Sons of the American Revolution, Ohio Society Activities

Constitution Day – Akron


The Lafayette Chapter held a Constitution Luncheon on Saturday, September 9th at the Fairlawn Country Club with 25 in attendance.  President Scott Glasgow gave a presentation on the U.S. Constitution.  Three new members were inducted into the chapter.




Video of R. Montgomery Chap – Dayton

Local Veteran Services – Mt. Vernon

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Ken Henthorn of the Knox County Veteran Services explained the programs and services available to the Veterans of Knox County at a combined SAR and DAR meeting on September 9th in Mount Vernon. There are over 5000 veterans and widows served each year by the office.

Pictured above are (l-r) Lynn McCann, Don Moxley, Ken Henthorn, Ernie Moreland and Bob Hamstead.

At the General Henry Knox Chapter Board of Management, Larry Layton was presented with his membership certificate and received the SAR Rosette from Chapter President Steve Kelley.

The Membership voted to financially support the local efforts for Wreaths Across America and the American Legion’s Buckeye Boys State.

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Perry’s Victory – Cleveland


On September 10, 2017, Compatriots John Franklin, Lee MacBride, (Western Reserve Society SAR Color Guard) and Dan Matheke (Northeast Ohio Chapter SAR Color Guard)  participated in the Early Setters Association (ESA) and the Peter Navarre Chapter Daughters of 1812 Society 204th Anniversary of Commodore Perry’s Victory on Lake Erie during the War of 1812 and the 120th Anniversary of The U.S. Daughters of 1812. This program was held at the Perry Monument at Ft. Huntington Park at Lakeside and West 4th St, Cleveland, Ohio.  

The event took place at the original location of Fort Huntington, where Perry after the battle sent his famous message: “We have met the enemy and they are ours. Two ships, two brigs, one schooner and one sloop. Yours with great respect and esteem.   O.H. Perry” 

ESA Chaplin, Paul Glenn, opened the program and asked everyone to join him in prayer for the organizations, and to those affected by the hurricanes.  President John Cimperman thanked everyone for coming, and told of Perry’s victory. Wreaths were placed by Jane Baran of the Peter Navarre Chapter of the War of 1812, Dr. Thomas Fuller  of The Early Settlers Association, and Gibert True placed the Western Reserve Society Sons of the American Revolution. 

After placing the wreaths, the group moved over to the Daughters of 1812 stone marker that was dedicated in 1927.  The Daughters of 1812 placed a wreath at this marker, too. 

A nice group was in attendance, and afterwards traveled to Merwins Wharf restaurant in the Flats for a delicious lunch where David Zavagno, President of the Lake Erie Heritage Foundation, spoke about the Battle of Lake Erie and its importance to us today.


Battle of Groton Heights, Groton, CN


On Sept. 3, the Friends of Fort Griswold in Groton held its annual ceremony to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Groton Heights, which occurred on Sept. 6, 1781. Although there are many who recognize the significance of this battle, not only to Groton but also to our country, there are unfortunately far too many who know very little, or sadly nothing at all, about the sacrifices made by those who fought there.

 There are conflicting accounts as to the number of soldiers, both American and British, who were killed or wounded during the actual battle. The best estimates place the numbers at 88 Americans and 15 British killed; 60 Americans and 142 British wounded. These numbers are chilling when you take into consideration that it has been estimated that the actual battle at the fort lasted 40 minutes.

 Steve Frash of the Marietta Chapter traveled to Groton, Connecticut to participate in SAR Nationally Recognized Event. He was honored to be able to present a wreath on behalf of the Ohio Society and to carry the Ohio flag in the ceremony. This marks the 40th SAR national color guard event he has attended in the last two years. (See Steve in the Color Guard Line on the far left holding the Ohio Flag.)

Cincinnati Chapter SAR Participates in Patriot Fair – Hamilton, Ohio

L to R: James D. Schaffer; Col. (Ret) Donald C. McGraw Jr.; Valerie L. Wilke; Anna Wilke; Rev. R. Edgar Bonniwell; Daniel S. Schmitz; Jerry Knight; Ken Carpenter; John H. Bredenfoerder; Paul M. Wilke.

On September 15th, 2017, the Garfield Middle School in Hamilton, Ohio hosted its inaugural Patriot Fair in observance of Constitution Day and Patriot Day.  Members of the Cincinnati Chapter Sons of the American Revolution; John Reily Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution; Cincinnati Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution; and Fort Hamilton Society Children of the American Revolution were honored to be invited to be presenters in this patriotic and educational event organized by Mr. Matthew Wilson, a teacher with the school’s History Department.

The Garfield Middle School is a public middle school located in Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio and is part of the Hamilton City School District. The school serves the 7th and 8th grade levels, and has an enrollment of approximately 800 students.

Members of the Cincinnati Chapter SAR Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guard presented the National Colors to the audience at both the morning and afternoon sessions of the event.  Following the National Anthem, Mr. Wilson delivered a message of inspiration and encouragement to the students to love our Country and to respect and support their friends and family.

Front Left: The Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guard

Front Center: Mr. Matthew Wilson

The well organized event was held in the school’s gymnasium, where nine stations were setup for presentations on historical or patriotic topics.  The students were given a “Passport” booklet, and challenged to visit each station and record key details in the Passport that were shared by the presenters.  Students were led by their teachers in groups of 30-40 in visits to each station, with station presenters having 10-12 minutes to deliver their topics before the groups rotated to the next station.  In all, nearly 350 students and teachers were in attendance at each of the two-hour sessions, morning and afternoon.

The topics presented to the students included the Cincinnati Chapter SAR’s Captain Howard Miller Memorial Flag Collection; the Wilke Collection of Revolutionary War artifacts and memorabilia; the U.S. Constitution; Ohio Revolutionary War History; the Battle of Yorktown; U.S. Flag etiquette, the Pledge of Allegiance; and lineage societies and genealogy.

Participating in the event from the Cincinnati Chapter SAR were Col. (Ret) Donald C. McGraw, Jr.; John H. Bredenfoerder (Chapter President); James D. Schaffer; Paul M. Wilke (Color Guard Commander); Jerry Knight, Kenneth Carpenter; Rev. Dr. R. Edgar Bonniwell; Daniel S. Schmitz; and Tom Hess. Representing the DAR were Valerie L. Wilke of the John Reily Chapter (Honorary Regent), and Gretchen H. Wilson of the Cincinnati Chapter (Regent).  Anna Wilke represented the John Reily Chapter DAR and the Fort Hamilton Chapter C.A.R.

The final message to the students in their Passports was to “come away with new knowledge about your country, a greater appreciation for your country and a deeper love for your country”. There was no doubt that Garfield Elementary School accomplished it’s mission.

In appreciation of his efforts in promoting patriotism and the study of American History, Col. Donald C. McGraw, Jr., State President of the Ohio Society SAR, presented Mr. Wilson with the Ohio Society Challenge Coin.

Canfield Fair Roundup – Mahoning Valley SAR

Jim Alexander, Chaplain Mahoning Valley Chapter SAR. Photo by Donna Alexander

The Canfield Fair, for the second year in a row, was a great experience for the Mahoning Valley Chapter.  Recruiting efforts brought 15 possible new or inactive members to the Chapter, with SAR membership flyers distributed to those who visited the Chapter’s booth.  A basket raffle raised over $100.  This was the first joint activity with the Mahoning Valley Chapter SAR and the Mahoning Chapter DAR.  Future participation with the sister organization is enthusiastically anticipated.

The Chapter extends special thanks to Dave Mannion for making the event successful and problem free. Thanks to Russ Wentz; John and Melanie Opre; Scott Davis and his wife Dorothy, who tirelessly and unselfishly donated time and energy to make the effort successful; John and Jennifer Phillips for taking on the coldest nights at the Fair (Friday and Saturday); Frank Barrett, Lafayette Chapter SAR and his wife, Michal, Chaplain of the Jane Bain Chapter DAR,  for enduring high winds and cold weather on Friday; and finally Jim Alexander and his wife Donna, who also endured the cold and wind. It is through the generosity of these helping hands that the Chapter continues to grow!

Mahoning Valley Chapter SAR Recruiting At Canfield Fair – Canfield, OH

Running from Wednesday August  30th until Labor Day, the 171st Canfield Fair in Canfield, Ohio is the site of a “Honor Your Patriot” recruitment drive by the Mahoning Valley Chapter SAR.  Last year over 300,000 people attended the fair . The Chapter has returned to recruit for the second year in a row, under the capable leadership of SAR member Dave Mannion, who serves on the Board of the Fair as well as the Chapter’s standing Fair Committee. Also serving on the committee are SAR members John Opre, Chapter Vice-President, and John Phillips.

This year, a drawing for a patriotic basket is being added. The drawing is the brainchild of Diane Bracy who said “you really need to have a basket”.  She immediately went out and purchased items for the basket, with Dorothy Davis volunteering to find filler items, selecting the basket and putting it all together.

A “Chip-in-a-Buck” collection will also be held for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, the proceeds of which going to the United Way Campaign.

Ohio Society SAR Fall 2017 Board Meeting – Oregon, OH

The Ohio Society Sons of the American Revolution Fall 2017 Board of Management Meeting will be held from Friday October 27th to Saturday October 28th at the Maumee Bay Resort and Conference Center in Lucas County, Ohio near Toledo.  Registration information is below. 

Mahoning Valley Chapter SAR Salutes Bob Evans for Pledge – Boardman, OH

LtoR: Jim Alexander, Chaplain; Jonathan Guerrier, Treasurer; Vicky Robinson, Assistant Manager; Phil Bracy, Chapter President; John Opre, Vice President; and Scott Davis, Secretary. Photo by Diane Bracy

Bob Evans Restaurant, located at 7347 California Avenue, was recognized by the Mahoning Valley Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution on Friday, August 18, 2017 for it’s twice daily recital of the Pledge of Allegiance. The practice of reciting the pledge dates back to September of 2011.

Employee, Sally Canavan approached her manager, Fred Griffin, about the idea as a way to honor her World War II vet dad and all veterans. It has been a staple of the restaurant ever since, stated Assistant Manager Vicky Robinson. She went on to say they are proud to carry on the tradition  of honoring the Country and our Veterans.  Phil Bracy, Chapter President, said he was pleased to award this certificate to such a business. He went on to say” it is these everyday events that go unrecognized for showing Love of Country, in ways that have always reflected our National character, Love of Country and respect for our Veterans.

If you’re in Boardman, stop by, have a great meal; and if you are there at the correct time, recite the Pledge with the crew and customers!!

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