Our Purpose

DISCOVER OUR SOCIETY’S FOUNDING PURPOSE

Why We Fight

When people hear the words, Sons of the American Revolution, it is our deepest desire to invoke a feeling of remembrance and reverence to those men and women who fought the most powerful empire of their time that we would live free! Regardless your social status, occupation, talents, or age, help us perpetuate the legacy of this generation and save our American freedom, get involved.

The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) was established as a non-profit, non-secret, non-partisan society for the purpose of being a beacon of light in a nation that was quickly forgetting its heritage and the sacrifices made that we might be the beneficiaries of a life-long freedom from tyranny.

Benjamin Franklin prophesied the following concerning those who would cherish temporary Safety over essential Liberty:

Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

Franklin’s call to never let go of our Liberty is precisely why the SAR was established, to reignite a love of true patriotism and proclaim the battle cry of American freedom. To this end, our founders set forth 20 objectives upon which our society is to base its direction.

Our Founding Principles

Upon its founding, 10 objectives were declared to be the SAR’s permanent mantra. “The objects of this Society are declared to be patriotic, historical, and educational, and shall include those intended or designed to:

  1. Perpetuate the memory of those who, by their services or sacrifices during the war of the American Revolution, achieved the independence of the American people.
  2. Unite and promote fellowship among their descendants.
  3. Inspire them and the community at large with a more profound reverence for the principles of the government founded by our forefathers.
  4. Encourage historical research in relation to the American Revolution.
  5. Acquire and preserve the records of the individual services of the patriots of the war, as well as documents, relics, and landmarks.
  6. Mark the scenes of the Revolution by appropriate memorials.
  7. Celebrate the anniversaries of the prominent events of the war and of the Revolutionary period.
  8. Foster true patriotism.
  9. Maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom
  10. Carry out the purposes expressed in the preamble of the Constitution of our country and the injunctions of Washington in his farewell address to the American people.”

Washington’s Contemplations

Given our final objective it is advantageous to consider George Washington’s injunctions or “solemn contemplations” from his farewell address as they establish the undercurrent, the worldview, the moral and political compass that SAR was established to follow:

  1. Cherish dearly the unity of government, specifically the union of the State to ensure prosperity.
  2. Respect for the authority of our government, compliance with its laws, and acquiescence in its measures are perpetually necessary to the fundamental maxims of true liberty.
  3. Obligate all who live within our nation to respect and obey the Constitution.
  4. Resist with care the spirit of innovation upon the principles of the Constitution.
  5. Regard parties and political factions as dangerous to the liberty you hold dear.
  6. Inspire caution in those entrusted with the country’s administration, to confine themselves within their respective constitutional spheres.
  7. Remember, “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports” and absolutely necessary for the perpetuation of a free government.
  8. Promote then, as an object of primary importance, institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge.
  9. Cherish public credit, but do not be so foolish as to accumulate debt that is greater than your capacity, thus emphasizing short term, reasonable extensions of credit to those able to handle its burden. Likewise, the government should not burden future generations with debt the present generation should bear and discharge.
  10. Observe good faith and justice towards all nations, but do entangle yourselves with the affairs of Europe and others, and be cautious of forming alliances or preferences for any particular nation.

Washington’s farewell address can be read in its entirety here.

Join the Cause

It is with these 20 objectives, in conjunction with the Constitution, that we as a Society were established to follow.

Help ensure the freedom purchased by the blood of revolutionary war soldiers endures for generations to come. Become involved in the cause of liberty and help us preserve American freedom.

Are you, fellow patriot, ready to join the cause for American freedom?

Yes, tell me more!

With these objectives in mind, the possibilities for accomplishing our goals are only limited by the time, resources, and imagination of those who are willing to join us, the SAR, on our quest to foster true patriotism and maintain the institutions of American freedom. To meet the leadership of our chapter please read, Our Chapter. But most importantly, while we are lineage society with certain requirements for membership, we encourage all Americans who value their freedom and liberty to help us perpetuate the legacy of the Revolution and promote freedom on a national scale by getting involved in the Sons of Liberty.