Williamsburg Chapter and Colonial Williamsburg Produce a Memorable Anniversary of World War I

During Veterans Day, the Williamsburg Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) partnered with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and observed this special day by conducting Wreath-Laying Ceremonies at the Governor's Palace Revolutionary War Cemetery. This event was the best ever as approximately 175 people attended along with many notable veterans including Vietnam veterans Maj.General USA(ret) Craig Boice, Col.USMC(ret) Ron Losee, Capt.(ret) Bud Jensen, and a special WWII veteran, Staff Sgt. Donald Kline.

The following organizations participated during the wreath laying ceremony: Williamsburg and Gov. Thomas Nelson, Jr. Chapters of the SAR, Williamsburg and Comte de Grasse Chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Virginia Society and George Wythe Society of the Children of the American Revolution, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, American Friends of Lafayette, Boy Scout Troop 1932, and the 76th Regiment of Foote Highlanders.

In honoring the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I, Colonel Junius Lynch (portrayed by his great great grandson, John Lynch II) commemorated the arrival and support of American forces in France during the war during a "meeting" with the Marquis de Lafayette thus "Lafayette We Are Here!" and honored the support and courage of our French allies and Marquis de Lafayette during our war for independence. Colonel Junius Lynch was a WWI soldier who graduated from the Medical College of Virginia in 1888 and appointed to be the Surgeon General of the Virginia National Guard in 1910. Dr. Lynch was federalized in August 1917 and spent 18 months in France with the American Expeditionary Force. During the ceremony Col. Lynch (WWI) and Lafayette gave speeches, saluted and then joined hands in friendship.

Ceremonies opened with entry of the Williamsburg Chapter SAR color guard preceded by Colonial Williamsburg fifers and drummer. The SAR annual flag procession of replicas of revolutionary war flags memorialized the 158 patriots who were casualties of the Yorktown Campaign during the American Revolutionary War. These Revolutionary War veterans were treated at the Governor's Palace Hospital (1781) and died of wounds or sickness. The Palace had been converted into a hospital to support the Continental Army during the war. The event ended with Lt.CMDR. Richard Stoud playing "Taps" and Lynn Newcomer playing bagpipes from the rooftop of the Governor's Palace.

Marquis de Lafayette (Mark Schneider, Colonial Williamsburg Nation Builder and actor-interpreter) represented the French Government. Mr. John Lynch II is a physician assistant who traveled the world extensively during a thirty-year career with the Federal Government and is a member of the Williamsburg Chapter SAR.

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