THE COLORADO SOCIETY was admitted into the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution on 1 July 1896, so we celebrated our centennial in 1996. Since 1896 the Colorado Society membership has grown from the 16 Charter Members, with chapters being activated and later closing. At one time in the early 1920's COSSAR had seven chapters and about 350 members. At the close of 2018 the Colorado Society had five chapters with 429 members state-wide.
The Chapters work closely with their respective communities to keep alive the Patriotic ideals for which our ancestors fought and died in the American Revolution. Some of the ways the SAR does this is by awarding Certificates and Medals for Public Service, Displaying the American Flag, Good Citizenship, Scouting, Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC).
Membership also emphasize Family Memberships, in particular the younger applicants under the age of 18 with Junior membership Program. Our youth are the future of the Sons of the American Revolution.
Annually COSSAR recognizes an outstanding Eagle Scout and a recent state winner also placed 2nd in the National Eagle Scout Competition. He was awarded a $4,000 scholarship for his efforts.
COSSAR also maintains close relationships with the Colorado State Society of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and the Colorado State Society of the National Society of the Children of the American Revolution (N.S.C.A.R.). We maintain Liason Committee Chairs as primary contacts with both of these closely allied heritage organizations.
Our Annual State Conference is usually held at a local country club or similar venue in the Denver Metro area on a Saturday in January. Our annual George Washington Luncheon, at which the new state Officers are installed, is on the Saturday before President's Day. A keynote speach is delivered by a prominent patriot, and Eagle Scout scholarships and awards and medals for distiguished police, fire, safety professionals are presented.
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