The Sons of the American Revolution
February 14, 2002
Robert Moody, President of the Lake-Sumter Chapter
After our regular meeting, Robert H. Moody, President of the Lake-Sumter Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution presented a program to introduce the membership to the SAR. Two of our members are also members of the SAR. He presented the goals of the SAR as follows: (copied from the SAR site to insure accuracy).
The purposes and objects of [this] corporation are declared to be patriotic, historical, and educational, and shall include those intended or designed to perpetuate the memory of the men who, by their services or sacrifices during the war of the American Revolution, achieved the independence of the American people.
Bob explained the requirements for membership are that an ancestor be instrumental in the War of Independence, not necessarily be a member of a militia unit. Many of our members had indicated that they had ancestors that had served in the Revolution.
He explained how the SAR meets the goals of "patriotic, historical and educational". The SAR supports patriotic pagaentry, re-enactments and displaying of the flag, provides a library at its headquarters in Louisville, KY and sponsors essay contests and other educational activities.
In order to achieve membership, one has to prove his descent from a person who was instrumental in the Revolutionary War. The easiest way, of course, is to find a relative who is a member and use what he has done adding only your relationship from your common ancestor. Birth and death certificates may be required. Other acceptable information may include published books, and SAR and DAR submitted genealogies. Record copies available from the SAR or DAR are required. Anyone interested should contact him or either of our SAR members for information and an application form.
The background photo is from the Annual Colonial Muster, Sept. 30, 2000 at Longfellow's Wayside Inn, Sudbury, Massachusetts.