Williamson College of the Trades
Flag P0le Project
Williamson College of the Trades is currently pursuing a new project on its historic campus. The project, to be located alongside the college’s new $21 million Wesley Student Center, is envisioned to incorporate three flagpoles, one at approximately 32 feet for the American Flag, and two at approximately 30 feet for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Williamson flag. Alongside the three flagpoles, there will be a raised pedestal to support a plague dedicating the adjacent turf athletic field to Joseph L. and Marion M. Wesley who donated the funds for the new student center. Both the flagpoles and the pedestal will be located on a raised foundation with appropriate lighting and surrounding landscaping.
The project is being sponsored by the Williamson Class of 2024 in partnership with the Sons of the American Revolution. Students from the Class will begin designing the project this coming fall. Once the construction design has been completed and approved by the College, Williamson students will purchase the required materials and construct the project. A plaque has been prepared which will be prominently displayed recognizing the contributions and partnership of the Williamson Class of 2024 and the Sons of the American Revolution.
Flag Holders for
Betsy Ross Flags
Compatriots are invited to assist in purchasing flag holders for Philadelphia cemeteries. The approximate cost of each flag holder is $16.
Philadelphia Continental Chapter
Sons of the American Revolution
PCCSAR Color Guard
marking the 100th Washington's Birthday celebration at the Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary Soldier at Washington Square on 19 Feb 2022
Who We Are
The Philadelphia Continental Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution began as the Philadelphia Chapter on
March 29, 1901. In December, 1927, Chapter members from Germantown, Philadelphia established a separate "Continental" Chapter. Then in 1958, the two chapters merged. Philadelphia Continental Chapter is the largest chapter in the state, and one of the five largest chapters in the National Society. In its 117-year history, the Chapter's Compatriots have engaged in a wide range of patriotic, educational, and historical activities.
In 1922, its Board of Management commended the Philadelphia mayor for vetoing a City Council bill which would have allowed for the temporary removal of the Liberty Bell to other sections of the country.
In 1976, it hosted the National Society's Annual Congress for the 200th Anniversary of the signing of the Declaration.
The Chapter has donated funds to organizations which support and celebrate the American Revolution, including:
- Major commitment to the new Museum of the American Revolution in downtown Philadelphia,
- Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund toward the purchase of the 45-acre battlefield site in Malvern, Pennsylvania
- Washington Square restoration
- Washington Rochambeau Revolutionary Route in Pennsylvania (W3R-PA)
- Washington Memorial Chapel at Valley Forge National Park restoration
- Chapter Compatriots place individual Betsy Ross 13-star flags on close to 1500 Revolutionary graves annually.
Our Color Guard, dressed in Continental Army uniforms, is often seen at ceremonies around the area.
The Chapter presents awards to deserving Eagle Scouts and to R.O.T.C. cadets in nearby high schools and universities, and participates in parades and ceremonies.
The Chapter provides scholarships to area college students attending area schools and studying U.S. history, government, or specified related fields.
For the year 2021, dues for the Chapter are $25.00. This, combined with the $25.00 dues of the State Society and the $35.00 of the National Society, brings total SAR annual dues to $85.00. Life memberships are available.
Chapter headquarters, like the State Society's, move with its Secretary's residence.
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