While we have an enormous debt to repay to an infinite number of our fore bearers, we can only minimally succeed in that effort through participating in a pursuit to bring our history and heritage alive for everyone.
For the Sons of The American Revolution, establishing a blood-line relationship with a Patriot who fought those first battles for liberty really serves to provide some credibility to our effort. Knowing that a part of each member was there on Barrett's Farm or Bunker Hill or in any other skirmish that played even the slightest part in driving tyranny from this land, gives stature to the goal of fostering our heritage.
The genealogical quest, while providing some personal notes of interest and satisfaction, gives us the opportunity to appreciate how well woven and intertwined our lives are with the many people around us. That quest is very much a part of the Sons of The American Revolution.
More importantly however, is the stated purpose of the National Society of the SAR. The Society, founded in 1876, is dedicated to perpetuating American ideals and traditions, and protecting the American Constitution. The organization is responsible for the establishment of Flag Day, Constitution Day and other commemorative moments for America.
Since the Cherokee Chapter's founding in 2005, we have contributed to that stated purpose by promoting patriotic Essay and Poster contests throughout the local school system. We have recognized and honored achievements of the JROTC in all of our high schools. We remember our heritage through ceremonies marking Patriot grave sites as well as honoring battle sites of the Revolution.
Our second annual public reading of the Declaration of Independence will take place on the steps of the Historic Courthouse in Canton on July 4, an hour before the parade begins. We plan to continue our efforts through special educational programs of historical interest.
Knowing who we are relies upon knowing who we were. History is not something to be stashed away on a bookshelf. Indeed it is to be read, remembered and revered as an integral part of what this nation is. Everyone with an interest in the heritage of America is welcome to attend our meetings. Further information is available at www.cherokeechapter.com