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Welcome to the Maryland Society of the Sons of the American Revolution!
The society is an organization that promotes 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 770 plus members of the Maryland Society participate to achieve these goals through fifteen chapters as well as a member-at-large category.
On behalf of our members, I invite you to join us in patriotic activities and outreach programs in the communities we serve. As you will see from the website, we conduct scholarship and recognition programs for high school and elementary school students, for ROTC and JROTC cadets, as well as Eagle Scouts. We have a very active MDSSAR Color Guard who, along with other members of our organization, will go into school classrooms, often in Revolutionary War uniforms or other period dress, to assist classroom teachers in their teaching of the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.
We recognize our public servants by presenting awards to our public safety officials, perform volunteer work with Veterans, and conduct Revolutionary War Patriots grave markings. Our chapters proudly recognize individuals, schools, and businesses with Flag Certificates for their proper and prominent display of our American Flag. We are an active participant in patriotic programs and parades. Our outreach programs include support of the Children of the American Revolution with many of our 15 chapters providing direct support to them.
As you peruse the information on the website, I hope that you come away with a better understanding of Maryland Society as well as the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and our goals. I invite you to look at our programs and should you need any additional information do not hesitate to contact the committee chairmen or myself.
Thank you for visiting the website.
J. Patrick Warner
President 2013 - 2014
About the Maryland Society, Sons of the American Revolution:
The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) is a male lineage society that perpetuates the ideals of the war for independence, whose members trace their heritage to the War for Independence.
The Maryland Society was formed on April 20, 1889 when thirty-six charter members met in the Old Senate Chamber in the State House in Annapolis. It was in that very same room that General George Washington had resigned his commission as Commander of the Continental Army. It is the eighth oldest state society. Since it was organized, over 3800 have become members. Three "Real Sons" were members, two were clergymen: Rev. John G. Morris, charter nember No. 20, and Rev. Samuel Kramer, charter member No. 42. Maryland's third "Real Son" was Captain Edward Bassett Waples No. 555. Seven Maryland Society members have been National Presidents: General. Gov. Edwin Warfield, Henry Stockbridge, Mayor James H. Preston, Henry F. Baker, G. Ridgely Sappington, Judge Wilson K. Barnes, and Carl F. Bessent.
Today, the SAR perpetuates the stories of patriotism, courage, sacrifice, tragedy, and triumph of the men who achieved the independence of the American people in the belief that these stories are universal ones of man's eternal struggle against tyranny, relevant to all time, and will inspire and strengthen each succeeding generation as it too is called upon to defend our freedoms on the battlefield and in our public institutions. The SAR as a historical, educational, and patriotic, non-profit corporation, seeks to maintain and expand the meaning of patriotism, respect for our national symbols, the value of American citizenship, and the unifying force of "e pluribus unum" that was created from the people of many nations -- one nation and one people. We look forward to having you check back with us soon.