These pictures illustrate the SAR San Diego Chapter’s participation in activities at events that celebrate our Nation’s heritage. Most recent events are listed first.
2017 Cabrillo Landing Reinactment
The 54th Annual Cabrillo Festival was held on September 30, 2017 at Naval Base Point Loma. The annual festival celebrates the September 28, 1542 arrival of Juan Rodríquez Cabrillo aboard the San Salvador to “an enclosed harbor which was very good”. Cabrillo named it San Miguel. We know it today as San Diego. The landing is believed to have occurred at Ballast Point.
Juan Rodríquez Cabrillo was born in Palma de Micer Gilio (today Palma del Rio), Cordova, Spain. Sailing under an order by the Spanish King, Cabrillo led the first European expedition to explore what is now the west coast of the United States. His landing in San Diego Bay occurred 78 years before the Mayflower arrived at Cape Cod on the east coast of the United States.
A San Diego SAR Chapter display was manned by Chapter President Fred Hall, Color Guard Commander Ernest McCullough, and Compatriots Robert Smith and Philip Hinshaw. The display attracted many of the festival attendees, and several of them inquired about SAR membership qualifications.
The display was located near the House of Spain paella food court. The Cabrillo Festival is one of the three annual events that the San Diego Chapter celebrates in conjunction with the House of Spain. The other events are the annual Battle of San Diego Bay celebration, and the 4th of July celebration in Balboa Park.
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2017 Constitution Week at Admiral Baker
On September 23nd over 30 SAR San Diego Chapter members, plus its Color Guard joined all San Diego DAR Chapters for a luncheon to celebrate Constitution Week at the Admiral Baker Clubhouse. In addition to the wonderful comraderie, we had the opportunity to watch noted actor, Ian Ruskin portray the noted Patriot Thomas Paine. Click here to view pictures from the event taken by Susan Mattern.
2017 Constitution Week at Grossmont Community College
Grossmont Community College conducts a week-long Constitution Week Celebration each year. During the week of September 17, the curriculum of the History and Political Science classes includes lectures and discussions about the adoption and meaning of the Constitution with an emphasis on the Bill of Rights.
At the Student Activities Department table in the Student Commons area students pass out copies of the Constitution to anyone interested in receiving one (photo on the left), and construct a Free Speech Wall (photo on the right) where students are free to express themselves on any subject of interest to them. During the past several years, San Diego SAR has been invited to set up a flag display and present information about SAR’s history, goals and activities during the noontime period on one day during the week.
This year, Ernest McCullough, Color Guard Commander, and Skip Cox, Color Guardsman, manned the table and presented information about SAR and handed out copies of the Constitution to everyone that visited the SAR table and flag display.
August 2017 Monthly Chapter Meeting
In the picture to the far left are Sheridan Hall (left) son of Chapter President Fred Hall and grandson Patrick Hall (center) immediately after Fred Hall (right) inducted them as members of the San Diego Chapter.
The picture in the middle is Leonard Armstrong being inducted by Chapter President, Fred Hall.
The picture to the right is Lenard Thompson receiving the War Medal from Fred Hall and Barry Key, 1st VP for having served in combat during the Viet Nam War.
The meeting program was an inspiring presentation by Renee Cavanaugh of the Coronado Unified School District discussing her trips to Revolutionary War sites and the impact they have had on her teaching. She brought materials she uses to help promote participation in the SAR San Diego Chapter Poster Contest and encouraged all members to get the word out regarding SAR programs.
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Bennington Commemoration July 22, 2017
The San Diego Chapter SAR Color Guard participated in the annual USS Bennington (PG-4) Memorial Service at Fort Rosecrans National Ceremony. The photo to the left shows Color Guard members Rev. Dr. Stan DeLong, Bob Hayden, Richard Palmer and Philip Hinshaw. The photo to the right shows the wreath placed at the monument to those who perished on that date.
Coronado Fourth of July Parade
The San Diego Chapter assembled the morning of July Fourth to take its place in the Coronado Fourth of July parade; one of the largest in the San Diego Area. The Presidio Hill Chapter of the CAR arrived to carry the banner and flag. Mark & Patty Olson and their CAR children led the parade, marching with flag carrier George Biles.
Color guard commander Ernie McCullough had Bob Hayden, Dennis Cushman on drums and Debbie Cushman on fife. Skip Cox drove his vintage 1936 Mercedes and Ed Torrence drove the 1966 Lincoln 4-door convertible with President Fred Hall and First Lady Bonnie Hall. The San Diego Chapter S.A.R won a 3rd place ribbon for its efforts!!! Thanks to everyone who showed up and participated.
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Fourth of July at Casa de España
The San Diego Chapter assisted Casa de España in San Diego’s Balboa Park celebrate American Independence during their 8th annual July 4th event. In 2010, members of the Casa de España decided to host this annual educational event to inform park visitors about Spain’s role in assisting the American colonists gain their independence. The impetus for their decision to celebrate the 4th of July was their participation in the CASSAR dedication of a plaque in Presidio Park commemorating the financial contribution of the San Diego Presidio to Spain’s war effort.
The 2017 celebration was held on July 1st, 2nd, and 4th. During the 3-day celebration 1,890 visitors passed through the SDSAR flag display lining the sidewalk and viewed the displays of muskets, pistols, powder horns, swords, Spanish pesos, and Revolutionary War videos.
May 2017 Monthly Chapter Meeting
Photo to the left is Vista Fire Department’s Jose Gutierrez, Vista Fire Chief Jeff Hahn and SAR San Diego President Fred Hall with Gutierrez receiving the Heroes Award. Photo to the right is Col. Richard Rothwell, USMC (Ret.) being thanked by Fred Hall for his presentation about the history and mission of Camp Pendleton in celebration of its 75th Anniversary.
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Battle of San Diego Bay – April 22, 2017
This reenactment of this battle was attended by over 400 hundred visitors, and the children’s activity center was a major attraction. The Navy provided children’s educational activities about Spanish culture in California. The keynote speech was done by Joseph Bray and presented a Spanish account of the Battle of San Diego that he recently discovered in the Spanish archives. Mr. Bray recently became a member of the San Diego Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.
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March 2017 Monthly Chapter Meeting
Photo to the left shows new members Ronald and Steven Crow being sworn in as new members. The photo to the right shows both Robert Hayden and Raymond Raser receiving certificates for additional relatives that supported the American Revolution. These members have multiple patriot ancestors.
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February 2017 De Anza DAR Chapter Annual American History Essay Awards event was held at the Church of the Nativity in Fairbanks Ranch on Saturday, February 4, 2007. San Diego SAR Chapter Color Guard members presented the colors. Kathy Loftman, a member of the DAR De Anza Chapter, carried the DAR flag.
SAR Color Guard prepares to advance the National Colors. Participants are (left to right) Kathy Loftman, Philip Hinshaw, Skip Cox, James Mattern, Color Guard Commander Ernest McCullough (left), Color Guard presents the colors as De Anza Chapter member Joanne Dudek leads the Assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance (center), Color Guard members enjoy refreshments after the awards program (right).
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January 2017 Monthly Chapter Meeting
Outgoing President Dennis Cushman (left) and incoming President Fred Hall, 2017 Board Members (right).
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