David Hathaway, who serves as Assistant Quartermaster for the Society of the Honor Guard Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Tomb Guard Platoon, was the featured speaker at the Washington Crossing Chapter Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) Battle of Yorktown Victory Celebration dinner meeting Oct. 10, at the Continental Tavern in Yardley.
This year marked the 242nd anniversary of General George Washington’s victory on Oct. 19, 1781.
Hathaway’s presentation was titled “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.” He spoke about the history of the Tomb at Arlington National Cemetery and four memorials at tombs of unknown American Revolutionary War soldiers, including the one at Washington Square in Philadelphia.
Hathaway has served as a volunteer firefighter in Bucks County for 32 years. He is a life member of Midway Volunteer Fire Company, which services Buckingham and Solebury townships; he has served in leadership roles and was named Firefighter of the Year in 2007.
He manages and commands the Bucks County Firefighter and EMS Memorial Honor Guard, which provides ceremonial services locally and around the country. Other work in the profession includes providing support to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, which operates and maintains the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Md. Hathaway is employed as an Emergency Medical Technician for Central Bucks Emergency Medical Services.
The SAR chapter presented Hathaway with the Fire Safety Commendation Medal, enameled bar, and certificate. The purpose of the award, as defined by the National Society SAR, is to recognize and honor citizens who have dedicated their career to constant study, development, and involvement in the profession with a single goal: to protect human life and property by preventing injuries or casualties due to fire and chemicals.