Sons of the American Revolution, Ohio Society Activities

Northeastern Ohio Chapter SAR Attends Vigil at Washington’s Tomb


NEO Color Guardsmen at Washington’s Tomb. L to R: John Opre; Tim Ward; Troy Bailey; Jim Pildner; and Dan Matheke.

On September 19th, 2015, five members of the Northeastern Ohio Chapter Sons of the American Revolution traveled to Mount Vernon, Virginia, where they participated with the National Society SAR Color Guard in a day-long vigil at the Tomb of George and Martha Washington. John Opre, Tim Ward, Troy Bailey, Jim Pildner, and Dan Matheke participated in the watch which began at 9:00 am, and continued in 30 minute shifts until 5:30 pm. While there, the guardsmen were able to tour much of the historic site.

On their journey to Mount Vernon, four of the members stopped at the Fort Necessity National Battlefield in Farmington, Pennsylvania.   The group participated in a guided tour with a U.S. Park Ranger.  This National Park serves to commemorate the battle which took place there on July 3, 1754.  An early battle of the French and Indian War, it resulted in the surrender of British colonial forces, under Colonel George Washington, to French and Indian forces.  The group also stopped at the grave of Major General Edward Braddock at Jumonville Glen, where the first battle of the French and Indian War occurred.

On the return leg of the trip, the group visited Washington DC, seeing many of the buildings and monuments along the way.


Visiting Fort Necessity. L to R: Dan Matheke; Troy Bailey; Tim Ward; and Jim Pildner.


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