Sons of the American Revolution was established to honor those Patriots who sacrificed so much that we could be independent and free. The South Shore Chapter, SAR was chartered October 5. 2013 by the Florida Society, Sons of the American Revolution.
Our local chapter is active in many activities and organizations in South Hillsborough and Northern Manatee Counties. These include:
- Support and Recognition of High School JROTC Programs
- Support and Recognition of the Eagle Scout Program of BSA
- Participation in local Patriotic and Veteran oriented programs and events
- Sponsorship of High School Historic and Patriotic Essay Contests
- Promoting the inclusion of Civics and American History in public schools.
Monthly luncheon meetings are held in Sun City Center Florida on the second Saturday of every month, except June, July and August.
The Origins of the SAR
In 1876 there were many celebrations to commemorate the centennial of the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. As part of this patriotic fervor, a group of men in the San Francisco, California, area who were descendants of patriots involved in the American Revolution, formed an organization called the Sons of Revolutionary Sires. Their objective was to have a fraternal and civic society to salute those men and women who pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to the battle for independence from Great Britain. They desired to keep alive their ancestors’ story of patriotism and courage in the belief that it is a universal one of man’s struggle against tyranny — a story which would inspire and sustain succeeding generations when they would have to defend and extend our freedoms. Out of the Sires grew the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, which was organized on April 30, 1889 — the 100th anniversary of the inauguration of George Washington as our nation’s first President. We have used the acronym SAR to identify ourselves for over 100 years. The SAR was conceived as a fraternal and civic society composed of lineal descendants of the men who wintered at Valley Forge, signed the Declaration of Independence, fought in the battles of the American Revolution, served in the Continental Congress, or otherwise supported the cause of American Independence. The National Society was chartered by an Act of the United States Congress on June 9, 1906. The charter was signed by President Theodore Roosevelt, who was a member of the SAR. The charter authorizes the granting of charters to societies of the various states and territories and authorizes the state societies to charter chapters within their borders. Federal Legislation that established a federal charter for the National Society SAR.