Compatriots and friends,
I write to invite you most cordially to gather with the D.C. Sons of the American Revolution, the C.A.R.s, and members of many other lineage and patriotic organizations on the morning on the Fourth of July for our traditional Independence Day kickoff at Congressional Cemetery.
The C.A.R.s lead the way at 9:30, laying a wreath at the grave of Revolutionary War drummer boy John Hunter. Then at 10:00 AM we'll move the short distance to the grave of Vice President Elbridge Gerry, there to honor and remember not only Gerry himself, but all the other Signers of the Declaration of Independence. As you are probably well-aware, Gerry is the only Signer buried in Washington, D.C.
All lineage, patriotic, fraternal and service organizations are invited to participate, as well as unaffiliated individuals, so feel free to share this
invitation with any who might like to join in that morning. SAR will present a wreath, and will also provide cut flowers for all others to place on the grave. We ask only that anyone planning to represent a group let us know by Noon, July 3d, so that we may include them in the printed program and have ample fresh flowers on hand.
Please respond by reply to this email if you'll be attending. If presenting organizational colors, also include the name and title of your flag bearer. For this occasion, the most convenient access to the cemetery is the gate at the east end of the 1800 block of E Street, SE, next to the Gerry grave. There is normally ample street parking in the same block. Metro's Stadium/Armory station is 3 blocks north, and the Potomac Avenue station 4 blocks southeast. Blazers, straw hats, and fans are appropriate for a sub-tropical July morning!
The ceremonies should conclude by 10:45.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Paul Hays, the SAR Officer-in-Charge.
Brock D. Bierman