Cass River Colonial Encampment: July 17-18 2021

The Michigan SAR Color Guard carried the countries flag and the SAR society banners.

First 4 people: R/L SAR Northern Michigan chapter member and Camp Commander Brent Kemmer, Michigan Color Guard Commander: Norman Palmer MISSAR Vice Commander: Joe Conger, Paul Emery Chapter President: Bob Hawcroft

Commander: Norman Palmer

Patriot Ancestor: Captain Richard Ransom who served under Lt. Colonel Storrs. Capt. Ransom enlisted into the New York Militia in 1776 and served at the White Plains Battle. Norman has been a member of the S.A.R. since 2012 and he joined the Color Guard in 2017.

"I always enjoyed the military uniform. During my military service, I attempted to present myself the best I could. As an SAR Color Guard member, I not only represent my own uniformed service but the military clothing all the way back when our United States history began. "Stand at attention Proud!" - Norman Palmer

Vice Commander: John Lepisto

Patriot Ancestor: John Wilcoxson (b.1720 d.1798) John served with the Virginia Co Militia. He was married to Sarah Cassandra Boone, Daniel's oldest sister.

"I joined the Color Guard as I had been active, when living in Ohio, with the Ft. Greenville Muzzleloaders in Darke Co. Ohio. I did re-enactment with my group as a long hunter and colonial militia. I wanted to be more involved with the SAR after I joined and I felt that having the weapon (muzzleloading rifle) and accoutrements this was the place I belonged.

Two of my fellow compatriots with the West Michigan Chapter and Color Guard members, Mark and Harry, helped guide me in getting started in the unit. It is an honor to serve. I have been with the SAR since April 2021." - John Lepisto

Drummer: David Moore

Patriot Ancestor: Pvt. Edward Richards served as Drum Major for Major Jonathan Clark’s 4th Virginia Regiment under the command of Col. James Wood. Having enlisted on 28 February 1778, he carried out his duties with honor to bring the freedom and independence we so proudly hold today. David has been a member of the S.A.R. since 2013.

"I joined the Color Guard to continue the legacy set by my Patriot Ancestor. I have been a professional drummer since age 18. I was honored by a personal invitation from Commander Burkland to join the ranks of this prestigious group. I take great pride as part of the community and patriotic service provided by the Color Guard." - David Moore

Bagpiper: Ron Barnard

Patriot Ancestor: Daniel Bartholomew, an Ensign in the Richland Company, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Ron has been a member of the S.A.R. since April 2016.

"SAR Commander Gerry Burkland asked me to participate in the Color Guard as a bagpiper." - Ron Barnard

Guardsman: Aaron J. Wiles

Patriot Ancestor: John St. John (1750-1819), a Private under Col. Thaddeus Crane of the Westchester Co. militia, 4th Regiment, New York. Aaron has been a member of the S.A.R. since September 2017, and he joined the Color Guard that same month.

"I had done some re-enacting in the past, so becoming a Color Guard member seemed to be the next logical step. My ancestor was in the militia, and I dress accordingly. I enjoy showing people the way a person in the militia may have dressed and answer their questions when I can. I am also a member of the Grand Blanc Historic District Commission and the Linden Mills Historic Society." - Aaron J. Wiles

Guardsman: Robert Eager

Patriot Ancestor: William Eager, An injury as a young man left William Eager permanently lame and unable to serve in the military. So, in 1776-7, when the local militia was stationed at nearby Fort Montgomery on the Hudson River, he took wagonloads of hay and loaves of bread to his neighbors there. On one visit he was invited by his friend, General James Clinton, to dine with the officers. Robert has been a member of the S.A.R. since 2010 and joined the Color Guard in 2019.

"I joined the Color Guard as a way to pay tribute to my patriot ancestors and to be more involved with SAR activities." - Robert Eager

Guardsman: Paul R. Callanan

Patriot Ancestor: Gideon Crandall (served 1777-1781) of Rhode Island and Vermont. Paul has been a member of the S.A.R. since 2000, joining the North Carolina Color Guard shortly thereafter. He has been a member of the MISSAR Color Guard since 2014. He is also the founder of the NCCSAR Color Guard, and the 2014 recipient of the Von Steuben Medal for Sustained Achievement in the NSSAR Color Guard.

"I became a color guardsman to help promote the SAR in the local area of where I lived in NC. The uniform got people to talk about their ancestors. It also allowed me to honor my ancestors who fought for our freedom. I joined also to participate in ceremonies outside of the chapter and to help spread the word about the SAR." - Paul R. Callanan

Guardsman: Mark Chamberlain

Patriot Ancestor: Henry Chamberlain, enlisted on May 10, 1775 in Captain Jacob Hind's Company, Col. James Reed's Regiment (3rd New Hampshire), which was engaged in the battle at Bunker Hill, June 17th 1775.

"I wish to honor this family tradition; I served 39 years in the U.S. military and the federal government, retiring in both. I find participation in the Color Guard a way to keep this spirit alive." - Mark Chamberlain

Guardsman: Gerald Conger

Patriot Ancestor: Joseph Conger. Gerald has been a member of the S.A.R. since 2004.

"In addition to the heartfelt patriotism I feel when participating as a Guardsman in Society functions, I especially enjoy participating in Wreaths Across America each year." - Gerald Conger

Guardsman: Joseph Conger

Patriot Ancestor: Joseph Conger (b. 1758), a resident of New Fairfield Connecticut, served as a Private in Captain William Hubbell's Company of Col. David Waterbury's 5th Regiment of Connecticut Volunteers (mid 1775 to 1776), and spent the winter in defense New York. Joseph has been a member of the S.A.R. since June 2002, and the Color Guard since 2011.

"I really like the camaraderie. I enjoy learning the history of the Revolution and the sacrifices of our ancestors to secure our liberty, while building a new nation." - Joseph Conger

Guardsman: William Sharp

Patriot Ancestor: William Sharp, who moved from Hanover County to Louisa County, Virginia, in 1763. During the Revolution he had 5 young children so did not serve; however, he sold beef to the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War on a couple of occasions. William has been a member of the S.A.R. since December 2003, joined the Indiana Color Guard in July 2009, and has been serving the MISSAR Color Guard from his home chapter in Indiana since 2016.

"I wanted to honor my Patriot ancestor and dress as he might have and participate in public events where I would have the opportunity to respond to questions about the late 18th Century period." - William Sharp

Guardsman: Dennis Van Wormer

Patriot Ancestors: Jacob Van Wormer, Sr. (2nd Lieutenant, 14th Regiment, Albany County Militia, New York); John Torrey (Private, Connecticut, Battle of Bunker Hill); James Edmands, Sr. (Patriotic Service); Samuel Mosher (Soldier, 6th Regiment, Dutchess County Militia, New York); Daniel Chase (Patriotic Service). Dennis has been a member of the S.A.R. since October 2006, and he joined the Color Guard in January 2016.

"I joined the Color Guard to participate more in MISSAR activities and to meet MISSAR members outside of my local chapter." - Dennis Van Wormer

Guardsman: Larry Blacket

Patriot Ancestor: John St. John (1750-1819), a Private under Col. Thaddeus Crane of the Westchester Co. militia, 4th Regiment, New York. Aaron has been a member of the S.A.R. since September 2017, and he joined the Color Guard that same month.

"I had done some re-enacting in the past, so becoming a Color Guard member seemed to be the next logical step. My ancestor was in the militia, and I dress accordingly. I enjoy showing people the way a person in the militia may have dressed and answer their questions when I can. I am also a member of the Grand Blanc Historic District Commission and the Linden Mills Historic Society." - Larry Blacket

Guardsman: Bob Hawcroft

Patriot Ancestor: Areil Nims 1751-1830. He served as a sergeant during the Lexington Alarm in Capt. Jonas Locke's company of Col. Williams Regiment, and marched from Deerfield, Massachusetts April 19, 1775. Areil was enlisted for three months and 20 days.

"I joined SAR June 2017. I received mentoring while joining and Past President Callanan's help was vital in attaining my membership. I joined the Color Guard in 2019 by invitation of Commander Burkland and encouragement of other CG members. It's a way for me to help show honor to whom honor is due." - Bob Hawcroft

Guardsman: Jason Gideon

Patriot Ancestor: Isaac Glynn (b. 1761 Massachusetts, d. 1835 Vermont). Jason has been a member of the S.A.R. since May 2015.

"I joined the Color Guard out of reverence and gratitude for my grandfathers' military service and their sacrifices in the name of liberty since King Philip's War. Because of these strong-willed men and their brethren-in-arms, I have drunk deeply of the blessings of freedom." - Jason Gideon

Guardsman: Don Reifert

Patriot Ancestor: Noah Jenne, a Private in the Vermont Militia who served in the Royalton Raid. Don has been a member of the SAR since July 2005, and he joined the Color Guard in 2010.

"I joined the Color Guard because it gave me an opportunity to be more involved in the Society, and it was also a way to honor my ancestor." - Don Reifert

Guardsman: James Petres

Patriot Ancestor: Adam Cramer, who was born in 1745 and served in Capt. John Wampler’s company in the Pennsylvania militia. Jim has been a member of the S.A.R. since July 22, 2015.

Jim has been served in various capacities as a Scout leader for over 25 years. He is semi-retired after working in law enforcement for 46 years and is still working part-time for a local agency.

Guardsman: Caden Palmer

Patriot Ancestor: Captain Richard Ransom, who served under Lt. Colonel Stoors, enlisted into the New York militia in 1776 and fought at the White Plains Battle on October 28th, 1776.

"The reason I joined SAR was to spend more time with my grandpa and learn more of the nation's past and how our country was formed." - Caden Palmer

Guardsman: Bill Vette

CG Commander Emeritus: Gerald Burkland

Guardsman: Harry Rinkler

Harry Rinkler is a member of the west Michigan Chapter, and the chapter's 2nd Vice President.

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