The purposes of our society are manifold – We are a patriotic, historical, and educational organization devoted to the following goals and activities:
Mark Patriot resting places.
Perpetuate the memory of Revolutionary War Patriots through the accumulation of genealogical records on our members’ ancestry back to the Patriots.
Commemorate and provide memorials for the people and events of the American Revolution.
Professionally validate a family’s descent from and American Patriot.
Historical research of the American Revolution.
Preserve the records of Revolutionary War Patriots.
Mark the locations of the Revolution: its events and its soldiers.
Celebrate anniversaries of the Revolution.
Help people locate and evaluate genealogical records.
Preserve records relating to the events leading up to and during the American Revolution.
The SAR was a major force behind the construction of the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and the collection of historic documents therein.
Maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom.
Inspire the community with a reverence for the principles of government founded by our forefathers.
Sponsor youth awards programs, including essay and oration contests for students, based on historical and patriotic themes.
Distribute history curriculum and educational media resources across the country.
Important events and persons of the Revolutionary period are portrayed for students and the public at large.
Carry out the purposes of the Preamble of the Constitution.
Follow the injunctions of Washington's farewell address to the American people.
Inform our community about the events and philosophical bases of the American Revolution and the Constitution.
Foster true patriotism.
Promote fellowship among their descendants.
We 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.