Our chapter was chartered in 1995, and has been very active since the start. Geographically we represent Colorado from the Denver Metro Area north to the Wyoming state line. The bulk of our membership stretches from Greeley west through Loveland and Ft. Collins. We do have several members residing in Longmont and through the northern suburbs of Westminster, Louisville, Boulder and into the foothills.
We have a mixed age group of members from retired, active military, to those working "regular" jobs. Additionally, we have seven Junior members (under 18 years old). Each of us shares a passion for Patriotism, Education, Participation, and Genealogy.
We are the most active chapter in the state of Colorado with meetings, service projects at the Veterans Plaza in Ft. Collins, and other events - eleven times in 2016. Recently eight of us marched in "The 4th in Firestone" parade. We won the First Place Award for Best Patriotic Unit. In addition to parades we honor Eagle Scouts, ROTC & JROTC Cadets (21 in 2016), and organizations for proper display of the American Flag. Lastly, we actively visit schools and groups presenting "The SAR Patriot Chest" program (1 time in 2018/35 times in 2017/35 times in 2016).
We have grown so much in the past three years that we outgrew our meeting place in Loveland, and have relocated to the Johnson's Corner restaurant toward Loveland (Exit #254 on I-25) for the remainder of 2017.
Please reach out to any of our officers to answer any questions on how to visit and become involved.
Patriotically, George Smith, President 2018
2018 Chapter Officers and Contacts
George Smith, President - email@example.com
Lou DaHarb, Vice President - firstname.lastname@example.org
Christopher Kay, Recording Secretary - email@example.com
H.J. Payne, Treasurer - firstname.lastname@example.org
Denny Hopper, Registrar - email@example.com
Jan Housley, Historian - firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Chairman [Open]
James Mize, Eagle Scout Chair - email@example.com
Rick Clark, Web Page Tech - firstname.lastname@example.org
Chapter Contact: George Smith / 303-880-1253
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Pledge Of Allegiance
I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it Stands, One Nation under God, Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for All.
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, both foreign and domestic.
Until we meet again, let us remember our obligations to our fore-fathers who gave us our Constitution, The Bill of Rights, and Independent Supreme Court, and a Nation of Free Men.
SAR INSIGNIA [Click image for SAR WEBSITE]
Our SAR's insignia is steeped in historical significance, as related in this scholarly account by Compatriot Duane L. C. M. Galles. Most SAR members are familiar with the insignia found on the membership badge of the Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. Few perhaps are familiar with the history and significance which underlie it. The insignia is not only one of the most beautiful of American hereditary societies; it is also one of the most steeped with history and replete with significance. The insignia was designed in the very early days of the Society by Major Goldsmith Bernard West, Vice-President of the Alabama SAR. The insignia consists of a cross of eight points suspended by an eagle. The cross is of white enamel and has four arms and eight points, each point being decorated with a gold head. Its source is the cross of the ancient chivalric Order of St. Louis, founded by Luis XIV in 1693.
The cross of the Order of St. Louis is identical to the SAR cross except in three details. The central medallion of the SAR symbol bears the image of Washington rather than that of St. Louis; the medallion is surrounded by the SAR Latin motto “Libertas et Patria” or “Liberty and Country,” rather than the military order’s motto “Bellicae Virtutis Praemium” or “The Reward for Virtue is War;” and the angles between the arms of the cross lack the French fleur de lis. Instead, the SAR surrounds the cross with the laurel wreath of republican victory.
Also distinctly American is the eagle which suspends from the cross. Badges and insignias of European orders had used a trophy (a war helmet), a wreath, or a gold loop to symbolize their chivalric purposes. But the purpose of the SAR was not chivalry, but patriotism. Hence, the SAR appropriately adopted the eagle which the Society of the Cincinnati had previous selected for their insignia. The SAR was conceived to mirror the Society of the Cincinnati, though open to all sons of Revolutionary sires without regard to primogeniture. All of these choices and historical influences produced a uniquely American symbol.
2018 Calendar of Events
*No regular meetings, but SPECIAL EVENT(S) may be scheduled
Meetings will be held at the Conference Room at Johnson's Corner from 11:30am to 2:30pm unless specified otherwise.
7:30am every Saturday at the Golden Corral in Loveland PAMVETS (Proud American Veterans) meet to pay respects to VETS through the ages.
Our Honored Guests for today were David and Shirley who have been presenting interpretive reenactments since 1969. Today David shared information regarding the "Missippi Saints" and their journey as the Mormon Battalion to augment the Army of the West during the late 1840s. His main focus was on parts of the journey that brought them in, and around, the area through Colorado along what is known today is I-25.
One male Mormon had traveled 4,000 miles in 2 years
Created over 400 miles of wagon trails thru Arizona
Even though they were an Army unit, they had to live off of the land their entire journey
Mormon women of the time traded household remedies like use of horse manure to help prevent chapped lips
December 8, 2012, Sharon Danhauer - Loveland Historical Society
Chapter's September 2011 Meeting
James Barker, commander of the Sons of Union Veterans (program speaker)
Newest chapter members being introduced - left to right - Compatriot George Smith, new members Dennis Hopper & Larry Stumpp, Compatriot Tom Brown
Chapter's October 2010 Meeting
Compatriots Joe Summers (left), George Smith, & Jan Housley
Marilyn Fishburn as "Abigail Adams"
PEARL HARBOR SURVIVORS ASSOCIATION VISITS THE SONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
March 2009 - Washington State Pearl Harbor Survivor Association Member, Donald Green, spoke to the Longs Peak Chapter of his experience during the December 7, 1941 attack by Japanese forces on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Don served aboard the USS Pyro AE-1 (ammunition ship) during this attack.
In December of 1776, General George Washington and General Nathanael Greene were headquartered in Pennsylvania near the Deleware River. At this place General Greene ordered that a rising sun be painted over the fireplace mantle within his headquarters. Days later, on Christmas night of 1776, American troops crossed the Deleware River and secured the beginnings of America's freedom at the battles of Trenton and Princeton, New Jersey.
On December 7, 1941, the rising sun, painted upon enemy military aircraft, appeared over the shores of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The endurance of these survivors through the attack upon Pearl Harbor, and their crossing of the Pacific waters in victory during World War II helped to secure America's continued freedom. - Jon SInatra, 2009 President
"They fought together as brothers in arms; they died together and now they sleep side by side...To them, we have a solemn obligation - the obligation to ensure that their sacrifice will help make this a better and safer world in which to live." - Fleet Admiral C.W. Nimitz Commander in Chief of Pacific Forces WWII
LPC President Jon Sinatra, presents award to Survivor Donald Green, for his presentation.
April 2009 - In period dress, Longs Peak Chapter Vice President, Jan Housley, gave a presentation regarding the American Revolution. Vice President Housley, also received the National Society Sons of the American Revolution Military Service Medal for his service in Southeast Asia. Also at this meeting, LPC guest news reporter John Karr, provided a COSSAR/LPC write up in the north area news. Please click photo to enlarge image
Westminster Armed Forces Memorial Garden
The 2008 & 2009, Westminster Armed Forces Memorial Garden brick dedication for the Longs Peak Chapter and Longs Peak Chapter Member, William (Bill) Barnard.
Etched in stone for the ages, the Longs Peak Chapter/SAR and Bill Barnard's stones, proudly shine within the United States Merchant Marine area of this memorial garden. In 1945, Bill enlisted in the Merchant Marines and served aboard an auxillary ship in the Okinawa campaign during WWII. click on photo to enlarge image
September 2009 - Longs Peak Chapter Member William Crowley, in period dress, gave a presentation regarding 19th century Forts. Bill described the efforts of Colorado pioneer's that shaped Northern Colorado during this time.
Longs Peak Chapter/COSSAR Color Guard and DAR & CAR Members
Cheyenne Frontier Days Parade
Jul 21, 2007 - Members of the color guard from both the Longs and Pikes Peak chapters of the Colorado Society of the Sons of the American Revolution prepare to march with the Northern Colorado Fife and Drum in the Cheyenne Frontier Days parade on Saturday, July 21, 2007. The entire party was well received by viewers along the one and a half mile parade route as the Fife and Drum played marching tunes of the colonial period. Afterwards, SAR members participated with the Fife and Drum in black powder firing demonstrations with the public nearby at the Fort Russell encampment hosted by and on Warren Air Force Base. The entire day was great fun for all. For more information about the Northern Colorado Fife and Drum Corps, click on the photo (left) to watch their video.