No MESSAR member events are scheduled until first quarter of 2015 in order to give the Board of Managers time to schedule and hold exploratory meetings for the creation of chapters in three geographies: Portland, Augusta, Bangor. It is anticipated these meetings may occur in the month of November, 2014. Please watch your mail for notifications.
Welcome to the Maine Sons of the American Revolution
On November 9th we concluded our yearly schedule of state meetings with a delicious buffet luncheon at the Sea dog restaurant on the bank of the historic Penobscot River in Bangor. The featured presenter was Dr. Liam Riordan who teaches at the University of Maine in Orono, where he specializes in studies about the American Revolution era and efforts to separate from Britain and start an independent country. He presented historical evidence that the Province of Maine pioneers were not all rebellionists; many had productive and even lucrative businesses or jobs that depended on friendly trade with fellow British businesses, and so were not keen on separation.
We are looking forward to a full schedule during 2014 that will have five state meetings, and we will be organizing three Maine chapters for different geographical sections of the state. In addition to the meetings, we continue 1) participation by our color guard at civic and patriotic events, 2) locating and marking Revolutionary patriots' graves, and 3) the Boy Scout Eagle awards and scholarship program.
As SAR members we pledge at every meeting to reaffirm our belief in the concept of Liberty, the Republic form of government, and to defend against all Foes, foreign and domestic; over the last one hundred years we have had plenty of both, and in the current 21st century maybe more than ever. We also remind ourselves of our obligations to our Forefathers' vision and our need to teach and defend the Constitution and the necessity of an independent Supreme Court.
As the calendar turns another page, with a new year of opportunity and optimism upon us, let each member commit to increasing our outreach by inviting one more friend or relative to join the Maine SAR: a brother, a cousin, a son, or a nephew. If you are not a member of the Maine society SAR yet, and if you have feelings that "more needs to be done to honor and re-establish our Founders' vision," please give us a call. Or, come to one or two meetings and let us help you with your genealogical research to locate your Revolutionary ancestor so you can become a patriot member of the Maine Sons of the American Revolution.
The next meeting will be in February to celebrate our first general, George Washington. Hope to see you there.
Yours in Patriotism, David L. Manchester, President, MESSAR
Maine In 1776- At the time of the American Revolution, Maine, not a State until 1820, was part of Massachusetts. Because of Maine's remoteness from the authorities in Boston and the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, the inhabitants received little military support despite the proximity of the British across the border in Canada and constant pressure from the Royal Navy along the coast. Apart from Benedict Arnold's ill-fated expedition to Quebec through the wilderness of western Maine, most military action took place up and down the vulnerable coast.
The memorial above was placed at Valley Forge by the Maine Sons of the American Revolution in the early part of the 20th century.
Please look at some links regarding the Revolutionary War in Maine.
Also visit our Facts page for more information about the Revolutionary War in Maine