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In memory of our compatriots Louis Segaloff, Joe Tafolla, Ken Whitley,
and Everett Delashmutt
The Sons of the American Revolution is a fraternal organization whose members are hereditary descendants of the patriots who served during our Revolutionary War and who helped to establish these United States of America. The mission of the William Hightower Chapter, like all other chapters, is to perpetuate the memory of our patriotic ancestors who served and sacrificed during the Revolutionary War and to promote a deeper and more profound understanding by our communities for the principles of government established by our forefathers. We therefore promote historical research, preserve documents pertaining to the revolution, provide records and services about the revolution, preserve relics, landmarks, and mark the final resting place of its' heroes. Also, it is our mission to promote patriotism and to recognize, salute, and celebrate the anniversaries of revolutionary events. Finally, we are the descendants of those ancestor patriots and pay honor to them by following the purposes expressed in the preamble of the constitution of our country; and recognize the wisdom and significance of the injunctions given by President George Washington in his farewell address to the American people. Dr. Patrick Donegan Hollis
The Origins of the SAR
In 1876 there were many celebrations to commemorate the centennial of the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. As part of this patriotic fervor, a group of men in the San Francisco, California, area who were descendants of patriots involved in the American Revolution, formed an organization called the Sons of Revolutionary Sires. Their objective was to have a fraternal and civic society to salute those men and women who pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to the battle for independence from Great Britain. They desired to keep alive their ancestors' story of patriotism and courage in the belief that it is a universal one of man's struggle against tyranny -- a story which would inspire and sustain succeeding generations when they would have to defend and extend our freedoms.
Out of the Sires grew the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, which was organized on April 30, 1889 -- the 100th anniversary of the inauguration of George Washington as our nation's first President. We have used the acronym SAR to identify ourselves for over 100 years. The SAR was conceived as a fraternal and civic society composed of lineal descendants of the men who wintered at Valley Forge, signed the Declaration of Independence, fought in the battles of the American Revolution, served in the Continental Congress, or otherwise supported the cause of American Independence. The National Society was chartered by an Act of the United States Congress on June 9, 1906. The charter was signed by President Theodore Roosevelt, who was a member of the SAR. The charter authorizes the granting of charters to societies of the various states and territories and authorizes the state societies to charter chapters within their borders.
George Washington's Prayer for His Country
Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion: from pride and arrogance and from every evil way. Defend our liberties and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those whom in Thy name we entrust the authority of government, that there will be peace and justice at home, and that through obedience to Thy law, we may show forth Thy praise among the nations of the earth. Amen
"Liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker. But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood." John Adams, 1765
"The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest. Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail." Thomas Jefferson, 1775