Veterans and "Forgotten Patriots"

Will be honored by the Sons of the American Revolution Veterans Day, November 11, 2017 at 11:00 AM Governor's Palace Revolutionary War Cemetery, Williamsburg

The Williamsburg Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) with the support of Colonial Williamsburg will observe Veterans Day by conducting a Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the Governor's Palace Revolutionary War Cemetery; The following organizations will participate during the wreath laying ceremony: Williamsburg Chapters of the SAR, DAR, Gov. Thomas Nelson Jr. (SAR), Compte de Grasse (DAR), Children of the American Revolution (CAR), Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (CWF), Boy Scout Troop 1932, and ladies of the Amicale-Francophone. The Veterans Day event will begin at 11:00 am on November 11, 2017 and admission is free.

Last year over 300 people attended the ceremony, the largest crowd ever, and Rev. Gowan Pamphlet (portrayed by James Ingram) spoke. This year, we will emphasize and honor our French Allies during the American Revolution. Marquis de Lafayette (portrayed by Mark Schneider, CW) along with ladies from the Americale-Francophone will be featured during our program.

The ceremony honors all veterans past and present along with the 158 "Forgotten Patriots" (156 men and 2 women) buried in unmarked graves in the garden cemetery behind the Palace. A procession of Revolutionary War flags carried by Boy Scouts of Troop 1932, 76th Regiment of Foote, and the Rhode Island African­ American Regiment. Ladies from the Amicale Francophone will represent the French contributions during the Battle of Yorktown.

The SAR continues to memorialize the contributions of all our veterans as well as the "Forgotten Patriots" during the Revolutionary War. "Forgotten Patriots" of the Revolutionary War include women and African Americans who fought for both the British and the Patriots... even though their freedom was not assured. In addition, we want to recognize special wartime veterans such as Major General (U.S.Army, ret.) Craig Boice who is indeed a patriot. His strong patriotism is evident in his Viet Nam war experiences and his long military service to our country. He is the recipient of two Army Commendation Medals with V (for Valor) device, two Bronze Stars, three Silver Stars, the Soldier's Medal, the Distinguished Service Cross and four purple hearts, among others. In addition, he received the Defense Department's highest meritorious medal... the Distinguished Service Medal. He was actually wounded six times in the course of his duty in Viet Nam, but being unwilling to nominate himself for a medal for two of these incidents; he never received the appropriate recognition. Gen. Boice will be recognized during our ceremony as well.

Posted by: Thomas G. Campbell, Williamsburg Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution

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