April 18th – Patriot’s Day 2016

The Connecticut Line at Old North Bridge in Concord, Masschusetts

photos courtesy of Ken Panciocco

photos courtesy of Ken Panciocco

The current bridge is a 1956 replica of the original bridge from the 1760s.

The current bridge is a 1956 replica of the original bridge from the 1760s.

Concord Hymn

By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood
And fired the shot heard round the world.

The foe long since in silence slept;
Alike the conqueror silent sleeps;
And Time the ruined bridge has swept
Down the dark stream which seaward creeps.

On this green bank, by this soft stream,
We set to-day a votive stone;
That memory may their deed redeem,
When, like our sires, our sons are gone.

Spirit, that made those heroes dare
To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Real Property Stewart – Dave Packard – Featured in DAR Newsletter

Connecticut SAR Newsletter

The April 2016 edition of the CT-DAR Nathan Hale Memorial Chapter newsletter, “The Nathan Haler” included 3 articles related to Real Property Stewart, Dave Packard and our Connecticut SAR Museums. To view the complete newsletter, please click on the newsletter above.

United States Coast Guard Academy – Fall Award Ceremony

Photo caption:  From left, USCGA Superintendent  Rear Admiral James Rendon, First Class Cadet Caroline Miller  and Compatriot Robert Rivard

Photo caption: From left, USCGA Superintendent Rear Admiral James Rendon, First Class Cadet Caroline Miller and Compatriot and Past State President Robert Rivard

The Connecticut SAR worked with the United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) to establish the Nathan Hale Award. This is a cash award given to the cadet who excels in security studies. Providing the award is a way of recognizing the USCGA as the only service academy in Connecticut and thanking them for their continuing support of the Connecticut SAR by having cadets work on all three of our historic properties.

Naming the award after Nathan Hale is appropriate since the USCGA is in New London, as is one of the two locations where he taught. The Connecticut SAR owns both of these schoolhouses. Presenting the award to a cadet who excels in “Security Studies” connects us to Nathan Hale’s role as a spy.

On September 26, 2015, the Connecticut SAR presented its first annual Nathan Hale Award at the USCGA’s Parents’ Weekend Fall Awards Ceremony. The recipient was First Class Cadet Caroline Miller. She served as an intern at the Intelligence Coordination Center this past summer and was selected as one of two cadets representing the USCGA on the Western Hemisphere Advanced Research Project.

Fall Clean Up at East Haddam Schoolhouse with Coast Guard Cadets

Real Property Steward along with 6 USCGA cadets

Real Property Steward Dave Packard along with 6 cadets

The fall cleanup at the East Haddam property went as expected, on November 1st.

We only had 2 SAR members volunteer and 6 Coast Guard Academy cadets, but we managed to put a huge dent in the underbrush surrounding the schoolhouse.

A big “thank you” goes to the hard working young men and women that made this possible.