Camp Patriotic Instructor
Brother Tim Ahlgrim has been the Camp's Patriotic Instructor since joining the SUVCW and the James D. Brady Camp in January 2018. Born and raised in Chicago, he is a retired U.S. Navy Chief Photographer's Mate and received his Paralegal Certification from Old Dominion University and who has called Virginia home since 1988. Tim's family lineage can be traced back to the arrival of his 8th great grandparents in the New England Colonies in 1637. He is presently an active member of the Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, the National Society of Sons of the American Colonists, General Society of the War of 1812, National Organization of the Sons of Spanish American War Veterans and the Hereditary Order of Descendants of the Loyalists and Patriots of the American Revolution. His Civil War ancestors includes two 2nd great grandfathers and 7 of their brothers whose enlistments spread across 6 northern states and territories. He is currently researching the histories of three of those brothers who also fought in the Mexican-American War.
The Purpose of the Camp Patriotic Instructor
The purpose of the office of Patriotic Instructor is to educate and provide Brothers and the general public with information that will help to foster patriotism among the membership and the populace in general. Camp Patriotic Instructor shall perform such duties as are prescribed by the Ritual of the Order or indicated by the official blank forms, or directed by the Commander. The activities of the
Camp Patriotic Instructor should include:
(a) Presenting at each Camp meeting information on such items as -
(1) Civil War military, civilian and other great American leaders,
(2) National and state holidays,
(3) The United States Flag,
(4) Duties of citizenship such as voting,
(5) Great Civil War battles and battles of other wars, and
(6) Great American artifacts and sites;
(b) Providing public displays and orations on patriotism as called upon;
(c) Providing awards of recognition to deserving individuals as deemed necessary or ordered by the Camp.
(d) Any member of a Camp may nominate for a Flag Certificate Award, a person, company or agency that proudly, conspicuously and properly flies or display the United Sates Flag. The Flag must be properly displayed as outlined in Public Laws 94-344, known as the Federal Flag Code, which contains rules for the handling and displaying of the United States Flag. The Flag Certificate Award should not be given to any commercial enterprise that obviously flies it for advertising purposes. Public Law 94- 344 as amended appears on the SUVCW website.