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COLOR GUARD ORGANIZATION
Washington State SAR Color Guard
Compatriots recently asked about state color guard organization and ranks. I provide here our WA SAR Organization as an example.
We now have the following 58-man CG ORGANIZATION:
Our Past State President and charter member of the Color Guard in 2011 when we had only 6 color guards, is our CG Brigade Commander (Colonel) Doug Nelson. I am Brigade Adjutant (Lt. Col.USA,Ret. and Past CG Commander 2011-2017).

We have two CG Regiments (Eastern WA Reg't.- 2 chapters & Western WA Reg't.- 6 chapters). The Western Washington Regimental Commander is the overall Color Guard Commander (CG Major) and the Eastern is Vice CG Commander (CG Major). We also have a Deputy CG Commander (CG Major - who wears a sergeant's red epaulet).

Our CG Captains are at chapter level along with chapter Lieutenants and sergeants. Our Fife & Drum Corps commander is a Drum Major. He assigns ranks according to service to the fifers & drummers. The overall Color Guard Commander is the responsible leader and determines & approves the ranks. Our WA Color Guard is made up of mostly military veterans.

We permit each individual to choose their own uniform so that our Color Guard can represent the diverse nature of the Continental & State forces (rabble in arms) of 1775-1783.

Our 58 color guardsmen each choose a uniform and/or rank in basically three different ways: 1) the rank they held in military service, 2) rank of one of their ancestors, 3) rank they hold in our Color Guard or in our Fife & Drum Corps. Those who depict a minuteman, militiaman or rifleman, wearing a basic hunting frock or period civilian dress don’t wear regimental rank. Militia officers however, could wear an officer or NCO sash.

For example, we have a USAF Colonel (Ret.) who wears his ancestors sergeant’s red epaulet and a white chevron for service on his regimentals. Our current Color Guard Commander, an enlisted U.S. Army veteran, is a CG Major wearing the two silver epaulets of a field officer. Fifers & drummers wear sergeant’s or corporal’s earned & assigned epaulets based on service.
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WASHINGTON SAR & DAR PARADE AT STEILACOOM!
Some 40 compatriots, and families mustered for the 4th of July to show the Colors at Steilacoom. Eighteen SAR Color GUardsmen and eighteen DAR Ladies in beautiful period dress, formed up behind the SAR-DAR Fife & Drum Corps to represent the Founders of America and those who were there for the Declaration of our Independence! HUZZAHHH!
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WHISKEY REBELLION FESTIVAL!
July 5-8, at Washington, PA
In 1794 Alexander Hamilton persuaded Congress to tax the cash crop of Pennsylvania farmers who turned their corn into good whiskey for all those traveling west after the War. The pioneer farmers in Pennsylvania’s western counties, centered in ‘little Washington’, South of Pittsburgh, sent the government revenue collectors out of town on a rail, tarred & feathered. President Washington donned his uniform and took 15,000 troops to Bedford County (home of my Patriot ancestor, Peter O’Neal) and quelled the uprising.
The episode demonstrated that the new national government had the willingness and ability to suppress violent resistance to its laws. It was, therefore, viewed by the Washington administration as a success
The Washington administration and its supporters usually did not mention, however, that the whiskey excise remained difficult to collect, and that many westerners continued to refuse to pay the tax.
As a result, my family and many others in Pennsylvania considered “tax avoidance” as a sacred duty. 😏Parade, Street Theater, Live Music, Re-enactments, Food & Drink, Crafts, Historical Tours, Family Activities, Fireworks and Much More.

Saturday the Whiskey Rebellion Festival is in full swing and begins with a community parade through the heart of Washington’s historic downtown and features marching bands, civic leaders, entertainers, and historical re-enactors. Enjoy family fun and shop for unique arts & crafts.

Join us at the festival on Saturday and experience history authentically presented by the region’s top 18th century re-enactment groups including, Wayne’s Fourth Sub-Legion, 1st Virginia Regiment, Rangers of the Ohio Company, the Whiskey Jug Rangers, Roger’s Rangers, The Oliver Miller Homestead, Westmoreland Rifles, and Swearingen’s Militia.

Visit The Hangman’s Noose Tavern, located at the Kennedy Log House in Washington Park. See the 18th Century tavern display and hear tavern talk presentations throughout the day. Taste samples of (non-alcoholic) 18th century tavern drinks.

The festivities continue with the opening of the food midway and Blue Eagle Tavern. Festival guests are invited to enjoy a wide variety of food offerings from smoked BBQ to Gyros to ice cream.

The festival’s main stage comes alive with Americana/Heritage music throughout the day and the streets are transported back to the 18th century as re-enactors perform and tell the story of the Whiskey Rebellion with unparalleled authenticity. Visit the historic home of the leader of the rebellion, the David Bradford House. The Lil Rebel Art & Heritage Area in Madeleine’s Garden at the LeMoyne House provides education and entertainment for the entire family. Street skirmishes, cannon fire, and the must see event of the festival, a live tar and feathering, bring history to life!

Take a FREE bus ride to and from the recreated 18th century Frontier Fort Site at Washington Park. Step back in time and visit with re-enactors portraying native Americans, frontiersman, trappers, and tradesman. The kids can enjoy the free petting zoo and pony rides.

One of the highlights is the festival is the annual street theater performances. History comes alive on Main Street during these outstanding representations of living history. Throughout the day gain an understanding of the events and actions that lead to the Whiskey Rebellion and how they helped shape American history. Between performances, you are invited to talk with and engage the actors as they portray their historical character. The grand finale of the day’s street theater is the incredibly popular and powerful re-enactment of a “Tar and Feathering” of a whiskey tax collector.

Musical acts are performing all day at the Washington Auto Mall stage, but the evening culminates with awesome Bluegrass music:
8:30pm- Wood & Wire​
7pm- Grand Bon Rien​
6pm- 18 Strings​

More details of the day here: http://whiskeyrebellionfestival.com/festival-days/saturday/
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Washington State Society Sons of the American Revolution

Part 2: OPEN HOUSE AT BETSY ROSS HALL, ORTING
First: See the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ma0Kd7AEBZg&feature=youtu.be [Pirece County Television]
Second: Read a bit more on the Mission and eligibility for this great program.
Third: See the beautiful granite bench just outside Betsy Ross Hall, placed by DAR State Regent Julie Pittman's Project "Honoring Women Who Serve, Yesterday - Today - Tomorrow."
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