As you know, the Virginia SAR had planned to celebrate and honor the lifetime of service to our country by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia at the Gold Good Citizenship Medal Gala in March. We were shocked and saddened, along with the rest of the country, by his unexpected passing in February.
I am very pleased to announce that the George Washington Chapter has arranged for the Virginia SAR to award the medal posthumously by presenting it to Justice Scalia's family at its October 8, 2016 chapter meeting at the Belle Haven Country Club in Alexandria. Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Scalia, U.S.A., and his wife, Michelle, will attend the luncheon and accept the medal on behalf of Justice Scalia's family.
The Gold Good Citizenship Medal, of course, is the SAR's highest national award for public service and is awarded for outstanding patriotic achievement and service of national importance. Included among past recipients of the medal are former Presidents Truman, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Bush. In recent years, the Virginia SAR has presented the medal to two Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and a former Attorney General of the United States.
Because this is a Virginia SAR event, I cordially invite all Virginia SAR officers and members to attend the luncheon to pay tribute to this extraordinary lawyer, professor and judge whose influence on our country will last long beyond his tenure on the Supreme Court. If you are able to attend the luncheon, the details on how to make a reservation are below. I hope you will consider attending this special event.
Edward W. Truslow
Virginia Sons of the American Revolution