President James Madison Grave Marking - Montpelier

September 17, 2003

Some 100 Compatriots, ladies of the DAR, members of the C.A.R., spouses and significant others converged on Montpelier in Orange, VA, on Constitution Day, September 17, 2003, to mark the grave of President James Madison. It was the first time the SAR had recognized the patriot service of Madison during the Revolutionary War. The program was the brainchild of Culpeper Minute Men Chapter President Jim Bayne and quickly spread to the Virginia Society and the National Society.

Treasurer General Roland Downing of the Delaware Society and a dual member of the Col. Fielding Lewis Chapter represented the National organization and delivered the memorial address. Other national officers in attendance were Registrar General Chuck Bragg of Indiana (another CFL dual member), Librarian General Dick Austin and Mid-Atlantic District Vice President General Andy Johnson.  NSSAR Executive Director Jim Randall also attended.


President Bob Bowen presented a memorial wreath, escorted by members of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Honor Guard.


Jim Randall, VPG Andy Johnson, Treasurer General Roland Downing, Registrar General Chuck Bragg, Librarian General Dick Austin.

CFL Chaplain Jim Griffes, CFL President Bob Bowen and John Gilmer.

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