The SAR is a "lineage" society. This means that each member has traced their family tree back to a point of having an ancestor who
supported the cause of American Independence during the years 1774-1783.

The SAR is a historical, educational, and patriotic non-profit, United States 501(c) 3,
corporation that seeks to maintain and extend:
• the institutions of American freedom
• an appreciation for true patriotism
• a respect for our national symbols
• the value of American citizenship
• the unifying force of e pluribus unum that has created, from the people of many nations, one nation and one people. We do this by perpetuating the stories of patriotism, courage, sacrifice, tragedy, and triumph of those who achieved the independence of the
American people in the belief that these stories are universal ones of man's eternal struggle against tyranny, relevant to all time, and will inspire and strengthen each succeeding generation as it too is
called upon to defend our freedoms on the battlefield and in our public institutions.

SAR members come from all walks of life.  Their commonality is a deep affection for our country, its heritage and its institutions.