The following information is from the National Society Color Guard Commander Rabord:
National Society SAR Color Guardsmen,
The National Color Guard staff cordially invites you to honor our patriot commander and join us at Mt Vernon for the annual George Washington Tomb Vigil of Saturday September 18th.
The Colonial Fair is still going on this weekend and tours of the Visitor Center & Book Store, and Mount Vernon are available if you have never been, maximize the opportunity! Walk around, visit the vendors, see the reenactors of the infantry, artillery, and cavalry units there in their full uniforms with all their equipment, and for Heaven’s sake, be flexible. This is supposed to be fun!
Please distribute this information to all interested parties.
To signup for a shift(s) please use the following link
Like all plans it will likely not survive first contact. There will be no shows and walk ups and guys will get stuck in traffic, so expect that and be prepared to adjust as you go forward.
We have reserved a block of rooms at the
Hampton Inn & Suites Ft. Belvoir/Mt Vernon, on Friday Sept. 17th for $99 a night.
Group Name: NCCAR Color Guard
Group Code: ncg
Hotel Name: Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Belvoir Alexandria South
Hotel Address: 8843 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, Virginia 22309
Phone Number: 1-703-619-7026
For those wishing to stay at the hotel, we will meet around 6:30 and travel to one of the local restaurants. (Plans are difficult to finalize as Virginia still has stringent COVID rules in effect).
We have again been given permission to bring our weapons, under the following stipulations:
Commanders may wear their swords, all blunted edged and only removed from their sheaths when marching the guard. No other knives will be allowed. Muskets may be carried by the guard as they march and stand guard at the tomb. No powder, ball or bayonets are to be brought onto the property. There will be a safety check performed in the parking lot before any guardsmen can move any further on the property. All muskets must always be in the control of guardsmen and all additional national weapons safety rules are to be followed.
Due to the steepness of the hill from the Estate to the tomb we have decided on a long and short march for the guard. On the hour there will be a long march followed by short marches that will start near the bottom of the tomb. Please consider your ability to march up an 800ft 4 percent grade if signing up for the long march. This year the signup sheet is being handled online. Please use the following link:
We will again be able to park near the Ann Pamela Cunningham Building.
I will bring some drinks, water, and snacks with me. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I also can plan for guardsmen who would like to tour the estate. Please let me know of your interest by September 3rd.
We look forward to seeing you at the end of summer in beautiful Mt. Vernon.
C. Louis Raborg Jr.
NSSAR National Color Guard Commander
NSSAR National Vice Commander
K. Scott Collins
NSSAR National 1st Adjutant
NSSAR National 2nd Adjutant