The Award Winning Newsletter of the Nebraska Society
At the 2016 National Convention, the Nebraka Society Newsletter won
1st place in the Jennings H Flathers Newsletter Contest. The award is
given for the best news publication in a state society with fewer than
500 members. Congratulations to the Editor Robert Knott and Publisher
William Webb. Along with the honor or being recognized for their
excellence, a cash award of $250 was presented.
Bob and Bill work tirelessly to publish and distribute 4 issues of the
Husker Patriot each year since 2010.
At the 2014 National Convention, the Nebraska Society Newsletter
won Honerable Mention in the Jennings J Flathers Award.
ABOUT THE NESSAR COLOR GUARD
The Nebraska Society Sons of the American Revolution (NESSAR) Color Guard is a volunteer activity for members of the Omaha and Lincoln Chapters of the SAR. These compatriots attend both SAR and community events properly attired as Continental Army soldiers, Militiamen, or Revolution-era clergy.
The SAR Color Guard seeks to visibly promote the stated objectives of the National SAR, which is to be Historical, Patriotic, and Educational. Every time the SAR Color Guard makes a public appearance, the members fulfill all 3 objectives.
In fact, the NESSAR Color Guards are one of the most visible and effective public relations tools available to the Sons of the American Revolution!
THE COLOR GUARD IN HISTORY
The Color Guard of the 21st century is primarily ceremonial in terms of purpose and duty. However, the origins of the Color Guard are based in military practicality. The following is a concise history of the origin of the Color Guard.
During the 18th and 19th centuries,flags were commonly referred to as “the Colors.” These colors were of primary importance to the military regiment or brigade as the line of battle was formed around the colors of the unit which were placed at the center of the line. These colors were easily seen through the smoke of battle. If the colors advanced, the line would advance. If the colors
retired, the line would retire. As battles would progress and casualties mounted, the line would contract to the colors. In effect, the colors would serve as a rallying point if the line was broken or the men became dispersed. Thus, success in battle was often dependent on the handling of the colors.
The importance of the colors was so significant that a ceremony was performed before battle called “The Trooping of the Colors.” The men of the regiment or brigade were assembled on the parade ground in camp and the colors were paraded before them. This way, each man would see and thus be certain of his colors before taking the field of battle.
Likewise, while there could be many diverse objectives in a battle, one of the most important was capturing of the colors of the enemy unit. This would deprive the enemy of their primary means of control and rallying point during the battle. To prevent this, regiments and brigades would select the most valiant men to protect the colors and color bearer. These men comprised the “Color’s Guard,” a posting of great honor and source of pride. As in years past, this posting continues to be a position of honor.
FORMATION OF A COLOR GUARD
The optimum minimum number of men that form a Color Guard unit consists of four (4) men:
- Two (2) Color Bearers who carry the United States National Flag and the State or SAR Flag;
- Two (2) Musketeers or Riflemen who escort the Color Bearers.
(It is understood that many state and chapter Color Guards do not have Musketeers or Riflemen.)
A Color Guard may consist of a minimum of three (3) members with at least one Musketeer or Rifleman marching to the right of the National Colors. The left side of the National Colors should be covered either by a second Musketeer or Rifleman or another Color Bearer who would carry another flag (most often the state flag). In either situation, the Commander of the Color Guard will either be the Musketeer guarding the National Colors or the Guardsman carrying the National Colors. As the Color Guard grows, the Commander will march ahead of the National Colors separate from any other rank.
In general, items such as uniforms and uniform accessories are purchased by the individual Color Guardsman. In the SAR Color Guard, we permit both Continental and Militia uniforms. Continental Army Uniform. The first and most recognizable uniform is the Continental Army uniform. The men are typically uniformed in the familiar tricorn hat, blue coat and knee breeches or fall-front trousers identified with the soldiers of the regular army during the Revolution.
The second type is the Militia uniform. There is no set uniform associated with the Militia. As in the time of the Revolution, the Militia consisted of everyday men who wore the clothes that they wore in normal everyday activity when called to service. As such, there is more leeway in the type of clothing that the Militia Color Guard wears.
With respect to the uniform that is worn, many Color Guardsmen choose to wear a uniform similar to that worn by their patriot ancestor(s). However, this requires that the Color Guard member have performed the necessary research to determine the details of the uniform. This is necessary since, while the blue coat was predominate, the coat could have a different facing color on the cuffs and collar, depending where the soldier was from and the hat could vary from unit to unit.
With respect to the Continental uniform, the basic uniform consists of the following:
- A tricorn hat;
- A blue coat with either a buff, red or white facing and trim;
- White shirt and waistcoat;
- White or buff knee britches or fall-front trousers;
- Buckle shoes;
- A pair of white gloves.
With respect to the Militia uniform, the basic uniform consists of the following:
- A hat – either tricorn or round;
- A hunting shirt;
- A white or checkered shirt;
- Long britches or fall-front trousers;
- Shoes (not necessarily buckle since the long pants leg will cover the buckle area).
While these are the basics for each uniform, variations will exist and participation will not be discouraged based on these variations.
UNIFORM RESEARCH AND SUPPLIES
The NESSAR Color Guard seeks to promote patriotism and educate the public about the American Revolution.
A big part of this is demonstrating how the patriots were uniformed and equipped.
There was a great variety of uniforms and clothing used in the American Revolution. As such, we don’t limit our Color Guard members to dress in the same uniform.
During engagements such as the Siege of Boston, the Battle of Saratoga, the Battle of Trenton, etc., the American patriots had a wide variety of clothing ranging from hunting frocks to lottery coats, from cavalry caps to artillery helmets, to the everyday 1770s civilian wardrobe, and everything in between!
JOIN A CHAPTER COLOR GUARD TODAY!
My name is Chad Sherrets and I am organizing the Omaha SAR Color Guard, and the NESSAR Color Guard Commander.
In 2015, the Omaha and Lincoln Chapters agreed to form a Color Guard units as many other hapters around the United States have. Combined, the Chapter units form the NESSAR Color Guard. We plan to participate in events such as Memorial Day, Independence Day, award presentations, and educational presentations to students and scouts.
If you are interested in joining us in this fun activity, feel free to contact us at either email address below.
Omaha SAR Color Guard Captain
NESSAR Color Guard Commander
Lincoln SAR Color Guard Captain
The SAR is a historical, educational, and patriotic organization that focuses on the American Revolution. As a part of our educational outreach, the SAR conducts several programs across the country. Some of our most active programs are targeted to our future leaders, our children and those who are educators. For an overview of all the programs that the NESAR participats in click the button.
You can help make the dream of our patriot ancestors a reality by joining and participating in our programs to sustain the system of representative government and participatory democracy that they fought with words and weapons to create.
INTERESTED IN MEMBERSHIP?
The SAR is a “lineage” society. This means that each member has traced their family tree back to a point of having an ancestor who supported the cause of American Independence during the years 1774-1783.
Do You Have A Patriot Ancestor?
If you already know that you have such an ancestor, then you may want to read “Why We Join” on the National SAR website.
If you aren’t sure whether any of your ancestors lived in the United States during the Revolution, don’t lose heart. Many people who never set foot in the United States supported the American colonists struggle against British domination — for example the king of Spain. Many patriots or their descendants moved to foreign lands and their descendants moved back later, not knowing their ancestors were here before. Many French, German, and Spanish soldiers and sailors fought in support of American independence and returned home without making their descendants aware of their participation in gaining American independence.
Suppose You Don’t?
Even if you do not identify an ancestor who participated in the struggle for American Independence you can still have hours of fun searching for information on your ancestors. Getting involved in your genealogy usually produces interesting family stories and an improved appreciation for the problems and opportunities that your ancestors had to deal with. While the lack of a documented patriot ancestor will prevent you from joining the SAR, there are many other societies that can help you explore your family history, meet other people of the same lineage that you have, and support the political institutions that make the United States a great nation.
The NSSAR Bylaws do not provide for “associate members.” Chapters and State Societies may have “associates” or “friends” who attend meetings, march in parades with the color guard or generally support the chapter. However, the term “members” is reserved for gentlemen whose documented lineage has been approved by the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. A chapter or State Society shall not collect dues from an associate, but may collect the actual cost of printing and mailing a chapter or State Society newsletter.
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.
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