Sons of the American Revolution, Ohio Society Activities

237th Anniversary of the Battle of Ramsour’s Mill – Lincolnton, NC

On June 10th, the 237th Anniversary of the Battle of Ramsour’s Mill was observed at the F. D. Jack Kiser School located at 301 Jeb Seagle Drive, Lincolnton, North Carolina.

Ohio Society SAR Marietta Chapter President Steve Frash represented the Ohio Society at this year’s annual event.  Officers from the National Society SAR, as well as the Vice President General-Elect from the South Atlantic District, were in attendance.  Sons of the American Revolution chapters from the following states that presented honors were: North Carolina, Florida, Virginia, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Members of the Daughters of the American Revolution were attending from North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee. Other patriotic organizations present were the National Society of Colonial Dames XVII Century and Descendants of George Washington’s Army at Valley Forge.

Two Patriots Honored – Chillicothe

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 The Arthur St. Clair Chapter of the OHSSAR in Chillicothe installed two headstones for two Revolutionary Soldiers in time for Memorial Day.  They honored Andrew Cochran and Thomas Hewitt of the Pennsylvania Militia and the Continental Line.  Picture submitted by Chapter President Stephen Patrick.

Mahoning Valley Chapter SAR Recruits in Boardman, Ohio

LtoR: John Opre, Chapter Vice-President; Phil Bracy, Chapter President; Jason Loree, Township Administrator; and Scott Davis, Chapter Secretary. Photo by township staff.

The Mahoning Valley Chapter SAR conducted an” Honor Your Patriot” event at the Saturday, June 3rd, “Boardman Community Day”. This annual event, held at 8299 Market Street, featured free food; ice cream; a helicopter; fire trucks; police cars; a petting zoo and llamas. Hundreds of people passed through, offering an opportunity to inform the public about the Chapter and distribute materials.

The township welcomed the Chapter and a photo for a local paper with the Trustees was taken. 


Independence Hall Bucket List – Philadelphia, PA


For all of us, there is a bucket list of things we’d like to do. This list becomes more urgent as we reach retirement and the clock keeps ticking.

For members of the SAR and DAR, and American history buffs in general, visiting Independence Hall in Philadelphia is a MUST.

Compatriot Bob Hill of the Hocking Valley Chapter recently made a pilgrimage there beginning the day after Memorial Day. 

Recently retired from the US Postal Service, Bob placed Independence Hall at the top of his road trip list, and he says the long drive is worth it. He also says, “To stand in that ‘sacred space,’ the very room where the Founding Fathers debated, argued, crafted, and voted for independence, creating a new nation — a republic based on law — and going to war against the strongest military on earth at the time — is inspiring to think of their courage! It’s akin to walking the battleground at Guilford Court House or Gettysburg.”

Keeping a budget in mind, Bob squeezed in what he could in two days: Independence Hall, Liberty Bell Center,  Portrait Gallery (of Revolutionary heroes) in the Second Bank of the US, a visit to the new Museum of the American Revolution, the Betsy Ross House, Carpenter’s Hall (where the First Continental Congress met in 1774), Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution, and Christ Church Burial Ground (where several signers of the Declaration of Independence are buried, including Benjamin Franklin), and finding the historical marker for Tun Tavern, traditional birthplace of the US Marine Corps.

Day three on Bob’s trip was spent navigating the battlefield at Brandywine (west of Philadelphia), not an easy task since the battlefield is separated in parts by residential properties, narrow twisting roads, and heavy traffic. Bob then drove to Cecil County, MD, (about 50 miles distant), where Bob’s patriot ancestor, George Hill, once lived before migrating to Ohio in 1804.

Day four was spent doing some research at the local library and walking around the town of Elkton (in Revolutionary times called Head of Elk), and the beautiful area called Elk Neck, a peninsula at the top of Chesapeake Bay, where the teenaged George Hill once walked himself, and no doubt witnessed the landing of 18,000 British troops there in 1777 on their way to attack Philadelphia. The following year George would enlist in Light Horse Harry Lee’s Legion of the Continental Army. Bob says it’s inspiring connecting an ancestor to all these momentous events, walking on the same ground where they lived, and reflecting on their courage and sacrifice which created the wonderful nation we live in today.

Flag Folding Ceremony by Hocking Valley – Granville


Photo: The Hocking Valley Chapter Color Guard at Granville: L to R, Color Guard Commander Bob Davis, Bob Hill, Al Gummere, Chuck Bundy, Don Miller, Jeff Walt, Paul Irwin, Tom Hankins.

For the fourth time in a row, the Hocking Valley Chapter marched in the Granville, Ohio (Licking County) Memorial Day Parade and attended the ceremony at Maple Grove Cemetery where the parade ends. But this year was different and more special than the other years.

This year, the color guard was asked, with great honor, to perform it’s flag folding ceremony for the family of US Army 1st Lt. Michael Runyan, killed in Iraq in 2010. Michael was the focus of this year’s event, which included a jet fly-over in the Missing Man Formation.

Town council members witnessed the Hocking Valley flag folding ceremony at a DAR headstone dedication on April 30th and were quite impressed with its solemn ritual, and approached compatriot Tom Hankins with the idea of performing it on Memorial Day. 

This year the crowd was nearly twice as large as usual, with an estimated 700 people filling up the cemetery hillside in front of the speaker’s stage. Compatriot Bob Hill read the meaning of each fold from the speaker’s lectern as compatriots Tom Hankins and Bob Davis folded the flag in front of the Runyan family seated in the first row. The folded flag was then presented to Michael’s parents, Jeffrey and Renee Runyan.

Of course, all veterans were recognized for their sacrifice by Mayor Melissa Hartfield, and various speakers from the American Legion, VFW and local students. But the losses became more personal when members of Michael Runyan’s family and friends spoke of his life ended too soon.

Music was provided by the Granville High School Marching Band and the adult “Land of Legend” Chorus. After the three volley rifle salute performed by the American Legion, the Hocking Valley Chapter was again honored by ending the ceremony with compatriots Davis and Hankins raising the cemetery National Colors from half staff to full staff at noon. Also, Columbus Channel Six provided coverage of the event, and the HVC Color Guard was in several scenes of the television news report. The Granville Sentinel-Newark Advocate newspapers also included the color guard in its coverage of Memorial Day.




Mahoning Valley SAR Participates in Memorial Day Parade – Canfield, OH

At the “Wall of Honor “from left to right: Phil Bracy, Chapter President; Scott Davis, Secretary; Jim Alexander, Chaplain; Larry Koval, Color Guard; and Craig Campbell, Registrar. Photo by Adam Davis.

The Mahoning Valley Chapter SAR celebrated Memorial Day by participating in Canfield’s parade on Monday May 29th.

Events included a 10 AM service at the Village Green Gazebo hosted by American Legion Post 177.  The Canfield Mayor and Township Trustees addressed the crowd. The featured speaker was Richard Duffett, a 1981 United States Naval Academy graduate.

A march then took place to Canfield East Cemetery, where a twenty-one gun salute and wreath laying took  place. Reassembling, the march proceeded to the War Museum and the Wall of Honor where a new plaque, donated by Congressman Bill Johnson, honoring 4 new honorees was presented.

During the proceeding, the Mahoning Valley Chapter Color Guard and members fell-in to honor the veterans who gave their all.

Lake View Cemetery Annual Memorial Day Program 2017

On Monday, May 29, 2017, it was a beautiful sunny spring day for remembrances of those who gave the last full measure to protect our freedoms.  The Western Reserve Society Archibald M. Willard Color Guard participated in the Lake View Cemetery Annual Memorial Day Program.  The parade formation took place in the shadow of the grand monument of the 20th US President, James A. Garfield, who spoke at the first Decoration Day on May 30,1863.

LtoR: John Franklin (WRS Color Guard Commander), Galen Swab, (WRS), Scott Glasgow (Lafayette Chapter), and Chris Bartholomew (WRS)

The Color Guard stepped off the parade, followed by the “We Made History” reenactors portraying Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, General Ulysses S. Grant, General James A. Garfield, and Lucretia Garfield, then Boy Scout Troop 701, and the Horizon Science Academy JROTC Color Guard Unit.

With the start of the program, there was a welcoming by Lake View Cemetery President, Katharine Goss, who introduced the Master of Ceremonies, Terry Whalen. Whalen is with the Three Deuce Five Marine Foundation.

The Horizon Science Academy JROTC raised the American Flag, and the Cleveland Letter Carriers Band NALC Branch 40 played the National Anthem.  Eagle Scout, Frank Yagl led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance, and Irv Aplis of American Legion Post 759 gave the opening prayer. The Cleveland Letter Carriers Band played a well-liked “Tribute to the Armed Forces.”

Rev. Chuck Behrens (M.Div.), gave the memorial address. Currently, Rev. Behrens is the Spiritual Care Coordinator at the Hospice of the Western Reserve. He spoke on remember not only those of the military who have passed, but also your own loved ones who are no longer with us.  Be there for the living, those who are still going through a difficult time.

After the Memorial address there was the placing of the wreaths by 20 organizations, including the Boy Scouts, SAR, DAR, C.A.R., Order of Founders and Patriots, VFW Units, James A. Garfield Camp #142 Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, American Legion Posts, and the Garfield Family Wreath Presentation. WRSSAR President William Shanklin placed a wreath on behalf of Western Reserve Society Sons of the American Revolution.  After the placement of the wreaths, Horizon Science Academy JROTC gave a rifle salute. Taps were played and followed by a benediction. To close out the program, Tom Garfield, the 3rd Great Grandson of President James A. Garfield played “Amazing Grace” on his bagpipe.

It was such a beautiful day with a large turn out of people for this service, which was such a wonderful way to remember the true meaning of Memorial Day!

LtoR: Scott Glasgow (Lafayette Chapter), Galen Swab (WRSSAR), Lee MacBride (WRSSAR), Past President Zack Hoon (WRSSAR), WRS President William Shanklin, Past President John Franklin (WRSSSAR), Christopher Bartholomew (WRSSAR): Not shown: Samuel Hartwell (WRSSAR), Peter Thorpe (WRSSAR) and James Glasgow, Sr. (Lafayette Chapter)

Mahoning Valley Chapter SAR Hosting an Honor Your Patriot Drive

The Mahoning Valley Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, Ohio Society will be conducting two recruitment meetings for residents of Trumbull County. The Chapter service area includes Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana Counties. Location for the two Meetings will be held at The Chop House, 9519 E. Market St., Warren, OH 44484. Our first meeting will be held on June 14th, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. In the evening.

Membership in the Sons of the American Revolution is for any man who is 18 years of age or older and is a lineal descendant of an ancestor Who supported the American War of Independence. Ancestors who fought in the military or militia, who provided supplies to the American cause, served on political bodies supporting the Revolution or who signed an oath of support and similar acts are eligible for membership.

Recruitment chairman, Scott Davis will preside and Phil Bracy, President of the Mahoning Valley Chapter will be the principal speaker. Craig Campbell, Chapter Registrar and members of the Chapter will be available to answer questions and assist in filling out membership applications. If you cannot join us please e-mail Phil at pjbracy@outlook.com, Craig  at cbcamp5@zoominternet.net or Scott at snddavis@msn.com and we will get back to you. We hope you will join us and Honor your family Patriot!

Marietta Chapter SAR Participates in Commemoration of Buford’s Massacre

On Saturday May 27, 2017, the Ohio Society SAR Marietta Chapter was invited by the South Carolina Society General Francis Marion Chapter to participate in the Commemoration of the 237th Anniversary of Buford’s Massacre, Battle of the Waxhaws, Buford’s Crossroads, South Carolina.

Marietta Chapter President Steve Frash placed a wreath along with other SAR, DAR, SCSSAR Auxiliary, and C.A.R. Societies and Chapter’s from South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia.

American Colonel Abraham Buford was the commander of 300 to 350 men, comprised of a Virginia regiment of infantry and a company of artillery.  Two hundred thirty-seven years ago, on May 29, 1780, British Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton pursued Colonel Buford from Nelson’s Ferry to Buford near the Waxhaws District.  Colonel Buford attempted to surrender, but a bloody battle ensued, with American casualties numbering 113.  Even more were taken prisoner, and 150 of the 253 prisoners were wounded.  Tarleton became known as “Bloody Ban,” and  “Tarleton’s Quarter”  became the rallying battle cry for Southern Patriots until the surrender of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown in 1781.

Hocking Valley Color Guard Attend Martin’s Station Ceremony – Cumberland Gap, KY


On Saturday, May 13th, Bob Hill and Jeff Walt of the Hocking Valley Chapter, OHSSAR joined compatriots from Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, Alabama, and Georgia at the 17th Anniversary Raid at Martin’s Station Ceremony, a national event, held at Virginia Wilderness Road State Park, on the Virginia side of the Cumberland Gap where the state lines of Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee converge.

Greetings from the National Society SAR was given by Mark Brennan, Vice President General Mid-Atlantic District. The main speaker was Patrick Kelley, 1st Vice President of the Virginia Society SAR.

Compatriots Hill and Walt joined the SAR Color Guard procession, which first assisted JROTC members dressed as militia, raise the National Colors at the Visitor’s Center. After the speaker’s segment of events, the Color Guard then marched to the SAR monument near the fort at Martin’s Station to present wreaths. 

This event doesn’t commemorate a particular battle, but a series of events which occurred before, during, and after the American Revolution, including several raids and skirmishes at Martin’s Station by native Indians , primarily Cherokee, and smaller British forces against the Virginia Militia and American settlers at the fort.

These events were very much a part of America’s pioneer history and the settlement of Kentucky. Dr. Thomas Walker first explored the area in 1750 and noted the Cumberland Gap long used by Native Americans for access to hunting lands. In 1769, an attempt led by Joseph Martin for a settlement in the Powell Valley adjacent to the gap failed after attacks by Indians. Martin returned in March, 1775 with 18 men and successfully established a fortified settlement named Martin’s Station. Soon thereafter Daniel Boone explored and widened a trail through the Cumberland Gap, giving thousands of settlers an avenue through the Appalachian Mountain barrier into Kentucky from the Wilderness Road in Virginia.

Other events throughout the day included militia and Native American encampments, vendors selling wares for colonial and pioneer enthusiasts,  300 reenactors depicting life at Martin’s Station, and spectacular battles in the afternoon and at nightfall. Adding to the historical ambience is the fort itself, built in accurate detail by reenactors, and the absolutely beautiful natural backdrop of the Appalachian Mountains and the Cumberland Gap.

Below: The afternoon battle begins at Martin’s Station.


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