Parker County Today December 2016 - Page 79

from somewhere. It’s a part of you and all of a sudden it becomes important. We have meetings that bring in 20 to 30. Sometimes a little more, sometimes a little less, and so you can understand that we don’t have a hundred at every meeting, that’s the way it is. It affects people differently but it is important, and I think that most of us can look back and say that it’s important for the youngsters to understand. It is more important today than it has ever been and maybe if they can look at grandpa and say, PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY ‘What?’ It’s our country; it’s what started us. That is us,” Connelley said. “You hear people talk about it and you think, ‘wait a minute, I found this over here and if my great, great, great-grandpa was there and so was his [Oliver’s], there is a fair chance that they knew each other.” And with so many greats having crisscrossed all over Parker County, it’s no wonder the SAR are so important. The preservation of history is something that seems to connect us no matter how far apart the distance. At a more recent meeting it was asked how many people are related to someone who fought at a certain battle. “So we had 20 or so guys put their hands up and a handful of them were in Fort Worth,” Oliver said. “And they can go back into their line five, six and seven generations that all fought at a particular battle. It’s this collective sharing, all connected in the Revolution.”  “The thing we lose track of is the smallness of things in 1876 compared to today,” Connelley said. “Those men who started our country and where their descendants fanned out to is important. You find the same kind of paths and history connections in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Alabama, Iowa — people organized the same way. I always wonder, I always ask people: ‘How did you get here? Why in the world did you pick Weatherford to come and live?’ And it’s interesting because everybody’s kind of got a different answer yet they’re all here.” DECEMBER 2016 and the country said, ‘Hey, that has been 50 years. These guys never really got a good welcome home. Why don’t we welcome them home?’ We are one of the sponsors of those kind of organizations. What do we do? There’s the youth programs and working with veterans.” For the SAR, history is the baseline for the organization. One of the many reasons that the SAR works with kids is because of the acceptance and curiosity they can offer. Both Connelley and Vaughn have been involved with reenactments their organization puts on and they have found that though adults may enjoy the display, it’s the kids that are more inquisitive. “I’ve been to Williamson County, not as a re-enactor but part of the program,” Connelley said as he gave an example. “Kids will come up to you and ask you things. Adults kind of just stand there. That’s why the programs are more directed at kids, because they ask.”  So, by engaging that curiosity early the SAR can encourage a lifelong interest and even connections in families. To them, having kids interested in history keeps history alive. But they don’t just leave it at honoring veterans. Each meeting is typically dedicated to a certain topic that changes but has something of a general interest to the organization. They honor a police officer, a firefighter, and an EMT through the months of January, February and March, respectively. And this last month they participated in various ceremonies for Veteran’s Day.  Getting involved in the SAR generally takes a little bit of research before admittance is approved. “Normally, someone comes to us that has the inte &W7B( ƗfW"6B( Ėג66RBF&VR6W7F'2FBFF( Bp&WBVFv2C"SV'2BW7Gv0&Rf7W6VBג6&VW"BFF( BV66&R'WB( fRv2BFW&W7B7F'N( 26WFrF@BbVR67F'BFG&6FBFvFWG&6PBFvF6VRvfVvBFR&WfWF'v"FVb7VFFVFBV2FRFW&W7BF@'F7V"W'6f'7BbFWv&R&V6rW@vVFWf'7BfBWB&WBFR4"W7BƖRFpV6RFWvVW&ǒ&V6WBFW2FW6RFW2@vR&RVB'FB6'Bb67F'FW&W7B7V6f6ǒFRFW&W7BFR&WfWF'v"W&BFR6V7Fb7F''&w26W'Fw&WbVPFvWFW"( Ю( vRVFW'7FBFRFVFW2W'2bvrF&VvvRgFW"vRgFW"vRƖRgFW"ƖRBR7F'BF&VƗRFBR6Rg&6WvW&RR6Psp