Missouri Society Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard Photo Gallery
Fernando de Leyba Chapter St. Charles, Missouri Monday, June 10, 2013h
Pictured here is the Fernando de Leyba Chapter Color Guard team at their monthly meeting, held in St. Charles, Missouri on Monday, June 10, 2013. Special activities included the recognition of new Color Guard member Compatriot Steven White.
The Fernando de Leyba Chapter is comprised of Compatriots in the East Central MO area, meeting at 7:00 PM the 2nd Monday of every month (except during the months of July and August) at Culpeppers Restaurant located on 3010 W. Clay St. Charles, MO. Although our Chapter used to be small, it has been growing(44 Compatriots so far). Join us and see what you have been missing. We meet in the banquet room at Culpeppers. Compatriots usually start arriving between 6:00 and 6:30 and we have an informal dinner and socialize. Our meeting starts at 7:00 and usually lasts no longer than one hour. Next comes our speaker for the night which can be on any topic. Recent topics have included George Rogers Clark, astronomy, Iraq, genealogical research, and the U.S.S. Missouri, a newly built and about to be commissioned nuclear attack submarine.
About Our Namesake - Don Fernando de Leyba was appointed governor of Upper Louisiana in June 1778. Though Spain was neutral until 1779, de Leyba contacted George Rogers Clark prior to this and provided support to the Americans. Fernando de Leyba was responsible for the construction of Fort San Carlos to defend St. Louis. The British, along with Native American allies attacked on May 26, 1780 but were forced to retreat. We remember the crucial and not widely known support our ancestors received from Spain and honor it by naming our chapter after Fernando de Leyba.
Photo (L - R): Compatriot Martin White; Compatriot Bill Grote, Compatriot Steve White, Compatriot Charles Lilly; and Compatriot John Rush.