Invitation to Ceremony at the Grave of Col. William Henshaw

Greetings Compatriot!

You and your family are invited to join us as we honor the Revolutionary War Patriot for whom our chapter is named, Colonel William Henshaw.

At 11 a.m., Saturday, October 25, 2014, we will gather at the grave of Col. Henshaw at Rawson Brook Burial Ground in Leicester, MA, for a special ceremony to remember Col. Henshaw’s life and contributions in helping establish our freedom.  Members from the Col. Henry Knox Continental Artillery Regiment of MASSAR will present the colors and fire a musket salute.

Compatriot Kenneth Starbard, who is a 3rd Great Grandson of Col. Henshaw and a Henshaw Chapter member, will be with us to present a family heirloom as a gift to the Leicester Historical Society at the ceremony.  The Leicester Historical Society has also graciously invited us to enjoy a light lunch and refreshments afterward.

Rawson Brook Burial Ground is located on Main St. (Route 9) in Leicester, just 6 miles west of Worcester.  We hope you will join us for this commemoration as it has been 10 years since the SAR formally gathered at Col. Henshaw’s resting place.  Please let me know at your earliest convenience if you plan to attend so that the Leicester Historical Society will have an idea of how many of us to expect.  Thank you.

Libertas et Patria

Wesley H. Wratchford

President Col. Wm Henshaw Chapter 



MASSAR Color Guard honored to participate at local 9/11 tribute

On September 11, 2014, “Thanks To Yanks”, a non-profit organization, hosted their 8th annual 9/11 Tribute Dinner to “Remember, Respect and Revere” our military men and women, veterans and their families, first responders, and all whose lives were deeply impacted by 9/11.

The event took place this year at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Milford, MA and was attended by over 350 people.  Those in attendance included veterans of all ages, some having served during WWII, Korea and Vietnam, as well as military members who are currently serving.  Also in attendance were many Gold Star and Blue Star families, and several local dignitaries.

Colors were presented by members from Col. Henry Knox’s Continental Artillery Regiment of MASSAR.  Forming the Color Guard that evening were Col. Wm Henshaw Chapter President, Wesley H. Wratchford, Past President Verne Thayer, Secretary Allan Van Wert and MASSAR Color Guard Commander, John Cunningham.

The Worcester Civil Air Patrol Cadets conducted the POW/MIA table ceremony, and the Patriot Guard Riders stood at attention with their flag line, while the Rhode Island Highlanders Bag Pipers welcomed guests.

The mission of Thanks To Yanks is to support our military, our veterans and their families. For more information or to get involved with the organization, visit You can also “like” them on Face Book.

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Allan Van Wert, Wesley H. Wratchford, Verne Thayer and Jack Cunningham

Allan Van Wert, Wesley H. Wratchford, Verne Thayer and Jack Cunningham

Colonial Faire and National Muster of Fyfes and Drums – September 27

Hello Compatriots!

Summer is winding down quickly, but there are still plenty of family friendly events to look forward to.  One such event is the Colonial Faire and National Muster of Fyfes and Drums at Longfellow’s Wayside Inn located in Sudbury, MA.

On Saturday September 27, 10:00am to 6:00pm (Parade begins at 11:45 A.M.) the late 18th century will come alive on the fields by the Wayside Inn. This annual Colonial Faire and Muster of Fyfe and Drum is hosted by the Sudbury Companies of Militia and Minute and the Sudbury Ancient Fyfe and Drum Companie.

Throughout the day, there will be living history demonstrations of life in colonial New England and vendors selling their wares and refreshments. Admission, including entry in raffle for a gift certificate to the Wayside Inn, is $2 per adult, children get in free.

For a look at a performance by the Middlesex County Volunteers at a previous Colonial Faire, click here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Wesley H. Wratchford
President, Col. William Henshaw Chapter
Massachusetts Society
Sons of the American Revolution