FORT SCOTT — Members of the Kansas Society of the Sons of the American Revolution held their 124th Annual Conference of the KSSSAR March 19-20 in Fort Scott.
Stan Jantz, Hoisington, was part of the KSSAR Color Guard-Revolutionary War Descendants in period uniform that led a procession to the 20th Century Veterans Memorial for a wreath-placing ceremony to recognize patriots of many eras.
About 650 members from chapters around the state were expected at the conference. Scheduled events included hearing a winning patriotic essay from a high school student and a keynote address from the National Social Security General Mike Tomme, who is the presumptive next president of the National Society.
Sons of the American Revolution members must successfully trace their ancestry to the War for Independence. Jantz is descended from Balzar Schellorne and his son John. Both served in the Maryland Militia during the Revolutionary War.
Jantz is president of the Sons of the Plains KSSAR chapter based in Hutchinson and has been working to reopen the defunct Coronado Chapter, which was based in Great Bend. They need 10-15 members to reestablish the chapter, he said