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The MISSAR was formed on January 18, 1890, and included representatives from the Michigan communities of Adrian, Detroit, Flint, Owosso, and Romulus.

Article II of the original MISSAR Constitution stated: "The object and purpose of this society is to keep alive among ourselves and our descendants the patriotic spirit of the men who, in military, naval, or civil service, by their acts or counsel achieved American independence."

Today, the MISSAR has grown to nearly 500 members and has eleven chapters representing all areas of the state.

Message from the President

iconI was reading the paper this past week and saw a comic strip that brought home to me that many in this country do not know what the meaning of Veteran’s Day is. The comic strip depicts a little girl with her mother going around and collecting poppies from various veterans groups. In the last frame of the strip the little girl turns to her Mother and asks this simple question ”Mommy, what are we remembering?” To me this is indicative of the state of affairs within our country as we approach Veteran’s Day.

For many of us, we know that we are remembering the sacrifices of our forefathers and ancestors who fought to establish this country that we love. From that humble beginning, citizen soldiers have always answered the call to either serve in our military full-time or part-time throughout our history whenever there has been a need. We owe so much to these brave men, women and even children who have given their time and energy, even to the point of giving their lives for the freedoms that we hold dear.

So, this Veteran’s Day, I implore you to take the time to first and foremost thank any veteran that you know or see walking around over the next week. Tell them “Thank you for your service” and shake their hand. That is the best gift we can give to a veteran. Then take the time to sit the next generations down and tell them why we remember our veterans and their sacrifices. It is not just a day off from school or work for the family to enjoy some down time, but rather an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices all the members of the armed forces and their families throughout our history have chosen to accept in order for us to have our freedoms today.

I also know that many of our veterans are in nursing homes or facilities. A visit to some of them by strangers who just want to thank them is truly a generous gesture. This is especially true, if the person doing that a young person who has given up some of their time to visit.

It is time for us to remember our Veteran’s and their families during this time. Many are away from home and in harm’s way as we have seen recently in the news. This is a time for us to remember their dedication and love of country and the freedoms we enjoy and hold dear. Tell their story to our children and children’s children in the coming days and hopefully we can turn the tide from people wondering what this day means to expressing their gratitude to those who have served, do serve and in many cases will serve to protect our freedoms.

Thank you to all of our members and their families who have given of their time to serve in our armed forces to guarantee our freedoms. God Bless the SAR, the United States of America and our military service members.


Paul Callanan
MISSAR President

Our Pursuits

iconYouth Programs

American partiotism and history is promoted by the SAR through a variety of youth-oriented scholarship and awards programs, including oration and essay contests, sponsorship of community service organizations, and outreach activities.


icon Research Services

 Tracing your history back to a Revolutionary War service person can be challenging. Each local chapter of the MISSAR offers assistance with your application process.

iconCommunity Service

The SAR is actively involved in a variety of important community service programs, such as providing transportation to disabled veterans and supporting the efforts of public safety officials.

iconEvents & Activities

The MISSAR's events include service and patriotism recognition banquets, military service commemorations, participation in local history fairs, and American history seminars.  Check our calendar and join us!

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