At the turn of the last century, the P.O.S. of A. helped to purchase and restore General George Washington's Headquarters in Valley Forge, PA. Soon after, the State of Pennsylvania took it over as a park, and it was years before the P.O.S. of A. got the recognition for their tireless efforts.
The P.O.S. of A. was also responsible for making Flag Day (June 14) a National holiday in the United States of America on August 3, 1949, the Congressman who drafted the legislation was Brother Francis E. Walter, a member of the Order.
The Order helped save the Betsy Ross Flag House in Philadelphia, PA in 1898, placed monuments and markers at key national shrines such as the birthplace of Francis Scott Key, author of "The Star-Spangled Banner," in Frederick, MD, Washington's Crossing in New Jersey, aided in the preservation of Mount Vernon, VA, and St. Paul's Church, New York, NY, and other notable activities.
The P.O.S. of A. also played a large role in having the U.S. battleship Olympia, Admiral Dewey's flagship from the Spanish-American War, preserved in Philadelphia.
The Order present American flags for over 65 years to Valley Forge Park, and the flag that flies at Independence Hall comes from the P.O.S. of A.
The P.O.S. of A. stands for education, patriotism, respect for the American Flag. One of the main things we do is donate flags to local organizations and try to spread our love for America. The Order is still proudly in existence and is active in our respective communities.
The P.O.S. of A. is looking for loyal American patriots, 16 years or older who love their country, and wish to carry on the Order's traditions of teaching American patriotism and Flag etiquette, maintain the national shrines of Valley Forge, Betsy Ross's Home, Washington's Crossing, and numerous monuments to such American heroes as George Washington, Molly Pitcher, Francis Scott key, and other patriots of old. The Order is non-sectarian, and open to all American men of all creeds, faiths, colors and heritage.
Any person, invited by a member of this Order, shall be eligible for consideration for membership in the Fraternity if he be of good moral character; of age as included by the scope and of the Membership involved; a native born or naturalized of the United States of America and who is in favor of all of the Order's Principles as established in its "Platform of Principles."
For more information contact:
Washington Camp #523 of Eagleville
PO Box #481
Eagleville, PA 19408-0481
Patriotic Order Sons of America
240 S. Centre Ave.
Leesport, Pa. 19533