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Welcome to the website of the Massachusetts Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. The society is an educational, non-profit that seeks to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom, and a respect for our national symbols and American citizenship. We do this by perpetuating the stories of courage, sacrifice, and triumph of those who achieved our independence to inspire succeeding generations.

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PARAPHERNALIA
Number
Congress 2016 Challenge Coin$12
Massachusetts Challenge Coin$12
Three Massachusetts Challenge Coins$25
DONATIONS
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$ To support our Color Guard
$ To support our Covid Relief Fund
$ To support our Eagle Scout program
$ To support our Youth Contests
$ To support the Society
$ William H. Carlson, Jr. Memorial Fund

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Our Challenge Coins

State Society Challenge Coin (1.5″ in diameter).

The challenge coins of the Massachusetts Society are a small, beautifully etched medallion bearing our organization’s insignia. Challenge Coins are carried by our members to prove membership and as a symbol of camaraderie and unity. We also use it as a reward for outstanding service or performance of duty and to build moral.

Congress 2016 Challenge Coin (1.5″ in diameter).

While the idea of Challenge Coins started in the military, it is a tradition that is continued in civic and fraternal organizations such as ours. The challenge, which can be made at any time, begins with the challenger drawing his own coin, and slapping or placing the coin on the table or bar. Everyone challenged must immediately produce the coin for their organization and anyone failing to do so must buy a round of drinks for the challenger and others that show their challenge coin. (However, should everyone challenged be able to produce their coin, the challenger must buy a round of drinks for the group.)

While most holders of challenge coins usually carry them in an accessible place, most versions of the rules permit a challenged person “a step and a reach” to show their coin (this is particularly useful if one is challenged in the shower – a tradition in the Navy).

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