The Michigan Society of the Sons of the American Revolution - West Michigan Chapter

Sons of the American Revolution


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Welcome to the website of the Michigan Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, West Michigan Chapter!

Our objectives are:

• To perpetuate and defend the principles of liberty and justice which our Revolutionary ancestors established and as contained in our Constitution and Bill of Rights.

• To foster true patriotism, to maintain and defend the institutions of American Freedom and to carry out the purposes expressed in the Preamble to the Constitution of our country and the injunctions of Washington in his farewell address to the American people.

• To teach pure American principles in our public schools, colleges and universities, unstained by foreign and subversive ideologies.

• To inspire respect for and love of the American flag and for our precious heritage of individual liberty.

• To promote fellowship among the members by united and positive action in support of the American Way of Life.

Our History

In l876 there were many celebrations to commemorate the centennial of the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, l776. As part of this patriotic fervor, a group of men in the San Francisco, California, area who were descendants of patriots in the American Revolution, formed an organization called the Sons of Revolutionary Sires. Their objective was to have a fraternal and civic society to salute those men and women who pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to the battle for independence from Great Britain. They desired to keep alive their ancestors' story of patriotism and courage in the belief that it is a universal one of man's struggle against tyranny -- a story which would inspire and sustain succeeding generations when they would have to defend and extend our freedoms.

Out of the Sires grew the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, which was organized on April 30, l889 -- the l00th anniversary of the inauguration of George Washington as our nation's first President. We have used the acronym SAR to identify ourselves for over l00 years. The SAR was conceived as a fraternal and civic society 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. The National Society was chartered by an Act of the United States Congress on June 9, l906. The charter was signed by President Theodore Roosevelt, who was a member of the SAR. The charter authorizes the granting of charters to societies of the various states and territories and authorizes the state societies to charter chapters within their borders.

The Michigan Society of the Sons of the American Revolution was organized January 10, 1890 in Detroit with ten members. The West Michigan Chapter was organized December 2, 1897 in Grand Rapids with 26 members, making it one of the oldest chapters in the entire country.

The SAR Pledge

We the descendants of the heroes of the American Revolution who, by their sacrifices, established the United States of America, reaffirm our faith in the principles of liberty and our Constitutional Republic, and solemnly pledge ourselves to defend them against every foe.

The SAR Recessional

Until we meet again, let us remember our obligations to our forefathers who gave us our Constitution, the Bill of Rights, an independent Supreme Court, and a Nation of free men.



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