Society of Colonial Wars In the Commonwealth of Kentucky
As a member of this society, you are fortunate to belong to a group of Warriors who, over the years, have made many contributions to the welfare of the General Society. Our leadership has propelled us to be pioneers. Today we are the second largest state society in the country, which has led us to accomplish a number of ambitious projects. Governor General Gerald G. Tyrrell, as our governor for six years, launched us on this track with his steadfast push for new members.
During his tenure, we placed memorial plaques everywhere there was a colonial era connection, such as in Lexington, Harrodsburg and Georgetown. To recognize the Royal American Regiment of Foot, from 1756 in New York, we sent a period uniform and accoutrements to the Royal Green Jackets Museum in Winchester, England. The use of British redcoat uniforms from 1999 for our color guard became the norm for national banquets, as well as local use. As a result, our society was recognized with the post of Marshal General to perpetuate this initiative.
We are the first state society to have a Facebook page, which encourages membership for those who qualify. When we realized that an important part of colonial history would be lost, due to changes in technology, we digitized several VHS tapes to play as DVDs. That history was the most significant British victory in the colonial period, the taking of the Fortress of Louisbourg in Nova Scotia by the British. The General Society had erected a tall columnar monument on the site in 1895.
A number of our Courts have featured unique events such as a French Colonial color guard and a British Grenadier color guard, as well as a visit from a Yeoman Warder from Her Majesty’s Palace and Fortress, the Tower of London. Presently, we are designing our own website in order to keep our members more fully informed and to put our current register of members, newsletters and scrapbooks of the society’s news online. We are converting to the digital age.
Dan Klinck 2016