- our award programs
- youth Award Programs
- Public Service Awards
- American History Teacher Award
- Flag Certificate
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.
Here you will find a list of the programs that the NESSAR participates in, and a brief description of each. Click on the programs title to learn more about that particular program.
Open to all Eagle Scouts who are currently registered in an active unit and have not reached their 19th birthday during the year of application. The year that Eagle was awarded is not restricted. Three cash scholarship awards are given: As the National First Place winner – $10,000.00; Runner-up – $6,000.00; 2nd runner-up – $4,000.00.
The NESSAR awards $500 to the Nebraska winner.
The SAR awards the ROTC Medal to foster the principle of the “citizen-soldier”, exemplified by the Minutemen of Revolutionary War days. This award is presented by a Chapter, a State Society, or the National Society to ROTC or JROTC cadets who are selected for having a high degree of merit with respect to leadership qualities, military bearing and general excellence.
Law Enforcement Award
Recognizes an individual for exceptional service or accomplishment in the field of law enforcement.
Fire Safety Award
Recognizes an individual for accomplishments and/or outstanding contributions in an area of fire safety and service. The award is not limited to firefighters.
Emergency Medical Technician Award
Recognizes an individual for accomplishments and/or outstanding contribution in an area of emergency medical services.
Dr. Tom & Betty Lawrence American History Teacher Award
The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) invites all American history teachers, whose approved curriculum teaches students about the Revolutionary War era from 1750 to 1800, to apply for the Dr. Tom & Betty Lawrence American History Teacher Award. The award is open to all teachers at the middle or high school levels at a recognized public, private, or parochial institution. While the preliminary rounds of the award program begin at the local level, teachers may eventually advance to the state or national levels, eventually held in June during the annual SAR Congress.
The American History Teacher Award recognizes educators who distinguish themselves in the addressing the history of the American Revolution. Teacher candidates interested in entering the local SAR Chapter contest must complete the required application and submit a written essay of not less than 500 words discussing the importance of teaching the American Revolutionary era. The essay may also describe any extraordinary teaching techniques or innovative projects utilized by the teacher to teach the American Revolution. The contest is aimed at identifying a teacher who is still actively teaching and who is in the early stages of his or her career, therefore having many years of productive classroom teaching remaining. The award winner will receive his or her choice of a professional educational opportunity at a national seminar, including the Freedoms Foundation Summer Teacher Graduate Workshop at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania; the Colonial Williamsburg Summer Teacher Workshop in Williamsburg, Virginia; the Jefferson Symposium at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia; or the SAR Annual Conference on the American Revolution (all valued at $1,400 including tuition, room and board, and transportation). The winning teacher will then bring back to their classroom and students a heightened level of creativity and enthusiasm for the American Revolutionary era. A complete set of rules, along with the application for both the applicant and the sponsoring SAR members, can be found below. Please be aware that the local application deadline dates may vary, so interested applicants should reach out to their local SAR chapter for further details.
Appications for the Nebraska Society are due by December 1st of each year.
The Flag Certificate, authorized in 1987, is presented to individuals, companies and government agencies that fly the United States flag for patriotic purposes only. It is not to be given to any commercial enterprise that obviously flies it for advertising purposes.
It can be presented by a chapter, state or the National Society.
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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