Welcome to the 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 SAR is the largest male lineage organization in the United States and consists of 50 state-level societies with more than 500 local chapters, several international societies (including Canada, France, Germany, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom). We currently have over 33,000 members. Prominent current and past SAR members include sixteen U.S. presidents, U.S. senators and representatives, entertainment industry celebrities, as well as foreign dignitaries such as Sir Winston Churchill, and Kings Juan Carlos I and Felipe VI of Spain.
SAR members have proudly answered their country’s call in every major American conflict beginning with the battle of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775, and continuing to the present day, including Operation Desert Storm, Bosnia, and the recent actions in Afghanistan and Iraq. SAR members have received the highest awards America can bestow, including the Medal of Honor.