Christmas Tree Lighting on the Lebanon Green with members of the Connecticut Line Color Guard at the Gov. Trumbull War Office

The event included the lighting of the tree, Christmas Carols, and a visit from Santa. Following the program, visitors were able to stroll around the Green on the candlelit walking path, visit the historic homes which were open for tours and enjoy the bonfire behind the Library.

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Veterans Day 2017 in Torrington with members of the Wolcott Branch

Members of the Gov. Oliver Wolcott, Sr. Branch participated with various other patriotic and military organizations in a Veterans Day program by placing wreaths to honor our veterans. Color Guard members, Jim Klaneski and Jon King, represented the SAR at the ceremony which was held at Coe Park in Torrington, Connecticut on November 11, 2017. The Torrington Veterans Support Committee organizes this ceremony annually.

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Nathan Hale Award Presentation at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy on Saturday September 30, 2017

The CT-SAR established the Nathan Hale Award in the Fall of 2015. It is a cash award given to a cadet who excels in Security Studies. Providing the award is a way of recognizing the USCGA as the only service academy in Connecticut and thanking them for their continuing support of the CT-SAR by having cadets participate in our annual fall cleanup at the Nathan Hale School House in East Haddam. Naming the award after Nathan Hale is appropriate since the USCGA is in New London, one of the two locations where he taught. Presenting the award to a cadet who excels in Security Studies connects to Nathan Hale’s role as a spy. The award is presented at the USCGA’s Parents’ Weekend Fall Awards Ceremony. The recipient for this year was 1st Class Cadet Andrew Brown. Fall Cleanup East Haddam – Nathan Hale School House – 10am to 4pm – Sunday October 22, 2017

Photo caption: From left, USCGA Superintendent Rear Admiral James Rendon, First Class Cadet Andrew Brown and CT-SAR Real Property Steward Dave Packard

The day began with a Corps of Cadets Reception in Hamilton Hall, followed by a Review of the Corps of Cadets and then the Awards Ceremony on the Washington Parade Field

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Connecticut SAR/DAR hosted a joint Grave Marking in Stratford on Saturday August 26, 2017

SAR State President Ethan A. Stewart, Sr. (l) and DAR State Regent Alice E. Ridgway (r) hosted a joint grave marking ceremony at the Christ Episcopal Church cemetery for 18 revolutionary war patriots buried there. Mayor John A. Harkins (c) of Stratford read proclamations for the effort put fore by both organizations. Following a speech by Connecticut SAR 1st VP Damien Cregeau on patriot and signer of the U.S. Constitution William Samuel Johnson, a wreath was laid at the head of the new SAR/DAR marker unveiled earlier that day. The Connecticut Line / Living History unit and the 6th Connecticut Regiment did a combined 3 volley musket salute and Connecticut State Troubadour Tom Callinan performed Taps. Following the event, the Episcopal Church provided refreshments in their church hall next door for the crowd of about 150 people present. Please enjoy the program, pictures and videos listed below…

Grave marking program
Grave marking ceremony pictures
Johnson Family Ballad by Tom Callinan video
Speech on the life of William Samuel Johnson – signer of the US Constitution by Damien Cregeau video
Musket salute volley #1 video1
Musket salute volley #2 video2
Musket salute volley #3 video3
Playing of Taps by Tom Callinan video

Gen. David Humphreys Branch – Headstone Restoration Project

Raising the obelisk pictures
Headstone restoration pictures
Removal of tree stump with headstone pictures
Restoration Donation Go Fund Me Link

With Special Thanks to Columbia University for their very generous donation of $10,000

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SAR Flag certificate presented to the Keeler Tavern Museum in Ridgefield – 12 June 2017

State awards chairmen Dave Perkins presented the SAR Flag certificate on behalf of the Connecticut SAR to Hilary Micalizzi, President of the Keeler Tavern Museum in Ridgefield on Sunday June 12th. Also present was Sara Champion of the DAR Drum Hill Chapter, who is a member of the board of directors for the museum. The Keeler Tavern was a major host during the recent Battle of Ridgefield reenactment in April.

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NSSAR Alexander Hamilton Award – 16 May 2017

1/C Frederick M. Scott V was presented with the Alexander Hamilton Award by Wayne Mallar, Vice President-General for the New England district. Fred was a member of the Glee Club, was class President for 2 years. He also had 10 members of his family including his fiance there the awards ceremony and graduation on Wednesday. They live in Southborough, Massachusetts. Fred’s first duty station is in Boston, followed by duty in Panama Canal and Columbia. State President Ethan Stewart along with past VPG Doug Wood attended the awards ceremony.

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240th Anniversary of the Battle of Ridgefield – April 27, 1777

The Connecticut Line took part in the re-enactment along Main Street in Ridgefield on Saturday April 29th. With about 100 American and British soldiers in total, the battle was a huge success. The sponsor of the event was Jerusalem Masonic Lodge #49 of Ridgefield. The links below with take you to pictures & videos & news of the battle:
CTSSAR Pictures & Video
Keeler Tavern
Danbury Newstimes
You tube video – Battle of Ridgefield

Photos: Barbara Stewart, DAR

Participating Blue Star Museum