National Society Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR) Guardsmen, The National Color Guard staff cordially invites you to honor our Patriot Commander In Chief, General George Washington, by joining us at Mt Vernon for the annual Tomb Vigil on Saturday September 17th, 2022.
Information on the event is available below and at:
09-17-2022 – Color Guardsmen Informaton – Washington Tomb Vigil 09-17-2022 – NSSAR Guardsmen Invitation to the Washington Tomb Vigil
09-17-2022 – Color Guardsmen Informaton – Washington Tomb Vigil
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For those willing to take the journey, we look forward to seeing you there for this great annual event!
Information on the Tomb:
George Washington died in his bedchamber at Mount Vernon on December 14, 1799.
His last will outlined his desire to be buried at home at Mount Vernon. Washington additionally made provisions for a new brick tomb to be constructed after his death, which would replace the original yet quickly deteriorating family burial vault.
In 1831, Washington’s body was transferred to the new tomb, along with the remains of Martha Washington and other family members.
Today, the gently wooded enclosure that surrounds the Washingtons’ final resting place is a lovely, fitting space to pay homage to the Father of Our Country and the first First Lady.
A famous quote from George Washington:
“A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty is more pressing than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?”
– George Washington
Please note that this is a somber event, please read the following regarding interactions and expectations of exchanges with the guards:
Narrative for the Posting of the Guard
(to be read aloud by the Commander of the Guard prior to each posting)
Ladies and Gentlemen, we are the National Color Guard of the Sons of the American Revolution, a lineage society dedicated to the preservation of our American Colonial era history and the ideals of the founding of this great nation.
We are here today standing vigil at the tomb of General George Washington, the first President of our United States, and the father of our nation.
This is an Honor Guard and while you may speak to and have your pictures taken with the Tomb Guards, they will not respond to your questions or move from their post.
Feel free to come and speak to us about our organization and have pictures taken with our guards when they are off shift.
Come one, come all to honor the legacy of one of our Founding Fathers and our first President!