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Our Mission

The Sons of the American Revolution honors our Revolutionary War patriot ancestors by promoting patriotism, serving our communities, and educating and inspiring future generations about the founding principles of our country.

The goals of this Society are declared to be patriotic, historical, and educational; to unite and promote fellowship among the descendants of those who sacrificed to achieve the independence of the American people, to inspire them and the community-at-large with a more profound reverence for the principles of the government founded by our forefathers; to foster true patriotism; to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom.

Patriotic Goals

The SAR will work tirelessly to inspire the community with the principles on which our nation was founded.:

  • Many chapters and state-level societies have color guards that wear Revolutionary War uniforms and participate in civic and patriotic events and observances such as the Fourth of July, Veterans Day, Armed Forces Day, Flag Day, Patriots Day, Bill of Rights Day, Yorktown Day, Constitution Day, and important battles of the Revolutionary War. Each year the SAR National Congress passes resolutions to stimulate personal and national action based on these principles.
  • We strive to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom. In 1994, the SAR formed a Task Force to Preserve U.S. History to help focus public attention on profound problems in some proposed national standards for teaching pre-college U.S. history.
  • We will work to carry out the promises expressed in the Preamble to the Constitution.
  • We shall provide recognition for public service. The state-level societies and chapters of the SAR present thousands of awards each year to law enforcement officers, public safety officers, and other citizens who exemplify the best civic traditions of our nation. This includes young men and women who are leaders in our communities: high-ranking high school students of history, Eagle Scouts, JROTC and ROTC cadets, and midshipmen.
  • This organization shall strive to honor, respect, and support the sacrifices of our veterans, especially those confined to residential and hospital facilities provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Historical Goals

The SAR commemorates and provides memorials for the people and events of the American Revolution.

  • The SAR preserves records relating to the events leading up to and during the American The SAR was a major force behind the construction of the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and the collection of historic documents therein.
  • The SAR supports genealogical research and presentations (books, articles, and presentations) related to the history and people of the period from 1750 until 1800. The National SAR Magazine publishes authoritative descriptions of historical events in a quality magazine of archival value. Our Revolutionary War Graves Committee published information on some 54,000 grave sites of patriots in the SAR Revolutionary War Graves Register, published in 1993. More names have been collected and the entire 140,000 names and locations have now been published. The Patriot Index Committee is publishing information on 732,000 patriots and their descendants.
  • Chapters support the grave marking programs by seeking out patriot grave sites, restoring or replacing stones and marking the stones/sites with SAR markers.

Educational Goals

The SAR sponsors youth awards programs, including poster, brochure, essay and oration contests for the full range of students, based on historical and patriotic themes. Winners receive cash prizes and awards.

  • The SAR distributes history curriculum and educational media resources across the country
  • The SAR supports the Children of the American Revolution (CAR) in their programs.
  • The SAR informs the community about the events and philosophical bases of the American Revolution and the Constitution. Important events and persons of the Revolutionary period are portrayed for students and the public at
  • The SAR helps people locate and evaluate genealogical records through the SAR’s state and chapter registrars and the SAR Genealogical Research Library, a major national repository of genealogical information.
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