SAR Badge, Medals and Pins - Etiquette and Rules
NSSAR Officer Pins
The NSSAR officer pins may be worn on the left lapel of a suit coat or blazer in lieu of the SAR Rosette. Authorized Pins include: (1) the President General pin, (2) the Vice President General pin, (3) the National Trustee pin, (4) the former State Society President pin, and (5) the former Chapter President pin.
The George Washington Fellow Pin, the SAR Foundation Donor pins, the Outstanding Citizenship Pin, the Five-year or higher year Membership Pin, Life Membership Pin, Eagle Scout Pin and are authorized to be worn on the lapel of a suit or tuxedo to inform the public about the SAR honors conferred. State Society pins may also be worn.
Wearing Multiple Rosettes & Pins
It is strongly recommended that only one pin be worn on the left lapel of a suit coat or blazer. Additional lapel pins (including rosettes or membership pins of other fraternal or patriotic organizations) should not be worn when wearing the SAR Rosette. An exception to this guideline is when the Aide-de-Camp Pin is worn on the right lapel to denote former service.
CODE FOR WEARING MEDALS, DECORATIONS, BADGES AND INSIGNIA
The prestige and influence of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution depend largely upon the loyalty of its members. It is important that every member should use the emblems and insignia of the Society in an appropriate manner on all suitable occasions. All Compatriots are encouraged to purchase and possess the Society’s insignia. It is recommended that on all public patriotic occasions, Compatriots of the Sons of the American Revolution be properly recognized as representatives of our Patriot ancestors.
The following rules apply to the wearing of all NSSAR medals and insignia. While every member is responsible to wear medals and insignia correctly, it is also the responsibility of all National Society, state society and chapter officers to assure that their members wear all medals and insignia correctly.
The NSSAR insignia and decorations worn vary with the type of dress. The term “full dress” includes both the tail coat and white tie in the evening and the cutaway with ascot or four-in-hand for day wear. “Formal attire” or “black tie” includes the black (tuxedo) or white dinner jacket with appropriate accessories.
Informal dress includes the business suit, the blazer jacket, and the sport coat. Insignia are not worn on the overcoat. The rosette, the tie, and/or the blazer patch may be worn with informal dress. The rosette and tie may be worn with the business suit or sports coat. The blazer patch is only worn on a blazer.
On informal occasions when business suits or blazers are worn, Society officers may wish to wear neck ribbons to indicate past or present office. Other decorations should be avoided on such informal occasions, although SAR custom has been to wear full size medals with business suits and blazers at SAR meetings.
At SAR formal occasions, such as annual meetings, Leadership Meetings, balls, etc., the invitation and/or program will specify the dress, i.e., "full dress,” “black tie," or "black tie or white tie". In the latter case, when either is acceptable, officers especially are encouraged to wear white tie dress. In addition, the invitation may specify, "with decorations", or, "with miniature medals", and members may wear the insignia, including the broad sash and miniature medals. The rosette is not worn with formal dress. Custom suggests that a white dinner jacket may be worn between Memorial Day and Labor Day (in most parts of the U.S.).
SAR Badge & Full Size Medals
Other full size medals may be worn with the SAR Badge, either pinned separately or mounted on a bar so that the medals are three and one-eighths inches in length and the bottoms are in a horizontal line. Full size medals suspended from a chest ribbon are not worn at the same time miniature medals are worn. Miniature medals are appropriate for full dress or formal attire and full-size medals should be avoided in this situation (unless absolutely necessary).
Wearing Medals on a Colonial Uniform. Medals may be worn only during SAR internal events such as chapter, state and national meetings where the general public is not present. In any case, the Color Guard Commander in charge makes the final decision on the permission to wear medals on a Colonial Uniform during SAR internal events.
The miniature medal is formal and is worn on the left breast of the coat four inches below the midpoint of the shoulder seam. A small number of miniatures may be pinned side by side but, as the number increases, they should be attached to a bar for neatness and convenience and mounted so the miniature is two and one-quarter inches in length and the bottoms of the ribbons are in a horizontal line.
Miniature medals are to be worn with formal dress and their wear on informal dress is discouraged. Miniatures should not be worn without their ribbons as the ribbon forms an integral part of the society's insignia.
SAR Membership Badge
Compatriots are encouraged to purchase and wear the SAR Badge. A Compatriot should only wear the SAR Badge at functions of the National Society, State Society or Chapter or when representing the SAR. It may also be worn during the funeral of an SAR member or at the dedication of a grave marker for a deceased SAR member. The following guidelines are provided for wearing the SAR Badge:
1. Compatriots will wear the full-size SAR Badge from a chest ribbon of the SAR colors (a deep blue center flanked by buff (yellow) and white stripes) when wearing a coat and tie. The SAR Badge, when suspended from the chest ribbon, is worn on the left breast of the suit coat or blazer with the top of the ribbon clasp four inches below the midpoint of the shoulder seam of the coat.
2. When worn from the chest ribbon, Supplemental Stars are the only authorized insignia to be worn on the chest ribbon.
3. Compatriots will wear the miniature size SAR Badge from a chest ribbon when in full-dress or when wearing a tuxedo or dinner jacket.
4. Current or former General Officers, Vice Presidents General, National Trustees, State Society Presidents and Chapter Presidents may wear the SAR Badge suspended from the SAR Neck Ribbon.
5. Current or former General Officers or State Society Presidents may insert a diamond in the space between the eagle’s talons and the upper arm of the Maltese cross.
6. In full-dress or formal attire, it is not proper to wear the SAR Badge suspended from both SAR Neck Ribbon and the chest ribbon.
The rosette is a small tightly folded circle of ribbon of the Society’s colors not exceeding 7/16th of an inch in diameter. It may be worn by all members, at their discretion, on the left lapel of the jacket, daily if desired, during business or social hours. It is only worn on a coat lapel, or shirt collar, but not on an overcoat. A rosette is commonly presented to a new member at the time of his induction into the society.
The rosette is informal and therefore is not appropriate for formal wear. A fraternal or other organization badge may be worn with the rosette, but this is strongly discouraged. In any event, only one rosette should be worn on a suit or sport coat. The rosette should never be worn when wearing the SAR Badge (neck or chest ribbon).
In order to avoid a conflict with wearing the rosette and your SAR Badge, the Saramana Chapter SAR is going to replace the rosette with a Miniature SAR Badge in the form of the SAR Tie Tac (Item # 0652), but without the chain.
Below is one example of how you may wish to wear the Miniature SAR Badge on your lapel.
When wearing your SAR Badge (neck or chest ribbon), also wearing the Miniature SAR Badge instead of the rosette, solves the restriction listed above.
It is also great to wear the Miniature SAR Badge with the SAR Foundation Donor Lapel Pin on a sport coat or suit coat when NOT wearing your SAR Badge or other SAR medals. When in an airport, at church, or another organizations meeting, many do not know what SAR stands for and you are likely to receive questions like “What is SAR?”.
Please note that the following information can be found with greater detail, at http://www.sar.org/ . Click on the “Compatriots” Tab, and then click on "Member Tools", and then click on "SAR Handbook". You must be logged in and a current Member of the Sons Of The American Revolution to access this area. The SAR Handbook is usually updated every year, so check back often for updated information.