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CIC Update

Central Iowa Chapter (S.A.R.) members, Just a quick note of thanks to all who were able to attend the program atthe Iowa Historical Museum on Friday.  The celebration of the 201st birthdayof Abrahm Lincoln had many highlights. Among those were a wonderful AbrahamLincoln performance by Mr. Dehaan of Orange City, Iowa.  He is in my humbleopinion among the best Lincoln presenters in the world. (see attached photo) Our own Compatriot, Brig. General Steve Bogle presented a proclamation fromthe Governor to the Iowa Rifles Color Guard unit. (see attached photo). In addition to seeing and speaking with members of our own chapter, I hadthe great pleasure of seeing members of the DAR, CAR, SUVCW, SVR, MayflowerSociety, Civil War Rountable and Des Moines Historical Society. Members of the Central Iowa Color Guard had the pleasure of presentinginformation on the American Revolutionary War and answering questions for112 5th graders at Beaver Creek Elementary School in Johnston, Iowa. (seeattached photo). Last of all since it is Valentine’s Day I can’t resist sending a bit ofhistory on the topic, First American-Made Valentines Sold: February 14, 1849ON THIS DAY… …in 1849, the first American-made valentines were sold in Worcester.They were designed and made by Esther Howland, [...]

Soldiers Angels

To Compatriots of Iowa S.A.R., I received the below information from the spouse of webmasterand also the mother of the youngest IASSAR member.  It sounds like a greatidea to me.  I am going to at least reduce the number to 1,703 soldierswaiting.  If you would like to do likewise Amber’s email is listed at thebottom. Thanks, Mike Rowley———————————————————————————————————————————-“amber rowley” Did you know? Did you know there are currently 1,704 soldiers waiting with Soldier’sAngels to be adopted? 1,704 servicemen and women could really use somesupport and encouragement and a word of thanks from those of us that arestate side. I’d like to take a moment to encourage your friends, familymembers, co-workers, even children to get involved with SA. It only takes afew minutes every week to jot off a note to a soldier, even if it’s just apostcard to ask how they are doing and to let them know you are thinkingabout them. Care packages don’t have to be huge, even just a few smalltrinkets once or twice a month would be ok. The post office now offers free shipping materials and flat rates formilitary packages (I wish they’d done this when I was sending them to myhubby!). This is [...]

Newest Member

Congratulations (finally) to Dr. Bovenmyer. The newest member (approved 1-7-2010) of the Iowa Society of the Sons of theAmerican Revolution. Respectfully, Mike RowleyCentral Iowa Chapter, [...]

Free Event

COWLES LIBRARY is launching a multi-year initiative to promote theimportance of the democratic process as an instrument for managing thechallenges of the 21st century. Citizens Arise! From the Founding of a Nation to the Crisis of theUnionwill engage students, teachers and general public about theimportance ofglobal citizenship. Through exhibits, lectures and other specialprogramming, Cowles Library will promote historical awareness, responsiblediscourse and dissent, and focused efforts toward sustaining democraticinstitutions.* *January 21, 2010, 7 p.m.Cowles Library Reading Room**RONALD RIETVELD* has been a professor of history at California StateUniversity Fullerton since 1969. He holds an AB from Wheaton College, a BDmagna cum laude from Bethel Theological Seminary, and an AM and PhD from theUniversity of Illinois. He has been a student of Lincoln since the age of14, when he discovered the last photograph of Lincoln in 1952 in the Nicolaypapers of the Illinois State Historical Library. From 1981 to 1984, heserved as an academic advisor to the White House speech-writing staff underPresident Ronald Reagan. He continues to lecture and write extensively onLincoln and the American Civil War and is currently serving as a member ofthe Historical Advisory and Content Team for the Abraham LincolnPresidential Library and Museum in Springfield, IL. In addition, Rietveld [...]

Wreaths Across America 2009 AAR

I will limit my comments on the Wreaths Across America event at Woodlands Cemetery to the actual ceremony, participants and the days.Dr.  Francis Keith, COL USAR, Ret, of the IASSAR has been the chairman and driving force behind this program at Woodlands for the past couple of years and is better suited to discuss the actual mechanics. The WAA ceremony is always held the 2nd Saturday of December at 11:00 AM CST.  This is the exact same time for all 400 locations from Maine to California.Since Central Iowa was hit with one of the most extreme blizzards in a generation (16” of snow and 50 mph winds in Clive, Iowa) in the days just prior to our planned event, I did receive some calls questioning if we would proceed. To the credit of the members of the Iowa Rifles, the IASSAR and the Civil Air Patrol and other invited groups all willingly agreed that the ceremony should go on regardless of the conditions. A visit to the entrance of the cemetery, 24 hours prior to the scheduled event showed that it was completely blocked and had yet to have the snow cleared. It was also about that time that we [...]

Wreaths Across America 2009

Well it is nearly the 2nd Saturday in December, which means the "Wreaths Across America" project is coming soon again to Woodland Cemetery in Des Moines, Iowa (and 400 other locations from Maine to California). Two years ago there were only two members of the Iowa Sons of the American Revolution placing a few wreaths at Woodland Cemetery. Last year many of you came together with about 40 others and together we placed over 160 wreaths on the graves of veterans at Glendale and Woodland Cemetery. Southeast Iowans also honored veterans with a wonderful ceremony near Ottumwa. In Western Iowa 3 generations of one family also remembered and honored their Revolutionary War veteran ancestor with a wreath and a moment of silence. So on Saturday December 12, 2009 at 11:00 AM in Woodland Cemetery we will again be part of the Wreaths Across America Project. We invite all to join us to Remember the fallen: Honor those who serve; and teach our children the value of freedom. While we won't know until a couple of days before the ceremony how many wreaths we will have. We do know that we will have wreaths to honor each branch of the [...]

Honor Guard featured

The 49th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Co. A, SUV Honor Guard has been featured in the November 2009 Iowa Battle Flag Project newsletter. See the full article {source 0}here{/source}. It is also available in the Documents [...]
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