George Washington Honored by MDSSAR Chapter at Our Lady of Hope / St. Luke School

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George Washington honored by SAR at OLH/SL

Dundalk, Maryland – June 6, 2014

A beautifully framed replica of Rembrandt Peale’s “porthole” portrait of George Washington now greets the students of Our Lady of Hope / St. Luke School thanks to the generosity of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) and the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association (MVLA).

Members of the SAR joined students at the school on Friday, May 30 to unveil the portrait. The Col. Nicholas Ruxton Moore Chapter of the Maryland Society, Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) arranged to have the portrait presented to the school as part of their educational outreach.

2014 marks the 225thAnniversary of George Washington becoming the first President of the United States under the United States Constitution adopted in 1787. He was inaugurated on April 30, 1789.

2014 also marks the 125th Anniversary of the Sons of the American Revolution.  The Maryland Society was organized on April 20, 1889 while the National Society was formed on April 30 of the same year.

As part of the SAR anniversary celebration, Joseph W. Dooley, President General of the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution challenged State Societies and local chapters to support the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association’s (MVLA) effort to return Washington to our schools.

“Mt Vernon makes these portraits available, free of charge, to any school that requests one, but of course they can only do that through the generosity of their donors. The SAR members of the Col. Nicholas Ruxton Moore Chapter were happy to underwrite the cost of the portrait that now hangs proudly at Our Lady of Hope / St. Luke School,” said SAR Chapter Secretary and OLH/SL School Board member J.D. Urbach.

According to the MVLA, “for over a hundred years, Washington’s image graced classrooms across our nation. Entire generations grew up familiar with his face and with his accomplishments in helping to establish our nation.” By participating in the portrait program, “every school, public library, and State or Federal government office can celebrate Washington’s character, leadership, and accomplishments.”

The SAR is comprised of men who trace their ancestry to a patriot in the American Revolution and promotes patriotic, historical and educational objectives, including the perpetuation of the memory of the men and women, who by their sacrifices during the American Revolution achieved the independence of the American people.

The Col. Nicholas Ruxton Moore Chapter serves Baltimore County and offers many programs and contests open to school students including poster contests, essay contests and oration contests.

ATTACHMENT: Photo

Pictured with the portrait: (L to R) OLH/SL Principal, Sister Irene Pryle SSND, 5thGrade Student Daven Patel, 5thGrade Student Abigail Leicher, 5thGrade Student and Jr. SAR member Trey Urbach, SAR Col. Nicholas Ruxton Moore Chapter President Gary Neal.

Contact:
J.D. Urbach
Col. Nicholas Ruxton Moore Chapter Secretary
jdurbach@jhu.edu
443-791-5301

 

For additional information:

Mt Vernon’s George Washington Portrait Program:
 
Mt. Vernon and the MVLA:
 
Maryland Society, Sons of the American Revolution:
 
National Society, Sons of the American Revolution & P.G. Dooley’s initiative:
 
Our Lady of Hope / St Luke School: