The Genl George Rogers Clark Chapter Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) held its 23rd annual Flag Award Ceremony at the Madison County (Illinois) Court House in Edwardsville on Nov. 7. The ceremony is part of the chapter’s efforts to promote patriotism and love of country.
This year’s recipients were Gary and Linda Henson, Pin Oak Township; Robert and Dianne Parker, Collinsville Township; Gary and Pat Criley, Edwardsville Township; Jack and Deborah Baker, Jarvis Township; Lucille Rakers, St. Jacob Township; and Larry and Patricia Goodwin, Saline Township. Also recognized but not present were: Monty Newberry, Chouteau Township; Stephanie Sendabaugh, Granite City Township; Bill Sullivan, Helvetia Township; Don and Louise Pendegrass, Marine Township; Carl and Sara Stratton, Nameoki Township; and Ora Leonard, Venice Township.
Special thanks were given to members of the Madison County Court who attended the ceremony, lending importance to the event.
The Genl George Rogers Clark Chapter has been active in the local area since its organization in February 1986. Chapter activities include sponsorship of a Little League team, honoring heroic deeds of first responders and brave citizens, recognizing JROTC and ROTC cadets, recognizing outstanding American history teachers and Outstanding Citizens from high schools, participating in Wreaths Across America, honoring Eagle Scouts, and identifying and marking Revolutionary War patriot graves. Additional information is available on the chapter website http://ggrc-sar-il.org/ or by calling Jim DeGroff, 667-8660.