Washington's Birthday Saturday, February 22, 2014
Where: To Be Announced
Patriot's Day and Annual Meeting Saturday, April 12, 2014
Where: Seasons Grille: behind Howard Johnson Plaza Portland, 155 Riverside Street I-95 Exit 48 Portland, ME 04103 Phone: (207) 775-6536
Member Event Saturday, September 21, 2014
Where: To Be Announced
Armistice Day Saturday, November 8, 2014
Where: To Be Announced
The Maine Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (MESSAR) is the state affiliate for the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR). It was organized in Portland in 1891. The preliminary meeting was held February 21; a proposed Constitution and By-Laws were presented for consideration February 28, and were adopted March 14. The election of officers followed March 28.
Any man shall be eligible for membership in the Maine Society Sons of the American Revolution who: Being of the age of eighteen years or over and a citizen of good repute in the community, is the lineal descendant of an ancestor who was at all times unfailing in loyalty to and rendered active service in, the cause of American independence, either as an: officer, soldier, seaman, marine, militiaman or Minuteman, in the armed forces of the Continental Congress, or of any one of the several Colonies or States; or as a Signer of the Declaration of Independence, or as a member of a Committee of Safety or Correspondence; or as a member of any Continental, Provincial, or Colonial Congress or Legislature; or as a recognized patriot who performed actual service by overt acts of resistance to the authority of Great Britain.
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