The Tucson Chapter now has an active and enthusiastic Color Guard,
formed in late 2009 under the able leadership of Compatriot George
Lipphardt. We have already participated in a number of local, state
and national SAR events, and in local and state civic events by invitation.
Two of our members represented the State in national color Guard activities
in 2010: the Pegasus Parade in Louisville in April and the National
Congress in Cleveland in June.
Are you looking for folks dressed in authentic American Revolutionary War Uniforms?
If you are associated with a Tucson-area school and would like our Color Guard to come to your school for an event, or to attend a classroom discussion on the American Revolution:
If your organization is having an event that you believe that our Color Guard may be able to add some interest and color to contact either Rick Collins, Color Guard Commander; firstname.lastname@example.org , 520-760-8350, or Dr. Ruddell Byrd, III, Vice Commander of the Color Guard, email@example.com., via email to see if we can assist you.
Compatriots, the long-awaited book, "Patriot Ancestor Stories" is now available for purchase. See the cover and other information. President Lyons has put together a 110-page book with 39 ancestor stories of our chapter members. Contact President Lyons firstname.lastname@example.org and request a copy. They are only $20.00.
The Tucson Color Guard group: from top left, Gerald Lawford, George Lipphardt (State Commander), John Niemeyer, Rick Collins, Jim Kimbrough (Chapter President), James Williamson and Al Niemeyer. From Bottom Left: Christopher Francis, William Aurand, John Lyons (Chapter Commander) and Abraham Byrd III (Vice Commander).
On April 20th, 2012, at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, the Tucson Chapter Color Guard participated with military and veterans organizations in a solemn burial of cremated veteran's remains, known as the Missing in American Project (MIAP).
The Services presented the cremation urns for dedication and prayer to the platform. Later, the urns were marched to the Columbarium where the Tucson Chapter Color Guard fired a salute before interment. MIAP locates unclaimed cremated remains of veterans for proper military burial with full military honors.
Picture was taken by Betsy Kimbrough.
The Color Guard participated in the fifth annual Casa Grande Veteran's Day Parade on November 5, 2011 and won the Best Marching Unit in the parade. The Guard received the plaque above on the right. This is the second year in a row the Color Guard has won this award!
The Tucson Chapter Color Guard participated in the Naturalization Ceremony at the Federal Courthouse. We Post the Colors to begin each ceremony, and then greet each new citizen afterwards as they leave the room. The court appreciates our participation, and we feel honored to be able to be a part of the ceremony.
The Tucson Chapter Color Guard participated in the annual Flag Day Ceremony at the SaddleBrooke Retirement Community, June 14, 2010.
The Chapter Color Guard was represented by Commander George Lipphardt and Mike Pavlich (who was wearing his Army Cavalry Uniform).
We were honored to be asked to be Flag Escorts for two of the many flags, that have been flown over our Country.
Pictures taken by Al Niemeyer and Lucy Pavlich.
The Tucson Chapter Color Guard again participated in the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Evergreen Cemetery (Oracle Road & Ft. Lowell Road) which is organized each year by the American Legion Morgan McDermott Post 7. Each year our Color Guard assists in beginning the program by Posting the Colors. Later during the ceremony our Color Guard fires a musket salute, followed by “mourn arms” during the playing of Taps.
We get a tremendous amount of patriotism to be able to help with this beautiful ceremony, to honor our Veterans.
Participating this year are: Mike Pavlich (in his Army Calvary uniform), James Williamson, Al & John Niemeyer, George Lipphardt, and Dr. Rudy Byrd.
Compatriots John Lyons, George Lipphardt, and Dr. Rudy Byrd (from left to right) talking to a class of 4th graders, at the St. Ambrose School in Tucson, on March 25, 2010. Picture taken by Al Niemeyer.
On February 21 and 22, 2010, a very rare copy of a Declaration of Independence Broadside was on display in Tucson, at the Arizona Historical Society. This document was typeset on July 4-5, 1776 by printer John Dunlap, and is only one of 26 original first printings of the Declaration of Independence known to exist.
There is more to this story: As of 1989, only 24 copies of the "Dunlap broadsides" were known to exist, until a flea market shopper bought a framed painting for only four dollars. While inspecting a tear in the painting, the owner discovered this folded Dunlap broadside behind it. This 25th copy of the Dunlap broadside was authenticated by Sotheby's and an independent expert.
In June 2000, the document was purchased by renowned television and film producer Norman Lear and a friend on Sotheby's online auction. Of the 25 surviving copies of the Dunlap Broadside, 21 copies belong to universities, historical societies, public libraries and city halls. The remaining four are in private hands, although promised to public collections. The Lear's now own the document outright.
Attending this historic event were Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Gifford and Tucson Mayor Walkup. Helping add some history and color to this event from SAR, were Compatriots Dr. Rudy Byrd, John Lyons and George Lipphardt
During the event, we all had ample opportunities to talk to the crowds of people (many were school children) about the significance of the document, the American Revolution, our uniforms and of course our muskets (everyone was interested in the muskets).