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2016-2017 National Project

National Theme "Freedom's Thunder"
National Project "Siege of Yorktown: Actions that Lead to Victory"


2016-2017 National President Connor Jackson

2016-2018 Senior National President Joanne Zumbrun

The National Project is to raise funds for a new enhanced outdoor interpretive program - Artillery and Firing Station that will feature education on the siege of Yorktown and firing demonstrations of cannon at the new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown (ARMY).

In the course of our nation's history there are landmark events that initiate a period of evolution for our republic. Only one holds the distinct claim to final liberation of our citizens from an oppressive rule. A battle that shook the foundation of the world's ruling governments, set the stage for the beginning of a new independent nation, and bestowed liberty upon its citizens for all time. The Victory at the battle of Yorktown was the start of our new nation and set the stage for the laurels of freedom that we hold dear.

Please join me in making some noise to inspire, to awaken, and to remind people of the freedom that we cherish and refuse to take for granted. Together we can take the nation by storm with our message of freedom.

The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is a staple of the historic battle site, an institution that tells the story of our patriot ancestors' struggle for freedom and seeks to remind the current generation of its responsibility to actively covet and guard the liberty's bestowed upon us. Yorktown was won due to the constant bombardment of British General Cornwallis' defenses by the French and Continental gun crew; FREEDOM'S THUNDER.

- The Voice of the People - Exercise of Debate, Three Branches of Government, Freedom of Speech
- Patriotism - Symbols & Slogans about Liberty, Independence,
- Documents that Shaped & Governed and those that drove our nation to Rebellion - Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, Intolerable Acts, Navigation Acts
- Homeland defense by citizen soldiers - National Guard, Coast Guard
- Strong Relations & Aiding Those in Need - U.S. Diplomatic Corp, Kids Helping Kids, S.R./SAR/DAR preservation of history & education.

Together we will discover how FREEDOM'S THUNDER shaped our nation. The siege of Yorktown in October 1781 shook the world, and finally and forever cast off the yoke of oppression for our new nation. We will partner with the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown in this 235th anniversary year of the Battle of Yorktown to create a hands-on educational curriculum based on the siege in their enhanced outdoor interpretive program. This project comes at a perfect time, due to our hosting of the annual Yorktown Victory celebration, which is an honor that C.A.R. is granted every fifteen years.

Past National Projects include patriotic efforts such as promoting bonds during World War I and donating an ambulance during World War II.

More recent projects include protecting artifacts uncovered in Mount Vernon's archaeological digs; providing an outdoor classroom at the Independence Park Institute in Philadelphia, PA; and contributing to The National World War II Museum for the acquisition of educational tools and resources for the Student/Teacher Resource Center.