASHINGTON STATE
There are eight chapters in our state; two in eastern Washington, and six in western Washington. We are currently undergoing a surge in new membership applications. Prospective members are invited to attend monthly meetings at any of our chapters. The meeting times are listed under "Chapters," but these times are subject to change. You are, therefore, encouraged to contact the respective chapter President before simply dropping-in for a visit. Use the email form that is found under Contact Us to make an inquiry. We look forward to meeting you.
Our future is GROWTH. Growth in younger members, in retained members, in previously not active members, and in our communities where we will be more engaged. I am proposing a goal of 64,000 members by the celebration of the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence—2026—nine years from now...
The Color Guard Page
On behalf of our members, I invite you to join our ranks as we strive to keep patriotism and the memory of our Revolutionary War heritage burning in the hearts and minds of every American, young and old. We believe it is our responsibility to bring public awareness of how we became this free nation and understand that it did not come free. -- Brigade Commander Col. Douglas Nelson
President General Larry Guzy's Inaugural Remarks, July 2017
HISTORICAL, EDUCATIONAL AND PATRIOTIC
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