Activities for children by Samuels Public Library for the month of September – Royal Examiner
On August 20, 2022, Colonel James Wood II (CJWII) and Sergeant Major John Champe (SMJC) Chapters of the Northern Region Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution successfully co-sponsored a Color Guard training workshop. The training took place at VFW Post 1177 in Leesburg and began with a reminder that safety is everyone’s responsibility, whether the event is a workshop or a formal ceremony.
Musket safety checks were carried out throughout the session. All attendees were briefed on hydration and heat safety, how to check an event site for ground, air and brush hazards, and the importance of a map Virginia SAR Emergency Call Center complete and up-to-date.
Individuals received training in firing a black powder musket and had the opportunity to fire under command. They were instructed in the proper method of carrying and displaying the musket on ceremonial occasions and safety at all times while carrying a weapon. Participants received training in the proper handling of black powder and the process of loading and firing the musket.
Sean Carrigan was the color guard commander and security officer, with Dale Corey and Marc Robinson giving training presentations on security and flag etiquette. Sean Carrigan and Robinson provided training in proper procedures for firing black powder.
Three SAR chapters were represented. From Colonel James Wood II were Sean Carrigan, Dale Corey, Paul Christensen, John Petrie, Richard Tyler and potential member Bill Weiss. Sgt Maj John Champe was represented by Ken Bonner, Steve Riddle, Barry Schwoerer and Mark Sink. Colonel William Grayson’s chapter involved Andrew Mills and Jack Mills.