Welcome to the new home of the Pensacola Chapter of the Florida Society of the Sons of the American Revolution!
In 1876, a group of men in the San Francisco, California area, who were descendants of Patriots involved in the American Revolution, formed an organization called the “Sons of Revolutionary Sires.” Their objective was to create a fraternal and civic society to salute the men and women who pledged their lives, fortunes and their sacred honor to the battle for independence from Great Britain. They wanted to keep alive their ancestors' story of patriotism and courage in the belief that it is a universal one of man's struggle against tyranny -- a story which would inspire and sustain succeeding generations when they would have to defend and extend our freedoms.
The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) was organized on April 30, 1889 -- the 100th anniversary of the inauguration of George Washington as our nation's first President, and was conceived as a fraternal and civic society composed of lineal descendants of the men who wintered at Valley Forge, signed the Declaration of Independence, fought in the battles of the American Revolution, served in the Continental Congress, or otherwise supported the cause of American Independence. The 1st Congress of the National Society was held in Louisville, Kentucky on April 30, 1890.
The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR) was chartered by an Act of the United States Congress on June 9, 1906. The charter was signed by President Theodore Roosevelt, who was a member of the SAR. The charter authorizes the granting of charters to societies of the various states, and territories, and authorizes the state societies to charter societies within their borders.
Today the SAR consists of over 32,000 members in over 500 chapters in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, Mexico, Spain and the United Kingdom.
Almost 165,000 descendants of the men and women Patriots of the American Revolution have been admitted since our founding. SAR members include:
- 16 presidents of the United States
- Brigadier, Lieutenant and five star generals
- Presidents of several colleges and universities
- Members of the Supreme Court, the U.S. Senate, and the U.S. Congress.
- Small businessmen, doctors, lawyers, school teachers, CPAs, elected local, state, and federal officials, and government employees, all of whom have a deep affection for America its heritage and institutions.
SAR members have answered their country's call in every major American conflict beginning with the battle of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775 up to the present, including Operation Desert Storm, Bosnia and the current actions in Afghanistan and Iraq. SAR members have received the highest awards America can bestow, including the Medal of Honor.