Mount Vernon
A Georgia Chapter of the SAR
Our Next Regular Meeting
Tuesday September 10th @ 7 pm
Guest Speaker: David Wellons
Topic: 'The Intolerable Acts'
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Refresh
We meet the second Tuesday of each month and begin meetings at 7 pm with interesting guest speakers and chapter business. Attendees are encouraged to come early for the social hour (6 pm to 7 pm) and order beverages, appetizers and/or dinner upon arrival. There is no fee charged at the door and visitors are welcome to attend our meetings.   (You are responsible for your own tab.)


Meeting Location:
Vintage Pizzeria - Dunwoody
5510 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd.
Dunwoody GA 30338

(Ask for the "side room")


If you are interested in genealogy
and believe you have a patriot ancestor, come see us!



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"The Sons of the American Revolution honors our Revolutionary War patriot ancestors by promoting patriotism, serving our communities, educating and inspiring future generations about the founding principles of our Country."

SAR Missions and Goals
(at NSSAR website)

Our organization and its members are dedicated to:
  • Maintaining and extending the Institutions of American Freedom, our national & historic symbols, promote patriotism, and honor the American Flag.
  • To Honor, Respect, and Support US Veterans, local members of Law Enforcement, Fire & Rescue, and Emergency Medical Services.
  • We believe in American sovereignty and the value of American Citizenship.
  • Teaching and preserving our American History through various Educational Programs offered by the SAR.
  • To Remember "Our obligation to our forefathers, who gave us our Constitution, the Bill of Rights, an Independent Supreme Court, and a Nation of Free Men."


The American Revolution
April 19, 1775 to September 3rd, 1783

The Sons of the American Revolution has a decade long program celebrating key Revolutionary events. Each year, a major historical item will be highlighted by NSSAR. To read about the program, click on the America 250 logo above.
In addition, our website has detailed articles written by past President General Jack Manning, who served two terms (2019 and 2020):

More History Articles:
Timeline | Calendar


The Mount Vernon Chapter Color Guard is the most visible public face of our Chapter. It provides an easily identifiable and colorful focal point at educational, historical and patriotic events, as well as parades, awards ceremonies, flag ceremonies, memorial activities, and other community events. The variety of uniforms and flags invite children, spectators, participants, and potential members to come forward to ask questions about the American Revolution era, the Sons of the American Revolution society, and the Mount Vernon Chapter.

The Color Guard is made up of chapter compatriots who dress in Continental army uniforms, or in militia clothing, and also in kilts (Irish and Scottish). Some carry swords, muskets, rifles and pistols, from the Revolutionary era. Members have taken extreme care for their uniforms and equipment to be as historically correct as possible so as not to compromise the spirit of the Revolutionary era.

Interested in having our Color Guard at your event? Contact our Color Guard Commander. He will respond as quickly as possible.
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Examples of our Mission Support

SAR Meetings

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The 27th Annual American Celebration at the Johnson Ferry Baptist Church ~ July 2022

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Cordon at Compatriot's Funeral

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Patriot Grave Marking (Multi Chaper Color Guard)

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INS Ceremony ~ Fulton County Courthouse

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"Roswell Remembers" ~ Memorial Day
(Multi Chaper Color Guard)


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The Dunwoody 4th of July Parade

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Wreaths Across America

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The Mount Vernon Chapter displays the US flag and proudly recites the Pledge of Allegiance at each meeting. In addition, our Chapter has consistently pursued opportunities with local municipalities to promote a partnership for installing flag poles, issue flag certificates for proper display, and for promoting patriotism.

Mount Vernon Issues Certificates
Flag Certificates are ceremoniously issued to businesses, municipalities and individuals who properly display the American Flag as long as it meets the US Flag Code.

US Flag Code
  • During daylight hours (between sunrise to sunset) on stationary flag staffs should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.
  • When left raised at night, it should have a light on the Flag and staff.
  • It should be a serviceable flag, that is not worn or soiled.


Examples of our Mission Support

Flag Certificate for the City of Sandy Springs

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Mayor Rusty Paul was presented with a Flag Certificate by our 2023 Chapter President (center) and our founding Chapter President (left) for the flag displayed at City Hall.

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Sandy Springs Veterans Park

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A second Flag Certificate was also given to the City of Sandy Springs for the pole and Flag at Veterans Park.

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Sandy Springs Fire Station #2

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Sandy Springs Fire Chief Keith Sanders was presented with a Sons of the American Revolution Flag Certificate at Fire Station #2. Also present were Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul, John Paulson from District 1 (Mayor pro tempore for the City), and Melissa Mular from District 3.

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Johnson Ferry Baptist Church

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The Mount Vernon Chapter presented a Flag Certificate of Commendation to the Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, in recognition of exemplary patriotism in the display of The Flag of the United States of America.

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Flag Pole Donation

Donaldson-Bannister Farm
Dunwoody, GA


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The Mount Vernon Chapter SAR along with the Sandy Springs DAR presented the City of Dunwoody and the Dunwoody Parks & Recreation Department with a check to co-pay for a new Flag pole at the Donaldson-Bannister Farm. This was initiated by our founding President.

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The Mount Vernon Chapter currently has seventeen members that are US Veterans. Each one of them has been awarded with either the SAR's Military Service Medal (MSM) or the War Service Medal (WSM).

The SAR actively supports the Wounded Warriors Program, Wreaths Across America (attending ceremonies & purchasing wreaths), attending Veterans events, dedications and funerals. Mount Vernon also participates in patriotic parades & holiday’s, including Washington’s Birthday, Patriots Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Forth of July, Constitution Day, Veterans Day, and Yorktown Day.

Anyone interested in supporting the Mount Vernon chapter with a Veterans event or program can contact our chapter Veterans Committee Chairman. Contact us via eMail
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Examples of our Mission Support

2023 Vietnam Veteran's Day

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2023 Vietnam War Memorial

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Sandy Springs Veterans Park, Sandy Springs, GA.
The Sandy Springs Chapter of the DAR and the Mount Vernon Chapter SAR each contributed to the purchase of this Trident Maple Tree, along with a plaque was placed at the base.

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Wreaths Across America - Marietta

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Wreaths Across America - Canton

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The Mount Vernon Chapter awards the SAR's Law Enforcement Commendation Medal and Certificate to local police officers who have served with distinction and devotion in the field of law enforcement. The medal is intended to recognize exceptional service or accomplishment.

Our Public Service Committee and the Chapter Board of Managers approved such a medal to two Dunwoody Police Officers in 2020. The Dunwoody Police Department & North Metro S.W.A.T. Tactical Commander outlined Officer Martin's actions and Officer Daley's bravery under extreme pressure for stopping a dangerous driver, and who was in possession of dangerous drugs. Officer Daley was injured in the process.



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Officers Nathan Daley and Kasey Martin

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The SAR's Speakers Bureau program is available to fellow C.A.R., DAR & SAR Chapters, other genealogical or historical societies, Rotary, Kiwanis, or other community service groups that can utilize guest speakers.

Our Mount Vernon speakers have interesting presentations that promote patriotic, educational and historical interests, that are related to key figures and events from the American Revolution or post war development of the United States.

Interested? Contact Us about our Speakers Bureau. We will respond as quickly as possible.
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Biography:
Kevin Baker has been a member of the Children of the American Revolution since the age of 5 and at one time, a fourth generation family member affiliated with CAR/SAR/DAR. Kevin held various offices on the Local, State and National level, eventually becoming the first National President from the state of Georgia in the C.A.R.’s history at just 17 years old. He was installed as President on the historic grounds of Mount Vernon in New York state.

Ancestry:
His ancestry includes Calvary Captain James Benson, who fought at the battle of Cowpens and pursued British forces who were in route to Kettle Creek; Captain Thomas Bradford who later became a Justice of the Peace; Arthur Lee II of Blenheim Hall from Charles County, Maryland the descendant of Richard Lee also known as Richard the Immigrant and other various Captains, Naval Officers and militia privates, many of which have a SAR marker placed at their tombs.

SAR Lecturing Credentials:
  • 28 years of public speaking experience for groups of 10 to 1,000 +.
  • Professional storyteller and historian.
  • 10 years of colonial and antebellum reenactment experience.
Prepared Lectures:
  • C.A.R (Who are we?)
  • Roswell history, haunts and legends.
  • 2nd Virginia Convention ("Give me Liberty or Give me Death")

  • Fees: No fees to school, church, veteran, Scouts, DAR, CAR and SAR groups.
  • Travel Range: Preference is within 50 miles of metro-Atlanta. Will consider distant travel if travel expenses are covered.
  • Speaking Conditions: Audio-Visual Equipment – Will need you to provide LCD/Projector that connects to my laptop for display of PowerPoint slides. Microphone/speaker system should be provided if venue is larger.



Biography:
Tom has been a resident of Atlanta since 1968. Earned his AA and BA degrees from Emory University in Clinical and Experimental Psychology. His career included mental health counseling, and 45 years in sales of eye-related surgical systems. Tom has been a genealogist since 2004, specializing in Colonial and Medieval history. Member in 30 hereditary societies including colonial and medieval societies. Member - Georgia Chapter, Association of Professional Genealogists.

Current and Past Offices Held in Societies:
  • Registrar General/Genealogist, National Society, Sons & Daughters of the Pilgrims
  • State Registrar/Genealogist, GA Society of the War of 1812
  • Genealogist, Georgia Society of Colonial Wars
  • Genealogist, Georgia Society, Sons of the American the Revolution
  • Registrar/Genealogist, Mt. Vernon Chapter, SAR (Dunwoody, GA)
  • Past SE District Registrar/Genealogist, Order of the Founders of North America
  • Past State Registrar/Genealogist, GA Branch, National Society of Sons & Daughters of Pilgrims
  • Past Registrar/Genealogist, Nathaniel Greene Chapter, Georgia Society, Sons of the Revolution
  • Past Registrar/Genealogist, Piedmont Chapter, Sons of the American the Revolution
  • Registrar/Genealogist for Piedmont Chapter SAR (2009-2014)
  • Registrar/Genealogist for SR (2014-2016)
  • Registrar/Genealogist for 1812 (2009-present)
  • Registrar/Genealogist for Founders of North America (2014)
  • Registrar/Genealogist for Colonial Wars (2009-present)

SAR Lecturing Credentials:
  • Member of Toastmasters International.
  • Experienced Speaker specializing in Genealogical Research.
  • Published author
  • Specialty Lecture Topics: Various Genealogy and Revolutionary War topics, can build specific presentations upon request.

Prepared Lectures:
  • Colonial Migration before the Revolution
  • Basics in Genealogy Research
  • Our Traveling Trunk Team

  • Fees: No fees to school, church, veteran, DAR and SAR groups.
  • Travel Range: Preference is within 50 miles of metro-Atlanta.
  • Speaking Conditions: Audio-Visual Equipment – Will need you to provide LCD/Projector that connects to my laptop for display of PowerPoint slides. Microphone/speaker system should be provided if desired if venue is larger.



Biography:
Graduate from Georgia Tech. Career with Westinghouse.

Major SAR Awards:
  • Jack Martin Membership Trophy - 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Liberty Medal - 2014, Oak Leaf Cluster 2019
  • Color Guard Medal - Bronze 2015, Silver 2015, State Honor Color Guard Status 2018
  • Roger Sherman Award - Bronze 2015, Silver 2018, Silver Oak Leaf Cluster 2021, Gold 2021
  • 2016 - Founder of the Mount Vernon Chapter
  • 2016 - Patriot Medal (National Award), Robert Vance, Silver Good Citizenship, Silver Meritorious
  • 2017 - 1st President of the Mount Vernon Chapter
  • GA Society SAR - Treasurer 2019, 2020, 2021
  • GASSAR C.A.R. & DAR Liaison 2021, 2022
  • GASSAR Regional VP - Metro 2023, 2024
  • NSSAR DAR Liaison Committee Chairman 2023
  • Mount Vernon Chapter - 1st President of the Mount Vernon Chapter 2017, Historian 2019, 2020, 2021,2022, 2023

Prepared Lectures:
  • Flags of the Revolutionary War Era
  • Hyam Salomon - 'Financier of the American Revolution'



Biography:
Former marketing lecturer at Kennesaw State University and professional background in pharmaceutical and medical device industry segments of the Healthcare Industry. History reenactor for the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. History buff for the American Revolution, Mexican War, US Civil War, Indian Wars, Spanish American War, Boer War, WWI and WWII. Offices held in Mount Vernon SAR: Vice President (2024) and Registrar (2023).

SAR Awards:
  • SAR Military Service Medal (2022)
  • Hawaii DAR Award for serving during the Vietnam War (2015)

Lecturing Credentials:
  • Twenty-seven years in management training and speaking presentations in my healthcare related career
  • Eighteen years as a lecturer to junior level undergraduate students at Kennesaw State University.

Lecture Topics:   (Can be presented in Colonial Army Uniform upon request, or as appropriate for the topic being presented)
  • "Prelude to the Revolution". I blend a variety of topics based on audience interest relevant to these general areas: Sons of Liberty, guerilla warfare in the South, mounted troops and their use by the patriots, artillery and how it evolved during the war years, changes in tactics by both sides during the war, and music and its impact on the battlefield and off.
  • Specialty Lecture Topics: A variety of topics from colonial times through the Vietnam War era. I can build specific topics upon request.
  • New Lecture Topics – Willing to develop new lectures with sufficient advance preparation available.

  • Fees: No charge to school, church, veteran, DAR, SAR and CAR groups.
  • Travel Range: Preference is within 50 miles of metro-Atlanta.
  • Speaking Conditions: Audio-Visual Equipment – Will need you to provide LCD/Projector and remote that connects to my laptop for display of PowerPoint slides. Microphone/speaker system should be provided if desired if venue is larger.



Military Awards:
  • Meritorious Service Medal w/2 oak leaf clusters
  • Army Commendation Medal w/ oak leaf cluster
  • Army Achievement Award
  • Dept. of the Army Commander’s Award for Community Service

SAR Awards:
  • Military Service Medal
  • Bronze Robert Sherman Medal
  • Robert E. Burt Medal

Boy Scout Leadership Awards:
  • Wood Badge
  • Vigil Honor Member
  • Order of the Arrow
  • Cross and Flame
  • Den Leader Award
  • Scout Leaders Training Award
  • Cubmaster Award
  • Cub Scouter Award
  • Webelos Den Leader

Prepared Lectures:
  • Georgia’s Experience with Magna Carta - A Legal History
  • The Colonial Roots of the Georgia Courts (1733 – 1800)
  • William Clifton, Unsung Father of the Georgia Judiciary

Specialty Lecture Topics:
  • Georgia legal history (especially the Colonial and early statehood period, 1733 to 1800).
  • Impact of Magna Carta in Colonial Georgia.

  • Fees: No fees to school, church, veteran, Scouts, DAR and SAR groups.
  • Travel Range: Preference is within 50 miles of metro-Atlanta. Will consider distant travel if travel expenses are covered.
  • Speaking Conditions: Audio-Visual Equipment -- Will need you to provide LCD/Projector that connects to my laptop for display of PowerPoint slides. Microphone/speaker system should be provided if venue is larger



Biography:
Gene is an honors graduate of Georgia State University and a veteran of the US Navy. He was the recipient of the Ralph McGill Memorial Scholarship and immediately after graduation, worked as a reporter for the Atlanta Constitution. His business career subsequently was centered on advertising, marketing, and general business. He has been a member of the Sons of the American Revolution since 1990. He’s a co-founder of The Boone Society, a member of the Kentucky Historical Society, the Boonesborough Society, the Filson Historical Society, the Order of Kentucky Colonels, and other historical groups.

Awards:
  • SAR War Service Medal
  • Certificate of Appreciation from The Boone Society for serving as co-founder and 1st president.

Specialty Lecture Topics:
  • The Life and History of Daniel Boone
  • Daniel and Rebecca Boone are Gene’s 5th great grandparents, and he has spent many years collecting and studying information about the Boone family and Kentucky history. He has over 70 books on the subject.

  • Fees: No fees to school, church, veteran, Scouts, DAR and SAR groups.
  • Travel Range: Preference is within 50 miles of metro-Atlanta. Will consider distant travel if travel expenses are covered.
  • Speaking Conditions: Audio-Visual Equipment -- I can provide all audio-visual equipment including projector and screen.



David Wellons
Georgia Society SAR Form



Biography:
History buff, particularly in the American Revolution, US Civil War, and in the Pacific in WWII. Offices held in Mount Vernon SAR: President (2023), Vice President (2022), Recording Secretary (2019-2021), Chaplain (2017-2018). Professional background in healthcare and software industries and in business consulting. Founding member of the Mount Vernon SAR Chapter, Dunwoody, Georgia (2016).

Awards:
  • Past President’s Medaland Sash (2024)
  • SAR Distinguished Service Award - 2022
  • SAR Roger Sherman Medal - 2021

Lecture Credentials:
  • Thirty years of public speaking at conferences and doing software presentations in my career.
  • Seven years of Sunday School lessons teaching as substitute, seven years of leading a weekly men’s Bible study.
  • Two years of historic presentations.
  • Presentation to SAR Chapters in 2022 and 2023.

Lecture Topic:   (Can be presented in Colonial Army Uniform upon request)
  • God’s Hand on America – An exploration of the apparent hand of God in the Patriot’s success in the American Revolution, using a discussion of several battles. Or was it just luck?

Specialty or Custom Lecture Topics:
  • Various Revolutionary War and WWII topics, and influence of religion on the founding of America. I can build specific topics upon request.

  • Fees: No fees to school, church, veterans, DAR, SAR and CAR groups.
  • Travel Range: Preference is within 50 miles of metro-Atlanta.
  • Speaking Conditions: Audio-Visual Equipment -- Will need an LCD/Projector that connects to my laptop for display of PowerPoint slides. Microphone/speaker system should be provided if desired if venue room is larger.


What is the Traveling Trunk?
Simply put, it is the SAR's version of a 'Show and Tell of American Revolution History', and is designed for Grade or Middle School children.


One of the most enjoyable methods of communicating our American history with school children is via the "Traveling Trunk". This is a program where members of the SAR, dressed in authentic uniforms, present articles from the Revolutionary War & Colonial period to a group of grade school or middle school students engaged in American History curriculum. Presenters explain what the items are, how they were made and used, and why they are different from today's items. This program is one of the Sons of the American Revolution missions - Assisting schools and teachers to sustain and preserve our history.

Letter to Schools
Here is our Chapter introduction letter to schools: Letter to Educators

Educators in the Sandy Springs/Dunwoody school districts can bring Colonial & Revolutionary War History alive with the Traveling Trunk !

Interested?
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Our Education Chairman will respond as quickly as possible.



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A few Schools Visited
Mount Bethel Elementary School
Atlanta Christian Academy
Cary Reynolds Elementary
Lake Forest Elementary
Holy Innocents Episcopal School
Cherokee Christian School
Macedonia Elementary

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The Traveling Trunk
(For Adult Groups)

Our Speakers Bureau Program is also offered to fellow SAR & DAR Chapters, fellow genealogical or historical societies, Rotary, Kiwanis, or other community service groups that can utilize speakers.

GA Society Form:
Mount Vernon Traveling Trunk




Eagle Scout Certificate of Recognition

The Mount Vernon Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) supports the Scouting America through it’s Eagle Scout program as well as having members who are qualified merit badge counselors for American Heritage, Citizenship in the Nation and Genealogy.

When a Scout has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the Chapter will recognize the Scout by presenting the Scout with a Certificate of Recognition. This Certificate can be presented to the Scout at the Court of Honor ceremony by a member of the Mount Vernon Chapter.


To request a Certificate of Recognition, contact the Mount Vernon Chapter Eagle Scout Committee Chairman. Please provide, the full name of the Scout, the unit number, the date of the Eagle Court of Honor and the name and contact information for the Scoutmaster or Troop Advancement Coordinator. Contact information for the Chapter Chairman is at the bottom of the page.


Chapter Boundaries
The Mount Vernon Chapter serves the Dunwoody, North Atlanta and Sandy Springs communities. On the north our boundary is the Chattahoochee River; on the South & West, it is West Paces Ferry Road; to the East it is the Dunwoody City limits/DeKalb County line.



Arthur M. & Berdena King Eagle Scout Award

In addition to the Eagle Scout Certificate of Achievement, the SAR invites all Eagle Scouts to participate in the Arthur M. & Berdena King Eagle Scout Award program. Scouts enter this contest at the local SAR Chapter level through the Mount Vernon Chapter though in some cases, the competition may be entered at the society level. If they are recognized as the overall Chapter winner, they advance to the Georgia Society SAR contest level with a top prize of $550. If they are the overall winner at State, they are entered into the National SAR Eagle Scout Award contest with a top prize of $10,000!

Eligibility
The Mount Vernon Chapter invites all Eagle Scouts who are currently registered in an active unit and have not reached their nineteenth birthday during the year of application, to participate in the Arthur M. & Berdena King Eagle Scout Award. The application year is the calendar year, January 1 to December 31. Scouts may apply more than one year if he meets the age requirements, but no more than $10,000 total may be granted to any one Eagle Scout. The competition is usually entered at the chapter level, though in some cases, the competition may be entered at the society level.

Interested? Contact Us. Our Scouting Chairman will respond as quickly as possible.
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Examples of our Mission Support

SAR Eagle Scout Certificate of Recognition

Troop 463 in Sandy Springs



JROTC Recognition and Awards

The Mount Vernon Chapter has an awards program for high school students who are enrolled in a Junior Reserve Officer Training Program. Individual awards are for the principle of the "citizen-soldier", exemplified by the Minutemen of Revolutionary War days.

Awards are presented by the Mount Vernon Chapter JROTC Chairman to JROTC cadets in High School for having a high degree of merit with respect to leadership qualities, military bearing, and general excellence. The recipients are selected by the Commanding Officer of the ROTC or JROTC unit, who should be given full latitude in making the selection.

Interested? Contact Us. Our JROTC Chairman will respond as quickly as possible.
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Examples of our Mission Support

SAR JROTC Bronze Medal Presentations

Riverside International Charter School
North Atlanta High School
North Springs High School







Step One: Eligibility for Applications
"Any male shall be eligible for membership in the SAR who is a citizen of good repute in the community; and a lineal descendant of an ancestor who was at all times unfailing in loyalty to and rendered acceptable service in the cause of American Independence. The SAR accepts service rendered, with some exceptions, for the period between April 19, 1775 and November 25, 1783. Membership in the SAR requires documented, acceptable evidence that your ancestor participated in one or more of the following types of service. The patriot ancestor in question must have... "
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