Articles by Patrick Lant

Rittel receives Good Citizenship Award

The Iowa Society of the SAR awarded member Ron Rittel the Bronze Good Citizenship award for his projects of identifying, documenting, photographing, placing on a website for public viewing  and transcribing the graves of the last Civil War veteran in each of Iowa’s 99 counties.  In addition to that project Compatriot Rittel is also working to photograph the charters for each of the G.A.R. posts in Iowa.  They numbered over 50 at one time   Photo- left to right Ron Rittel, SAR member and SUVCW Iowa Department Commander Danny Krock and Iowa SAR Past President Volney Smith [...]

Iowa State Fair Parade

Iowa SAR entry in the 2015.  Red Mustang convertible is owned and driven by forever young Iowa SAR member Volney Smith, Past President and current Secretary and Treasurer of the Iowa SAR.  Riding with Volney were DAR members Kathryn Smith (his daughter), Judy McNamara and Alberta M [...]

“Keep the Spirit of ’45 Alive”

Iowa SAR is often involved in programs that honor those who served during the Revolutionary War.   On Sunday August 16, 2015 several of our members joined in a celebration that was little closer to home in place and time.     The “Keep the Spirit of ’45 Alive” program was held at the Iowa veterans Cemetery in Van Meter, Iowa as well as other locations in nearly all states and National Veterans cemeteries.   It was not only a chance for many of my generation to honor their own family members that served during WWII and have passed but also a chance to meet, embrace and personally thank WWII veterans in person.   I met Calvin Beam of Nevada, Iowa who if I understood correctly, enlisted shortly out of high school and was involved in over 20 battles of what he termed “his free world tour.”     While he was not one of those up on the stage with the local dignitaries he was one of many of the quiet heroes in the crowd on this bright sunny Iowa afternoon.  While comments were made by the speakers it was not uncommon to see those veterans in the crowd getting [...]

Patriot Gravestone Project

We are building a database of Patriots with gravestones in Iowa. As we want this listing to be as complete as possible, please browse through our spreadsheet and photos and let us know if you have any leads on additional Patriots. By opening the spreadsheet on a PC, you can perform a keyword search to locate Patriots by name, county, etc. Additional information: http://iassar.org/page/14/ http://iassar.org/page/15/ http://iassar.org/page/16/ http://iassar.org/page/17/ Patriot Gravestone [...]
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