The National Society, Sons of the American Revolution was formed in April 1889, around a time when the country was celebrating the 100th anniversary of George Washington becoming our first President. A group of men in the area of San Francisco, who were descendants of Patriots involved in the American Revolution, created this institution. Their objective was to have a fraternal and civic society composed of lineal descendants of those Patriots who wintered at Valley Forge, signed the Declaration of Independence, fought in the battles of the American Revolution, served in the Continental Congress, or otherwise supported the cause of American Independence.
We have used the acronym SAR to identify ourselves for over 100 years. The SAR is a historical, educational, and patriotic non-profit that seeks to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom, an appreciation for patriotism, a respect for our national symbols, and the value of American citizenship. We do this by sharing the stories of patriotism, courage, sacrifice, tragedy, and triumph of the men who achieved the independence of the American people in the belief that these stories are universal ones of man’s eternal struggle against tyranny.
Some of the ways the SAR strives to honor the legacy of our Patriot ancestors include commemorating and providing memorials for the people and events of the American Revolution, and honoring and supporting our veterans, especially those confined to residential and hospital facilities provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
We provide recognition for public service. Each year, we present thousands of awards nationwide to law enforcement officers, public safety officers, and other citizens who exemplify the best civic traditions of our nation. This includes young men and women who are leaders in our communities: high-ranking high school students of history, Eagle Scouts, JROTC and ROTC cadets and midshipmen.
Today the SAR consists of 26,000 members in over 500 chapters in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Almost 165,000 descendants of the men and women Patriots of the American Revolution have been admitted since our founding. SAR members include fifteen presidents of the United States, Brigadier, Lieutenant and five star generals, presidents of several colleges and universities, ambassadors, and members of the Supreme Court, the U.S. Senate, and the U.S. Congress.
We hope you will consider joining the SAR and honoring the legacy of your Patriot ancestor. We welcome you to join us at a Colonel Henshaw Chapter event. To receive more information and a membership kit to join the Massachusetts Society, please complete the brief online form at http://www.massar.org/membership/