April 19, 1775, marks a significant date in the founding of our nation – the beginning of the Revolutionary War which was once celebrated as “Patriots Day”. Three years later, April 19, 1778, three Georgia Navy galleys encountered three British ships in the Frederica River near St. Simons Island. After five hours of naval action, the Patriots captured the British ships, a victory that is a special reason to celebrate Patriots Day on St. Simons Island.

Since the dedication ceremony of the historical marker “The Georgia Navy at Fort Frederica”, in 2005, the Georgia Society SAR has sponsored the annual Frederica Patriots Day. It has become a popular community celebration, including over one thousand attendees during last year’s parade. The GASSAR Historic Sites Committee and Marshes of Glynn SAR Chapter hope you will participate in this year’s Memorial Ceremony and Parade of Patriots on Saturday, April 18th on St. Simons Island. For additional information contact Bill Ramsaur at wframsaur@aol.com.