Each year the Virginia Society, Sons of the American Revolution, begin their year by participating in the Crossing event in South Boston.
Volunteers in accurate Revolutionary War uniforms post the colors and lead the march Constitution Square.
Color Guards serve as a very visible means of attracting the attention of the general public to the activities of the Society and add a note of color and bearing to numerous celebrations, both public and private.
Frequently used to open and close meetings and ceremonies of the SAR, DAR, CAR and other organizations, they also participate in parades, memorial and commemoration services, grave markings, and other public events.
Their attractive uniforms and colorful flags, sometimes accompanied by colonial style music bring favorable publicity to the Society.
Color Guardsmen are frequently asked questions concerning their uniforms and equipment and have significant opportunities to educate the public on Revolutionary life, events and history.
Questions from the public are welcomed. Members not occupied with official duties are always willing to discuss the Revolution and uniforms of the time.
Consistent with the General Order of Oct. 2, 1779, the official uniform of the Virginia Society Color Guard is a blue wool uniform coat with red facings, white wool or linen breeches or overalls (overalls preferred) and waistcoats, and a black tricorn hat with white trim.
However, militia-hunting shirts with cocked, animal skin or round hats, or other colonial period clothing are often worn by members.
In South Boston, the event is certainly contributed to by their presence, and Virginia’s Color Guard leaves a lasting impression by those who attend.
Virginia’s SAR has approximately 100 Color Guardsmen, and attend around 100 events a year.
Persons with interest in participating in the Color Guard can get assistance and information by The Dan River Chapter or the SAR.