Remembering William Harry Lees

William Harry Lees of Boone, Iowa has passed away. Bill Lees served as¬†Iowa SAR President in 1981.¬† He was active in leadership positions and¬†membership recruitment and¬†was presented¬†with the Minuteman Medal from the National Society,¬† S.A. R.¬† That award is the highest award presented to a Compatrtiot for active and distinguished service rendered to the National¬†Society.¬† Annually at the Spring Leadership Meeting,¬†the Minuteman¬† Committee selects and announces¬†no more than six recipients in the nation¬†for the current year.¬† The President General presents the award during the Minuteman Ceremony¬†at the National Congress.¬† It is not presented in¬†abstentia.¬† A¬†Compatriot can receive the¬†Minuteman Award only once in his lifetime. William Harry Lees¬† Feb 9, 1921 –¬† June 19, 2018 He will be dearly [...]

On this day in History: The American Revolution begins, April 19, 1775

From Wikipedia: On April 18, 1775, 700 troops were sent to confiscate militia ordnance stored at Concord. Fighting broke out, forcing the regulars to conduct a fighting withdrawal to Boston. Overnight, the local militia converged on and laid siege to Boston. On March 25, 4,500 British reinforcements arrived with generals William Howe, John Burgoyne, and Henry Clinton. The British seized the Charlestown peninsula on June 17 after a costly frontal assault, leading Howe to replace Gage. Many senior officers were dismayed at the attack, which had gained them little, while Gage wrote to London stressing the need for a large army to suppress the revolt. On July 3, George Washington took command of the Continental Army besieging Boston. Howe made no effort to attack, much to Washington’s surprise. A plan was rejected to assault the city, and the Americans instead fortified Dorchester Heights in early March 1776 with heavy artillery captured from a raid on Fort Ticonderoga. The British were permitted to withdraw unmolested on March 17, and they sailed to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Washington then moved his army to New York. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Revolutionary_War [...]
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