The Official Newsletter of the
Shenandoah Valley Chapter #313
Korean War Veterans Association
Volume 12, Issue 03
Paul E. Bombardier, Editor
Condolences to the Robertson Family.
Alfred D. “Bud” Robertson 1931-2019.
Obituary not available at time of printing. Chapter #313 member “Bud”, born November 7, 1931, passed away on February 14th, 2019 at the Blue Ridge Hospice Center in Winchester, VA.
February Meeting Highlights
At our Feb 12th meeting, guest speaker Col. William “Bill” Schwetke (retired), 2nd Vice President of VASSAR, gave an interesting presentation on the history of how our Revolutionary War lineage societies developed and evolved.
Briefly restated, in May of 1783, officers of the Continental Army met with the recommendations of General Henry Knox to
form a society of officers and their first-born sons. It became the Society of the Cincinnati.
There was a need to reunite after the Civil War as the centennial of our nation approached. Veterans of the Revolutionary War were dying off, and their sons were taking their places in parades. A desire to create a lineage society for the posterity of veterans emerged to be more inclusive than the Society of the Cincinnati.
With numerous iterations that sometimes included both women and men, the Sons of the American Revolution was born on April 30, 1889 and finalized on May 30, 1890 bonding various groups together as a unified body. The final version of the Sons of the Revolution was a male-only lineage organization.
That led a group of women to form the Daughters of the American Revolution on October 11, 1890. At the conclusion of the presentations, Mr. Schwetke was presented with a Chapter Challenge coin.