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SAR chapter chairman to churches: Please be a part of Allegiance Sunday

WHEELING — The George Washington Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution is once again are asking valley churches, synagogues and spiritual organizations to take part in Allegiance Sunday.

“Allegiance Sunday is a special day, unlike any of the other days we observe,” explained Gary W. Timmons, Allegiance Sunday chairman. “Memorial Day specifically honors the dead. Veterans Day is a day of remembering all those who have served in all wars. This year especially, as our country tries to rebuild and return to a ‘new normal’ Allegiance Sunday is a day of personal feeling and expression,” Timmons noted. “It is a quiet day, not a day of celebration or exhibition. It is a day set aside for all to participate, to reaffirm their fealty and love of country and to demonstrate that fealty and love in declaring their allegiance.”

He continuted, “All other days of national note are times for remembering the historic past. But this day is dedicated to the future; here we have a personal opportunity to join in publicly professing that fact by repeating the Pledge of Allegiance or singing or playing a patriotic hymn together.”

Allegiance Sunday usually is the Sunday closest to July 4. “This year, the Fourth falls on Saturday so the Sunday after would be appropriate — a perfect time to remember that we are Americans. The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution that were written for us,” he said.

“On Allegiance Sunday, it is our hope that all churches, synagogues and spiritual organizations will take a few minutes during their service to pledge to the flag and/or sing or in this time of social distancing, play some patriotic hymns,” Timmons said.Participating churches are asked to send a copy of their bulletin for that Sunday to: George Washington Chapter, c/o Gary Timmons, 13 Elm Lane, Wheeling, W.Va. 26003. They will be tabulated, and a report will be sent to the national society.

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