The NC Society has three members on the State of NC, America 250 Committee:

  1. George Strunk, Chairman and NSAR Committee of Correspondence 
  2. Joe Sam Queen, Co-Chairman
  3. Napoleon Carter, Co-Chairman

If you would like to participate on the NC SAR Committee, contact George at

All Chapters are encouraged to visit the National 250th Committee site at: SAR 250th Committee News.pdf (connecticutsar.org) for pertinent news, anduse the above National SAR 250th logo on all programs leading up to and including the 250th Anniversary Commemorations. We are awaiting guidance from the State of NC to incorporate their 250NC logo as well.

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A message from President General Davis Lee Wright. The following is an excerpt from PG’s address at Congress 2021 in Tacoma, Washington. 

PG Wright Outlines how the SAR Will Focus on the Upcoming 250th Anniversary of the American Revolution

Fellow Compatriots,

In the lead up to my election as PG, many compatriots ask what the SAR’s marching orders would be for my term. At Congress, I had the opportunity to briefly preview my plans to the council Presidents general, the Council Vice President’s General, the Council of State Presidents, and several committee chairs. Now, I am pleased to let everyone know that the general marching orders for the SAR will focus on the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution. But what does that mean?

Other organizations are counting down to July 4, 2026. While July 4, 2026, will be in essential celebration for the SAR, celebrating that singular event is not our charge. Our charge is for a broader in scope and much longer in time; it is not a short term or one time project. Our mission is to plan – and execute – a celebration of our Patriot ancestors and the entirety of their contributions to the United States. Our Patriot ancestors struggled and rebelled for over a decade end and actively engaged in open warfare for eight years – to guarantee or liberty.

We owe them nothing less. Our mission, therefore, is to celebrate and commemorate the entirety of the American Revolutionary period from the 250th Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party in 2023 to the 250th anniversary of British Army’s departure from New York City in 2033.

As we look forward to the year ahead, I believe the pandemic has provided the National Society with a solid foundation that we can leverage to develop and execute this mission. The pandemic taught us to be flexible; it accelerated the adoption of new technologies. However, we must adapt again as the world emerges from the pandemic but continues to use visual electronic communication technologies. While Zoom is no substitute for face-to-face contact, let alone the experience of standing on battlefields, State House, home fronts, and camps where the American revolution took place or in the cemeteries where we remember our ancestors sacrifices and honor their legacies, we must continue to develop ways to bring these events to our compatriots and the public no matter where they are located.

I look forward to joining you for many of these events, and I challenge you to ensure that these events include our revolutionary war related organizations so that we can deliver on our shared mission to educate the public on our history and the ideals that have shaped our nation.

The 250th Anniversary will be the best opportunity this society has to capture the American people’s attention and attract and retain new members. Our focus must be on educating the public-and our perspective membership Dash on the importance of the American Revolution and why we must continue to celebrate the accomplishments of our Patriot ancestors. We are uniquely qualified to educate the public about the individuals who fought, struggled, and suffered for – and ultimately prevailed in gaining – liberty and independence. These individuals are our ancestors; it is our responsibility to tell their stories.
During the coming year, we will evaluate our current programs and newly develop programs by following: how does the program educate the public of our ancestors’ decade long struggle for independence? How does this program engage the public? How does the program contribute to membership growth? And most importantly, how will this program advance or commemoration of the 250th Anniversary of the American Revolution?

Some of this work has already started. Specifically, I have asked the council of youth awards to evaluate and recommend changes to the applications and contest criteria used for various use the word programs to discuss the 250th anniversary. The 250th Anniversary committee is tasked with developing or enhancing partnerships with the DAR, the CAR, the American Battlefield Trust, the National Park Service, and other Revolutionary War-related organizations to develop joint programs that will help promote the American Revolutionary period. The communications committee has been tasked with developing press releases and other information materials that can be provided quickly and published by a State Society or a chapter regarding various topics related to the American revolution and the 250th anniversary. The Americanism Committee and the Historic Sites in Celebrations subcommittee will be tasked with developing ways to engage the public at our commemorations and celebrations and reevaluate the Americanism report to prioritize public engagement. I am aware that many of our national committees State Societies, and Chapters have already thought about how they would commemorate the American revolution or are actively managing several public commemorations. Now is the time to turn thoughts into action. Now is the time for all compatriots to get excited about the 250th anniversary, to renew our commitment to your patriot ancestor and the SAR, and to determine how you can contribute to the SARs efforts to celebrate this important date.

President General Davis Lee Wright

From the desk of the committee chair…

Compatriots,

The time is now.  We, in the SAR, must now form our committees to be ready to celebrate and commemorate the 250thanniversary of the founding of the United States.  Many say we are five years out from what the nation will celebrate, Independence Day 2026. We too will celebrate that, and so much more, as we are the Sons of the American Revolution, which is celebrating the anniversary from the Stamp Act to the Treaty of Paris, in 2033.
It is a celebration of a people and their history, culture and traditions. It is a celebration of our roots, detailed in three great documents upon which the hopes, the aspirations and the future of our country rest: The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights; and all of the trials and tribulations that the people went through to get these documents, including a Revolutionary War.
It is a time that we coordinate, and facilitate events, programs and projects of local, state, national and international significance. The 250th Anniversary is not an original 13 Colony event, it is to be celebrated all throughout our nation. There are many opportunities for all of us to celebrate, whether it be at a battlefield, or an educational program in your local community.
We seek to remember our form of Government, our Founding Fathers, our forgotten people, the places and things of the past, and most important, our freedoms.
PG Davis Wright has made the 250th Anniversary a main item of his year.  We are pleased with this as a working committee. We also desire more from the State Societies and Chapters. To assist in this, we have set up four internal subcommittees.

You will see much more from them in reports from the Committee of Correspondence. We are working hard for an online presence to easily see programs and events, and to share what you are doing around the country.

Thank you for stepping up and supporting the America 250 SAR.

Yours in History,

Cliff Olsen,
Chairman
America 250 SAR
573-634-8200

Click here to email committee chair, Cliff Olsen

America250 Foundation Welcomes 18 State Partners
Eighteen states have created commissions to join in the America250 effort to mark America’s 250th Anniversary of independence on July 4, 2026. The states are: Alabama, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. Three states – Kansas, New York, and Wisconsin – are in the process of commission formation. For the full story, click here. SAR State Societies should be actively engaged in their state commissions and in lobbying efforts to create state commissions. For more information on how your state society can engage, contact the SAR American Battlefield Trust Liaison, American250 Committee Vice Chair, Roger S. Williams, 

Watson Coleman, Toomey Introduce Semiquincentennial Commemorative Coin Act

Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D. NJ 12th), announced H.R. 4429 Semiquincentennial Commemorative Coin Act. This act would direct the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the establishment of the United States As a member of the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission (USSC), Congresswoman Watson Coleman is working to prepare the nation for the commemoration of this historic milestone with national programs and signature projects. Senator Pat Toomey, R-PA, also a member of the USSC, has introduced S 2384. Full story click here.

Articles Requested for the Council of State Presidents Newsletter

The 2021 Fall Council of State Presidents Newsletter is now requesting article submissions for publication.

Submissions can come as a “finished” article, or you can send me info to Dr. John Fulwider,  Secretary, CoSP 2021, and he will format the article for you. You will be cited as the person submitting the information.

Something new will be a request for pictures that specifically relate to the mission of the CoSP, or further the interest in our committee. Articles relating to SAR250 will be very helpful, and what your state is doing.  As you may be aware, there has been a reorganization of the NSSAR Committee structures by PG Davis that streamlines committee reporting and the implementing of “Sub-Committees” into fewer overall committees. This reorganization should make communications between all committees flow faster and be more informative to the NSSAR as a whole.

If you are very busy, can you ask someone on your committee to write an article.  It is very important that we all hear from everyone that can help our state presidents, and their compatriots.  Information is a valuable asset that generates energy for us all.

Programs
Patriot Sons & Daughters
The Sons of the American Revolution have made a diligent effort to locate and mark the graves of those Patriots who served in the American Revolution. However, this work is only the beginning of the American Patriot story. This story continues with the sons and daughters of those brave Americans as both Patriots and their children moved across North America to settle the frontier of the Western Reserve; forging west across the Mississippi and into the uncharted Louisiana wilderness to settle and fully establish our new nation. The legacy of our Patriots continues today as we recognize the value of their many descendants in establishing the towns and villages that would grow into the organized states that lay to the west.

Many communities, states and organizations were founded by these Patriot Sons & Daughters and by highlighting them, we acknowledge our Patriot Ancestors as we hold ceremonies to commemorate their Sons and Daughters, bringing attention to SAR National and the 250th Anniversary of the founding of America.  Each time a grave is marked, the history of our Patriot Ancestor will be included in the ceremony, once again highlighting the importance of our founding generation.

As part of the America 250 SAR Committee program, these events will facilitate a connection with the youth we educate that will inspire them to learn more about our Patriot Ancestors and their Patriot Sons and Daughters. Grave medallions will be presented as part of a ceremony honoring our Patriot Ancestor.
To honor the contributions of the countless men and women descended from Patriots who, by their strength, determination and resilience helped establish the “new frontier” of the American west of the Mississippi River.  The America 250 SAR Committee seeks to place grave markers on the graves of sons, grandsons, daughters and granddaughters of our Patriot Ancestors to recognize their contributions to our great nation and to link them to their Patriot Ancestors.  The application must include the Patriot Lineage and Biography used at the presentation ceremony and other information confirming proper Patriot Ancestor recognition during the ceremony and other information about the presenting chapter.  The America 250 SAR Committee offers (at sar.org merchandise) a simple three inch circular bronze marker with the SAR wreath and Maltese Cross in the center, surrounded by the words: Sons of the American Revolution around the top and Patriot Sons and Daughters around the bottom.  The America 250 SAR created this program so that you will have the opportunity to celebrate our Patriot Ancestors by recognizing their Patriot Sons and Daughters.

For more information, contact: Howard Fisk  continues to be the Vice Chairman of Programs.

“Flags for Freedom”
TNSSAR Immediate Past-President Mark Norris (L) presented America 250 Chair Cliff Olsen (R) the official America 250 Flag during Olsen’s recent visit to Tennessee. (TNSSAR) The Tennessee Society has launched its first America 250 project, “Flags for Freedom” – donating American Flags to public schools across the state.

As part of the statutory provision that all public schools instruct pupils in “the uses, purposes and methods of displaying the American flag and other patriotic emblems, and the history and usage of the pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States of America,” Tennessee law requires recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in every classroom “where a flag is displayed” each day. We have found some classrooms no longer have American Flags in each classroom.

Patriotic organizations (like the SAR) are encouraged to donate flags to schools to make this a reality. TNSSAR is surveying school districts to determine how many flags are needed to make certain there is one in each classroom in every school in every district across the State of Tennessee. Over 800 flags have been requested so far, but we anticipate thousands may be needed. We will personally deliver the flags beginning later this year along with our America 250 message of history and patriotism.

Other state chapters are encouraged to see whether similar opportunities may exist in their states as we anticipate and commemorate the forthcoming 250th Anniversary. To order flags, you can click on the links in the merchandise section below. 

(MOSSAR) The Ozark Mountain Chapterdedicated the Nathanael Greene Liberty Tree and monument which was a gift to Greene County from the Ozark Mountain Chapter. It was also a celebration of the 200th Anniversary of Missouri Statehood and th 250th Anniversary.
Merchandise
Click here to order OUTDOOR 250 Anniversary flags at SAR.org
Click here to order INDOOR 250 Anniversary flags at SAR.org
To order bulk quantity for the official America250 SAR lapel pins,
contact the CTSSAR at this link
This is the committee news of the NSSAR America 250 SAR Committee, Cliff Olsen, Chair.
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