Barclay Addresses SAR in Pulaski

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Former US Ambassador to El Salvador H. Douglas Barclay of Pulaski was a guest speaker at the quarterly luncheon of the Syracuse chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) on Saturday November 8.  The luncheon was held in the court room of the historic County Court House in Pulaski built in 1819 that bears Barclays’ name.  Assembled members listened intently as Barclay described the challenges and rewards of the diplomatic corps in the twenty-first century.  Barclay spoke with patriotic pride as he emphasized the good that is done by America–and underreported in countries such as El Salvador.  Examples such as earthquake emergency aid and medical treatment for hill peoples were among the many examples cited by the former Ambassador in his half hour talk.   “We should be proud of what our nation does around the world” said Barclay who served in his post from 2004-07.

The luncheon was catered by Half-Shire Historical Society and served by Margaret Kastler and Shawn Doyle.  Doyle serves as Registrar for the SAR chapter.   Kastler and Doyle updated the assemblage on the Revolutionary War grave re-marking projects that are underway in both Sandy Creek and Richland.   Historian Charlene Cole seen to the restoration of numerous grave sites in Sandy Creek and last summer presided over a ceremony at Pioneer cemetery in the Goodnough District.   Doyle has re-marked five sites with five pending for the spring.

The Sons of the American Revolution is a patriotic society comprised of male descendants of Revolutionary War soldiers.  For more information on membership see the chapter website at