122nd National Congress – Phoenix
President General Magerkurth and his wife join Color Guard Commander Tomme to review the Color Guard at the 122nd National Congress held in Phoenix, Arizona July 7 – 11.
The Center for the Advancement of American Heritage second phase was approved with construction to begin later this year and to be completed by the 124th National Congress in Louisville in 2015. Construction was made possible by a generous contribution of $1.5 million from a member of the SAR Foundation.
Operation Ancestor Search (OAS) received special recognition at the Congress. OAS is the NSSAR’s new patriotic program that provides genealogy training and assistance to our nation’s injured military service members. OAS utilizes SAR Compatriots’ genealogy knowledge and experience to assist wounded service members to learn about their family history and teach them basic genealogy skills. The program is currently active at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., and the Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.
OAS provides injured service members with the knowledge and tools that allow them to conduct their genealogy research as they recover from their injuries. SAR volunteers provide genealogy training classes, work sessions and individual assistance to the OAS participants at the military hospitals. A key aspect of the program is the ability to offer genealogy resources to the injured service members and Ancestry.com has generously provided access to its online databases for the participants’ use.
Spain’s contribution to American Independence was also highlighted during the Congress. In the last year the Spanish Government provided a list to the SAR of the Spanish soldiers and sailors who participated with General Bernardo Galvez in support of the American Revolution. Supplies and men were transported from the Port of New Orleans north along the Mississippi River.
With over 225 delegates and 175 guests the Congress celebrated the growing success of the National Society and Centennial of Arizona’s Statehood. Yes, it was hot – the reported temperature Tuesday afternoon was 113.