The Col. William Henshaw Chapter held its annual “Marching Forward” meeting in Sturbridge on March 8, 2014 at the Publick House Inn. The event was well attended by many compatriots and their guests. We also enjoyed the company of many members of the Col. Timothy Bigelow Chapter DAR, and this year’s “George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest” finalists from Worcester’s South High Community School.
Our guest speaker this year was Robert Briere, President of the Sturbridge Historical Society. Bob shared some wonderful stories with us about the history of Sturbridge, its involvement during the American Revolution, and efforts to restore the Veteran’s Memorial in front of Sturbridge Town Hall. The completed monument now lists the names of over 100 Patriots who served the cause of freedom and independence during the American Revolution!
In addition to enjoying the fine luncheon of stuffed turkey and all the trimmings served up by the friendly staff at the Publick House, we congratulated several award recipients.
Receiving the Certificate of Appreciation “In recognition of outstanding support given to the Sons of the American Revolution” were; Awards Chairman Dwight Smith, Compatriot Kenneth Starbard, Col. Timothy Bigelow DAR Regent Elizabeth Tivnan, and Sturbridge Historical Society President, Robert Briere.
We were also pleased to present Certificates of Participation to Fariha Kohistani, Stacey Wainaina and Abena Badu. Their history teacher, Mr. Josiah Burden, was presented with the Essay Commendation Certificate for encouraging his students to participate in the Essay Contest.
Col. Timothy Bigelow Chapter DAR Regent, Beth Tivnan, spoke about the ongoing plans to commemorate the Worcester Revolution of 1774. http://www.revolution1774.org/
Col. Wm Henshaw Chapter Treasurer, Steve Perkins, spoke about the “Center for Advancing America’s Heritage” The Center will provide educational programs to school children from local and surrounding school systems through permanent and traveling exhibits and in outreach education programs distributed to SAR Chapters across the country.
Finally, many of us walked the short distance to the Sturbridge Town Hall to view the Veteran’s Memorial and observe a moment of silence to honor all veterans who have served this country. Color Guard Commander, Allen Van Wert, and Steve Perkins fired a musket volley in honor of their sacrifices.
All in all, it was a terrific first meeting of 2014. I would like to personally thank everyone who attended and helped make it such a successful event!
Wesley H. Wratchford
President, Col. Wm Henshaw Chapter, MASSAR
Col. William Henshaw Chapter President, Wesley H. Wratchford, addresses compatriots and guests.
Compatriots, Dwight Smith and Kenneth Starbard, receive the “Certificate of Appreciation” from the SAR.
Col. Timothy Bigelow DAR Regent Elizabeth Tivnan accepts her award.
Robert Briere, of the Sturbridge Historical Society, speaks about the role Sturbridge played in the American Revolution.
Wesley H. Wratchford, Josiah Burden, Abena Badu, Stacey Wainaina and Fariha Kohistani
Members of the Col. Wm Henshaw Chapter – SAR, Col. Timothy Bigelow Chapter – DAR, and honored guests at the Veteran’s Memorial, Sturbridge, MA
The “Sturbridge Honor Roll”, Veteran’s Memorial, at Sturbridge, MA. The Memorial honors U.S. Veterans who served during the American Revolution, Korea, World War II, Vietnam, and there is a space reserved to honor those in Iraq-Afghanistan.
After the group observed a moment of silence at the memorial, Color Guard Commander Allen Van Wert and Steven Perkins fired a musket volley.