Who We Are
We are a brotherhood of adult and youth males united by lineage connections to the Patriots that sacrificed their lives and fortunes to give us the United States of America. Descent from those Patriots bears a responsibility to reverently honor their lives and sacrifices. The SAR provides us with opportunities to share our passions and interests in our communities, our states, and the nation. Just as our Patriot ancestors worked together to overcome obstacles and achieve high levels of success, we work united to achieve common goals.
About the Sons of the American Revolution
The Sons of the American Revolution was incorporated in Connecticut on January 17, 1890 and later chartered by the United States Congress on June 6, 1906. Prior to 1890 a number of state societies were formed. These were led by the Sons of Revolutionary Sires, which was organized July 4, 1876 in San Francisco, California. Acting on a resolution by the New Jersey Society, delegates from thirteen state societies met at Fraunces Tavern in New York City on April 30, 1889 in celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of the inauguration of George Washington. It was on this date that the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution was organized. If you would like to learn more about the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution or the Illinois Society of the Sons of the American Revolution please click on the respective link below:
The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution was organized on April 30, 1889, to “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.”
What We Do
We decorate the graves of Revolutionary War soldiers and patriots. We support excellence in teaching of American history. We participate in patriotic observances. We support research and preservation of historic material relating to the men and women who fought or gave service for Independence in the American Revolutionary War.
The ILSSAR is a historical, educational, and patriotic non-profit, United States 501(c)3, corporation that seeks to maintain and extend:
The institutions of American freedom
An appreciation for true patriotism
A respect for our national symbols
The value of American citizenship
The unifying force of e pluribus unum that has created, from the people of many nations, one nation and one people.
We do this by perpetuating patriotism, courage, sacrifice, tragedy, and triumph of the men who achieved the independence of the American people in the belief that these stories are universal ones of man’s eternal struggle against tyranny, relevant to all time, and will inspire and strengthen each succeeding generation as it too is called upon to defend our freedoms on the battlefield and in our public institutions.