A Message From Our President:
The Maryland Society Sons of the American Revolution (MDSSAR), organized April 20, 1889, has over 780 members, with fifteen chapters state wide. We are part of the National Society Sons of the American Revolution which consists of over 32,000 members in over 500 chapters in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, Mexico, Spain and the United Kingdom. The society was conceived as a fraternal and civic organization composed of lineal descendants of the men 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. Our goal is to promote patriotic, historical and educational objectives, including the perpetuation of the memory of the men and women, who, by their sacrifices during the American Revolution, achieved the independence of the American people.
The Maryland Society along with the National Society promotes scholarships and awards through several youth programs, recognizing high school and elementary school students for promoting American ideals. We also recognize Eagle Scouts and provide a scholarship to an outstanding Maryland Eagle Scout. Outstanding ROTC and JROTC cadets are recognized at our George Washington Luncheon. The MDSSAR Color Guard, along with other members of our organization, appear in Revolutionary War uniforms or other period dress and assist in educating youths and adults about our Revolutionary heritage. Our Color Guard performs ceremonial duties at dedications of memorials and patriot graves and has performed the opening ceremonies for various organizations.
Our chapters proudly recognize individuals, schools, and businesses with a Flag Certificates for their proper and prominent display of our American Flag. The chapters recognize our public servants by presenting awards to our public safety officials and also perform volunteer work with Veterans.
Our outreach programs include support of the Children of the American Revolution at the state and chapter level. We provide support for historic research which will further the knowledge of our revolutionary ancestors. This is but some of what the MDSSAR is doing to meet our goals. I hope you will look over our web site and gain a better understanding of the Maryland Society as well as the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. As a "lineage" society, membership in the SAR is open to males who can trace their family tree back to an ancestor who supported the cause of American Independence during the years 1774-1783. Please feel free to contact us for membership information or if you have question about any of our programs.
Thank you for visiting the website.
Sincerely,William P. Smithson President 2016-2017