Gala Event in Philadelphia September 14-15
The contracts have been signed, a permit has been issued and the SAR is set to observe the 225th anniversary of the United States Constitution in Philadelphia, Pa., Sept. 14-15, 2012, complete with a parade. And you’re invited!
Our parade will assemble opposite the Liberty Bell Pavilion, march to Chestnut Street in front of Independence Hall, turn up the center of the Independence Mall, cross Market and Arch streets and then move to the front of the Constitution Center. A platform and podium will be set up there, where we will conduct our program if weather per- mits. If not, we will go inside the Center.
There will be a brief ceremony on Chestnut Street in front of Independence Hall as we march past the site where the document was signed in 1787. The Police Department will close down Market and Arch streets as we march up the center of the Constitution Mall.
School buses will be provided for transportation from the Double Tree by Hilton to Independence Hall and back. All SAR members registered at the hotel or signed up for the buffet and banquet may use the buses. Ladies in Colonial garb are welcome at the parade; ladies attending also should be aware that the nearby King of Prussia Mall is one of the best in the country.
All individual guardsmen in uniform, but without a unit, are welcome to march with the Philadelphia Continental detail. National Color Guard Commander Mike Tomme will be coordinating the National Color Guard participation.
If you have already made your hotel reservation, you may notice the name of the hotel has been changed because it is under new management. Existing contracts will be honored by the new owner. The Dolce property had been acquired by the Hilton Hotel chain, which had built and operated the property originally. The new name is Double Tree by Hilton.
For a registration form, go to our website on line.
Bob Bowen, National Program Coordinator
Jim Willis, Event Chairman, Philadelphia Continental Chapter