2018 News & Announcements

MISSAR Color Guard Participates in Wreaths Across America

The MISSAR Color Guard was on hand at Great Lakes National Cemetery on Saturday, December 15 to lead the way in celebration of those who have served.

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Photos courtesy Norman Palmer.

MISSAR Color Guard at Great Lakes District


The MISSAR Color Guard proudly represented our Society at October's Great Lakes District Meeting this past October in Springfield, Illinois - the Land 'o Lincoln. Included in the Michigan contingent of the GLD Color Guard (which also includes Wisconsin and Illinois) were: MISSAR President James Petres, VPG Paul Callanan, PVPG Joe Conger, PVPG Bill Vette, State Treasurer Dennis VanWormer, Paul Emery Chapter President Norman Palmer, State 1st VP Ken Goodson, and State 2nd VP David VanHoof.

The combined Color Guard performed a ceremony honoring our 16th president.

Pictured at left, the GLD Color Guard in front of Lincoln's tomb. On the right is Joe Conger (left) of the North Michigan Chapter and former Vice President General of the GLD, and Norman Palmer, President of the Paul Emery Chapter.

Michigan Color Guard Front and Center at National Congress


MISSAR Past President Paul Callanan (above left), leads the Color Guard Detail at the Installation Dinner at the SAR National Congress. Paul's wife, Keitha, carries George Washington's ring with the escort. Michigan's own Warren Alter was elected SAR President General at the Congress.

Color Guard in Cohoctah July 4th Parade

From left, Guardsmen Don Reifert, Aaron Wiles, Dennis VanWormer, Norm Palmer, and Ken Goodson.

Color Guard Participates in Ceremony Honoring Those Who Served

On June 24, the Color Guard assembled at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Bridgeman to honor and congratulate those serving in our armed forces, as well as in public service, such as police, firefighters, and first responders, as well as those who have served.

From left, Compatriots James Perkins, Duane Peachey, and Ken Goodson.

MISSAR Color Guard Represented at Massachusetts Patriot's Gravesite Rededication

On May 5, at the Old Burying Ground in Groton, Massachusetts, a long journey was completed: the iron SAR grave marker of Patriot Joshua Bentley (1727-1819) was returned to its owner. MISSAR compatriots John Raya, Gerald Burkland, James Walker, David Moore, and Ray Lucas were in attendance to assist Massachusetts SAR and DAR organizations with the rededication.

Read all about the event here.*

Watch a video of the event here.

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*Article courtesy Nashoba Valley Voice, 14 May 2018. Copyright © 2018 Digital First Media. Reproduced by permission.

MISSAR Color Guard on Duty for Veterans Day Observance in Detroit

On November 12, the State Society Color Guard was on hand for a Veterans Day Observance at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Detroit. From left, Compatriots Gerald Burkland, Paul Callanan, and Jason Gideon.

MISSAR Color Guard at Cemetery Dedication

The MISSAR Color Guard was on hand to support the Detroit Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists for the dedication of Oakwood Cemetery as the first cemetery in Northville, Michigan. A historic plaque was erected commemorating the cemetery and the event.

From L-R above: State Secretary Dennis Van Wormer, Color Guard Commander Gerald Burkland, State 1st Vice President James Petres, State 2nd Vice President Ken Goodson, and Color Guard Drummer David Moore.

There are many more excellent photos of the dedication here. (Article courtesy Ken Goodson and NSDAC Regent, Arlene Robertson)

Oaks Chapter Hosts Gravesite Dedication Ceremony

Watch news broadcast here.

MISSAR Color Guard in Howell Wreath Laying Ceremony

On July 14, the MISSAR Color Guard performed a Memorial Ceremony in Howell, Michigan. The Color Guard were asked by DAR Philip Livingston Chapter Commemorative Events Chairwoman Sue Ellen Andrews to be involved. The ceremony was to commemorate the 26 soldiers from Howell that died in World War I. Chairwoman Andrews read the names of the fallen soldiers and placed a wreath, escorted by MISSAR Secretary/Treasurer Dennis VanWormer, Past President Rod Wilson. Compatriots VanWormer and Wilson then performed the Sword Salute.

Filling out the ranks of Color Gaurd participants were James Perkins, Donald Reifert, and Charles "Chip" Stevers. Other MISSAR compatriots in the audience were Philip Jackson from Huron Valley and James Schell from Kensington Valley.

Chairwoman Andrews and her chapter team put on an excellent event!

(Pictured above, compatriots Wilson, Reifert, Commander VanWormer, Perkins, and Stevers in front of the WWI Memorial in Howell.)

MISSAR Color Guard Represented in Memorial Day Activities Throughout the State

The MISSAR was solidly represented throughout the state of Michigan for this year's Memorial Day festivities. Click on any image above to enter the gallery to learn more.

Color Guard Helps M.S.C.A.R. Celebrate Restored Doughboy Statue in Bay City

Members of MSCAR and their MISSAR brethren, along with friends and spectators (about 50-60 in all), braved icy-cold strong winds and sleet in celebration of the unveiling of the restored WWI Doughboy statue in Pershing Park, Bay City. Earlier, at local Sage Library, a rededication ceremony was held honoring WWI veterans. The American Doughboy 'idea' came to us in the fall 2015 when a report was given about the refurbishing of the Doughboy statue in Benton Harbor. MSCAR President Madden Brady took the idea from there and raised nearly $14,000 toward the cost of restoration of the statue in Bay City. The ceremony also marked the 100th anniversary of the original dedication of the statue.

WMC Color Guard Particpates in Ceremonies Honoring Vietnam Veterans

Read all about it here.