March 2024

President’s Message

Greetings Compatriots,

Unfortunately, we’re going to lose an hour of sleep this month as daylight savings will be triggered on March 10th.  I’m not a fan of “springing forward” each year.  On a more positive note, the first day of Spring is March 19th, and some of us will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th.

March is Women’s History Month.  If you have a documented female patriot recognized by SAR or DAR, you are invited to submit a short video to NSSAR concerning her contribution to the patriot cause.  Also note NSSAR is collecting short narratives for African American Participation in the American Revolution project.  If you had a Black Patriot Ancestor you are invited to send a short video to Drew Hight at NSSAR HQ for possible inclusion in the project.

On March 1, 1781, the Articles of Confederation were fully ratified by the states.  The articles were a plan of government organization that served as a bridge between the initial government created by the Continental Congress and the federal government provided under the U.S. Constitution of 1787.  The Articles were written in 1776–77 and adopted by the Congress on November 15, 1777, but not ratified until 1781. 

248 years ago on March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry gave his infamous “Give me liberty or give me death” speech.  Convinced that war with Great Britain was inevitable, the Virginian patriot defended strong resolutions for equipping the Virginia militia to fight against the British in a fiery speech in a Richmond church with the famous words, “I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

Just a reminder we would like to expand our Color Guard unit.  If you have an interest in joining the Color Guard, please contact me or Kevin Forrest.  Last month your chapter Color Guard, in addition to other events, supported the Massing of the Colors and Salute to our Armed Forces event held at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Hollywood Hills.  The event featured a large parade of color and honor guard units from local schools, ROTC units, military branches, SAR Color Guard units, as well as representatives from each branch of the military service. On March 4th they will be participating in the Patriot’s Day parade in Laguna Beach.  Please join us at this traditional small-town parade, where my community celebrates our veterans, our community, and patriotism.

I hope to see you at our March dinner meeting.  It’s an opportunity to make new friends and catch up with old friends and compatriots.

In compatriotism,

Barry Michaels 

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February 2024

President’s Message

Dear Compatriots,

It is an honor and a privilege to serve the South Coast Chapter of the SAR as its new president.  I want to thank our former Vice President, Jason Temple, for his contributions to our Chapter.  Moreover, I want to thank former President Scott Whitman for his mentoring and five years of leadership. 

While Scott will remain on our Board of Directors as the Immediate Past President, he also serves as the Membership Chair for CASSAR.  With the lion’s share of our board members continuing in their roles for the 2024-2025 term our chapter leadership remains solid.

February is filled with a few activities for our members to enjoy:  

  • On Sunday, February 18th, our chapter Color Guard will again support the Massing of the Colors and Salute to the Armed Forces at Forest Lawn in Hollywood Hills (program starts at 3:00 pm).  This must-see tradition has been in place for more than 30 years and you are encouraged to join us there.  It is the largest celebration of its kind in the western United States, with over 600 people and fifty color guards participating each year.  There will be a vintage war-birds flyover.
  • On Monday, February 19th, we celebrate President’s Day (George Washington was born on February 22nd, 1732). This federal holiday honoring Washington was originally implemented by an Act of Congress in 1879 for government offices in Washington D.C. and expanded in 1885 to include all federal offices.  In 1971 the holiday was shifted to the third Monday in February.

At our monthly dinner meeting we join in celebrating Andy Bailey’s 40th anniversary with SAR.  Andy is one of the founding members of our chapter.  Please join me in congratulating Andy on reaching this significant milestone.

On the 24th, the San Diego Chapter is once again hosting George Washington’s Birthday Dinner at the Green Dragon Tavern in Carlsbad (4:30 – 8:30). 

I look forward to serving you in the coming year and seeing you at our chapter meetings at Mimi’s Cafe in Irvine. Please let me know of suggestions for our meetings or other activities.

In patriotism,

Barry Michaels

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