ST. GEORGE — A new chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) is forming. This past September, six current SAR members – Jeff McKenna, Frank Gagliardi, John Arnold, Phil Page, John Choate, Travis Christiansen and one soon to be SAR member – Steve Sorenson, met to explore possibilities of forming a new chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution here locally in Southern Utah. Currently, members must travel to Las Vegas or Salt Lake City to attend SAR meetings.
These seven men were joined by two outstanding and patriotic women, Valerie King, the current Regent of the local Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and Sandra Arnold, DAR member and past Registrar, who both pledged the help of the DAR Color Country Chapter.
The name established for this new SAR chapter is Red Cliffs of Zion. Like SAR chapters nationally and internationally, three pillars of purpose will govern this chapter:
- PATRIOTISM – Work to inspire the community with the principles on which our nation was founded.
- HISTORY – Commemorate and remember the people and events of the American Revolution.
- EDUCATION – Enthusiastically sponsor youth groups, including essay and oration contests based on patriotic themes.
Experienced genealogists are willing and eager to help trace your family lines to one or more American Revolution Patriots. If you think you might have ancestors that participated in the American Revolution and you’d like to be a charter member in the formation of the Red Cliffs of Zion SAR Chapter, please contact John Arnold at [email protected]
All prospective members are welcomed to join the next Red Cliffs of Zion charter chapter meeting being held on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021 at 9 a.m. at the Law Offices of Barney, McKenna & Olmstead, 43 South 100 East in St. George, 2nd Floor Conference Room. If you’d like to be part of SAR history in Southern Utah and attend this meeting, send an email to [email protected].