Oklahoma Society Color Guard History
Photo Courtesy of Dr. Stuart Denslow (Tulsa Chapter)
The Oklahoma Chapter Color Guard was organized in March of 1995. Uniforms were ordered from the J. Layton Waker
Uniforms in El Paso, Texas. There were five members consisting of Charles Thompson (Deceased), Richard Sidwell,
Pendleton Woods (Deceased), Jerry Priest, and John Priest (Deceased). The uniforms were Revolutionary War Continental Navy. The uniforms consisted of navy blue coat, red vest, white pants, white dickie, white cuffs, tricorn hats and some buckles. Equipment and accesories were purchased which included gold fringed flags, poles, flag holders, pole ornaments and rain covers. The flags purchased were the U.S.A. stars and stripes, State flag of Oklahoma, Sons of the American Revolution, First Continental Navy Jack and POW-MIA.
The SAR color guard has had the honor of being invited to perform and participate in the following activities.
- Memorial Day - 45th Infrantry Museum
- Veterans Day - 45th Infrantry Museum
- Liberty Fest Parade at Edmond, Oklahoma
- State Superintendents History Convention
- Oklahoma City Independence Day Parade
- Oklahoma Bar Association Convention
- International Sorority Convention
- Warr Acres 50th Anniversary Parade
- National Adtjutant General Convention
- SAR State Conventions and Congress
- Salute to Hospitalized Veterans - VA Hospital
- DAR Colonial Tea Conventions
- DAR State Leadership Conventions
- Memorial Day - Flay Museum at the Omniplex OKC
- Oklahoma Medical Association Convention
- Wewoke Credit Union Convention
- State Capitol Flag Raising Ceremony and Parade
- CAR Regional Convention - Wreath at OKC Bombing Memorial
- DAR George Washington Luncheon
- National P.O.W. (Ex - POW) Observance
- Oklahoma Childrens Hospital
- District SAR Color Guard Meeting - Oklahoma City
Oklahoma's Senior Color Guardsman
July, 2011. At 96 years young, Tulsa Compatriot John Haws is Oklahoma's Senior Color Guardsman. According to Compatriot Fred Fulkerson also of the Tulsa Chapter, he and John Haws saw these color guard uniforms in the early 1970s at a South Central District Meeting. They came home and ordered uniforms and started the Color Guard in Oklahoma.
Pictured left to right are: Blake Haws (g. grandson), Dr. Orriene First Denslow (OSDAR Liaison to OSSAR), John Haws, and Amanda Haws (g. granddaughter) July 4, 2011. The Tulsa SAR color guard and DAR guests rang the Bell of Freedom at 1:p.m. (Central Time) so the bells sounded across the USA at the same time. The Tulsa SAR color guard has attended to this on the Tulsa University Campus for many years on the 4th of July.
Photo Courtesy of Dr. Orriene Denslow