Sons of the American Revolution, Ohio Society Activities

Mahoning Valley Chapter conduct an “Honor your Patriot” recruitment at Trumbull County Fair.

Members of the Mahoning Valley Chapter are conducting an “Honor Your Patriot” recruitment drive at the Trumbull County Fair from today until July 15th at Building 18 with our sister organization Mary Chesney DAR chapter.  This is our first year at this fair and they posted a photo of the Hub Scott flag collection on their facebook page.  During the morning hours Gale Alan Ebie was swore in as a new member.  While it is unusual for the Chapter to do so outside the meeting format since our next meeting will not be until fall we chose the venue to welcome him at this time.  This is one of two major Fairs that Mahoning Valley participate in, the other will be at the Canfield Fair.


Chapter President Phil Bracy, presents to Gale Alan Ebie his membership certificate after being sworn in with Larry Koval looking on. Photo by Scott Davis


Part of the Hub Scott flag collection at the Trumbull County Fair. Color Guardsman Larry Koval joined us for the occasion. Photo by Phil Bracy.


Cincinnati SAR Celebrates Independence Day

The Cincinnati SAR Independence Day celebrations began with assisting Celebrate America! at the Kings Mills Baptist Church on Saturday  June 30th. The Howard Miller Memorial Flag Collection was displayed. The Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guard presented the Colors and fired a firelock salute. We also had a display table of Revolutionary War memorabilia and Compatriot Ed Bonniwell gave his Yorktown presentation.

The Cincinnati Chapter’s Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guard marched in both the Madeira Independence Day Parade on July 3rd and the Montgomery Independence Day Parade on July 4th. Camp follower Emma Hartman joined 11 compatriots [Lee Wilkerson, Color Guard Commander; Shaun Smith, Dan Schmitz, Ken Carpenter, Bob Bowers, Brad Jarard, Jack Bredenfoerder, Mike Gunn

Ed Boniwell, Clay Crandall, Chuck Rogers, George Stewart, Gregg Ballman, Jeff Hartman and Jacob Hartman] for both parades and distributed poppy bookmarks to the large exuberant crowds assembled along the parade routes. The Spirit of Patriotism is alive and well in America!


59 Revolutionary War Patriots Honored by Cincinnati SAR on July 1, 2018

On July 1, 2018 the Cincinnati SAR Chapter celebrated the fifth ceremony and fourth annual Independence Day Celebration honoring those Fifty-nine Patriots who risked their lives for the freedoms and liberty we all enjoy today in these United States of America. At 1450 hours the following members reported for muster at the DAR/SAR Memorial at the north side of the Woodlands Section in Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum:  Turner Lee Wilkerson, Color Guard Commander; Shaun Smith; Dan Schmitz; Ken Carpenter, President of the Highlanders Chapter; Bob Bowers; Brad Jarard; Jack Bredenfoerder, President Cincinnati Chapter; Michael Gunn, past President Cincinnati SAR; Ed Boniwell; Clay Crandall; Chuck Rogers; George Stewart; Gregg Ballman; and Michael Blum all in Revolutionary War uniforms. The Colors were Posted by the Color Guard.


Beginning with our Pledge to the Flag, the SAR Pledge followed: “We the descendants of the heroes of the American Revolution who, by their sacrifices, established the United States of America, reaffirm our faith in the principles of liberty and our Constitutional Republic, and solemnly pledge ourselves to defend them against every foe.” An invocation was given by our Chaplin and guests and presenters were introduced. Emcee Gunn then read the re-dedication of the memorial: “We, the members of the Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution Re- dedicate this marked Memorial to the glory of God and in the recognition of the memory of these honorable Patriots of the American Revolution.”


Then Wreaths were placed at the monument, by: Ohio Society Lee Wilkerson; Cincinnati Chapter Jack Bredenfoerder and Highlander Chapter Ken Carpenter, each accompanied by an armed compatriot in uniform. The names of selected Patriots on the memorial were announced, each accompanied by the ringing of a bell. Then a 21 gun salute by 18th century muskets was presented, following the process of the Revolutionary War times. The SAR Recessional queued the conclusion of ceremonies, followed by the Color Guard retiring the colors and a Benediction by our Chaplain Ken Carpenter.


On this special day we shall once again give remembrance to all those who risked to safeguard our liberties on and around the field of battle and may God bless the United States of America.


Submitted by Michael B. Gunn, Publicity Committee Cincinnati SAR


Photo by Christine Smith, picturing the musket squad in the “Mourn” position in honor to the 59 named here and all those who’ve risked to safeguard our liberties on and around the field of battle.

Gates Mills Ohio 4th of July Parade 2018

Archibald Willard Color Guard of the Western Reserve Society Sons of the American Revolution led the Gates Mills 4th of July Parade for our 22nd year.


Left to right: Lee MacBride, Galen Swab, Fred Watkins and Claude Custer


On this bright and sunny day, a large crowd was on hand for our Nation’s 242nd Birthday. The color guard led the parade up the main street of Gates Mils past the Town Hall, Library, stores and restaurants, and then across the bridge over the Chagrin River.


The Color Guard passes the reviewing stand next to the Chagrin Valley Hunt Club, and Lee MacBride with the color guard gave a “Colonial present colors” to the judges. From here they turn the corner and proceeded to the Polo Field.


Left to right: Lee MacBride, Galen Swab, Fred Watkins and Claude Custer


Color guard commander, John Franklin, gets a ride with the Gates Mills Fire Chief, Tom Robinson.


At the Polo Field, Western Reserve Society 4th Grade Essay Chairman, Fred Watkins, presented a SAR Certificate of Outstanding Citizenship to Gates Mills 4th Grade student, Saatvic Rangu, for his essay on “What the 4th of July Means to Me.” Saatvic Rangu led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance to commence the events.


R to L: John Franklin, Lee MacBride, Saatvic Rangu and Clark Langmack – master of ceremonies, Fred Watkins – Past WRS President, Galen Swab and Claude Custer.

The Cleveland Kiltie Band and the Mayfield Heights High School Marching Band played patriotic music for all to enjoy.  Organizational Floats and owners of antique cars received honors. The children enjoyed it all, including a balloon man.  What a great day!

Naturalization Ceremony


On Friday, July 6, Northeastern Ohio Chapter and Western Reserve Society SAR Color Guards posted the National Colors at the Naturalization Ceremony hosted at President Garfield’s home, Lawnfield, in Mentor, Ohio. This program was sponsored by the National Park Services and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. The program took place on the back lawn of Garfield’s home where it was a beautiful sunny day.


The Honorable Judge William Baughman of the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Ohio presents the Certificates of Naturalization to the new citizens. Here he is presenting a certificate to a Canadian citizen who just took the oath for U.S. citizenship.


The combined Color Guard congratulates new citizens and have a photo op. L to R: A new citizen and her son, John H. Franklin, Dan Matheke, Steve Hinson and Venie, another new citizen and her son, Troy Bailey and Christine, Jim Gilbert and Dianne, and Galen Swab.

Ohio Society SAR Fundraising Programs


Please consider a donation to one of the Ohio Society SAR Fundraising Programs.

Ft. Laurens Regiment Endowment Program

Your donation to the Ft. Lauren’s Regiment Endowment Program will help secure the future success of many of the Ohio Society SAR programs. You decide which endowments will benefit from your donation. For more information, download the donation form:  http://ohssar.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/FT-Laurens-Flier-2Aug17.pdf

There is still time before our July 28th Fort Laurens Memorial Service to become an officer in the Fort Laurens Regiment or advance your rank!

The Fort Laurens Regiment will once again muster after the Fort Laurens Memorial Ceremony in Bolivar Ohio for our annual photograph. Make sure you are included by supporting the Ohio Society Endowments through the Fort Laurens Regiment Program.


Legacy Donations – 1st Place Youth Award Naming 

Would you like to leave a living legacy?  You can now endow a first place youth award for perpetuity by making one of the legacy donations listed below. Your name or your chapter’s name will forever be added to the endowed award. Here is the donation schedule for endowing and naming the 1st Place Youth Awards:

The Rumbaugh – High Oration  ________________ 1st Place Award 

$20,000 donation – endows an annual $1000 award.

The Eagle Scout ________________ 1st Place Award 

$16,000 donation – endows an annual $800 award.

The ROTC/JROTC ________________ 1st Place Award

$16,000 donation – endows an annual $800 award.

The George & Stella Knight Essay Contest _________________ 1st Place Award

$10, 000 donation – endows an annual $500 award.

The Americanism Elementary School Poster Contest ________________ 1st Place Award 

$5,000 donation – endows an annual $250 award.

The Americanism Middle School Brochure Contest ________________ 1st Place Award 

$5,000 donation – endows an annual $250 award.

Contact Compatriot Jack Bredenfoerder, Ohio Society SAR Fundraising Chairman for further details about how you can become a legacy donor: jack.b@fuse.net


Ohio Society Challenge Coins

The beautiful Ohio Society Challenge Coins designed by President General Joe Dooley make great gifts! They feature the Fort Laurens site – Ohio’s only Revolutionary War battle site. The proceeds of the challenge coins will benefit the OHSSAR general fund. Add this coin to your collection or they will make a fine gift to honor a special event or person! Download the order form from this link:

Ohio Society SAR Challenge Coins Order Form


Mahoning Valley and Northeastern chapter Color Guards gather to inaugurate their first joint 4th of July parade

Members of the Mahoning Valley Chapter and Color Guard were joined by the Northeastern Ohio Color Guard for the 53rd annual Canfield Fourth of July parade.  Clare Neff, wife of Mahoning Valley member, Bruce Neff, one of the co-chair of the parade planning committee aided the chapter in making our inaugural participation a great event.

The parade left from the Canfield Fairgrounds under sunny skies led by Police Chief, Chuck Colucci and Fire Chief, Don Hutchison promptly at 10:10 AM, proceeded down North Broad street, and winds to the Green past the reviewing Stand, a distance of approximately one and one quarter miles. The members of Mahoning Valley Chapter and both Color guards did well in the face of the 85 degree heat and high humidity.  At the end of the parade, some of the public asked to take photos with Color Guardsmen. Entertainment and music followed the parade near the Green.


Members of the Mahoning Valley Chapter Color Guard muster for the 4th of July parade in Canfield and were joined by their brothers from Northeastern Ohio Chapter.


Northeastern Ohio Chapter Color Guard joined Mahoning Valley for their first 4th of July parade. Dan Matheke, Jim Gilbert, Troy Bailey and Steve Hinson chat with a member of Mahoning Valley. Photo by Phil Bracy

Highlanders SAR President Honored by U.S. District Court – Cincinnati, OH


Highlanders SAR President Ken Carpenter received a very special recognition at the June 29th naturalization ceremonies at the Potter Stewart US District Court on Friday, June 29th. The Honorable Stephanie K. Bowman presented Ken with a certificate of appreciation signed by all the Southern Ohio Federal judges. Ken was recognized for his long-term service to the Federal Court naturalization ceremonies. Ken also received a beautiful Southern Ohio US Federal Court pin.

Flag Day and Naturalization Ceremony 2018 – Cleveland, Ohio


On Thursday, June 14, the Western Reserve Society Sons of the American Revolution, Archibald Willard Color Guard, and Northeast Ohio Chapter SAR Color Guard, participated in the combined 241st Flag Day Anniversary, the U.S. Army 243nd Birthday, and the Naturalization Ceremony at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in downtown Cleveland, which hosted this program. The Association of the U.S. Army, Newton D. Baker Chapter and the Joint Veterans’ Council of Cuyahoga County once again sponsored the event. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service and the U.S. District Court presented the naturalization certificates. It was a beautiful day for a very special celebration!

The program started with the posting of the Colors by the U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion, Cleveland Post accompanied by the SAR Color Guard. Major Thomas Jenks, U.S. Army (Ret.) and president of the Joint Veteran’s Council of Cuyahoga County welcomed everyone. The master of ceremonies was Reverend Stan Miller, long time Clevelander and minister of Rust United Methodist Church. Patricia Ramos sang the National Anthem. Rev. Miller gave a salute to all those who served in the military and the new immigrants on becoming US citizens. There were greetings from a number of dignitaries and local groups, including the U.S. Army’s recognition of the Soldier of the Year by Newton D. Baker, Greater Cleveland Chapter of Association of the U.S. Army, to Sergeant First Class Jordan Ferrari. Congratulations!


The guest Speaker was Chief Justice Solomon Oliver, Jr. from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. He spoke on the knowledge the new citizens learned about our country, which may be more than most citizens know and that they should take the time to register and vote. He asked everyone to learn about the candidates between now and November. Judge Oliver then swore in thirty new citizens from eighteen countries.



Judge Polster welcoming two new citizens. Retiring the Colors of the Western Reserve Society SAR, Archibald Willard Color Guard.

To close the program the combined Western Reserve Society and North East Chapter of the SAR retired the colors. Everyone congratulated the new citizens who were available for pictures. All were invited to have a piece of the Army’s birthday cake inside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


John Franklin, Lee MacBride, Jim Gilbert, Dan Matheke, Steve Hinson, James Pildner, Galen Swab and David Wiedner

Mahoning Valley SAR Celebrates Flag Day – Youngstown, OH


Hub Scott Flag Collection

The Mahoning Valley Chapter SAR joined with the Mahoning and Mary Chesney Chapters DAR at the Youngstown Country Club to celebrate Flag Day. Highlights of the meeting was Scott Davis Chapter Secretary’s presentation on the Hub Scott flag collection with the assistance of John Opre, Vice President and swearing in of new member, William Bruce Neff.

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Left to Right: John Layfield, member, Mary Chesney DAR, Mary Barson, Patricia Brandes, Regent Janet Schwietzer, Carol Olson, Chaplin and Barbara Layfield , Chapter President Phil Bracy and Scott Davis, Chapter Secretary.

The Hub Scott collection was assembled by Samuel Hubbard Scott of Toledo, Ohio.
A World War 1 veteran, he joined the SAR in 1948 and was soon elected to President of the Anthony Wayne Chapter. In 1958 he was recognized as a National Society Minuteman. He was also a member of the American  Legion and recognized for his patriotic flag displays known as the Mile of Flags. He never married and at his death in
1977 at age 86 the flag collection passed to the Ohio Society SAR to display and educate the public. The Mahoning Valley SAR Chapter wishes to thank the Ohio Society SAR and Tony Robinson, caretaker of the collection for sharing this resource with us.

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Secretary Scott Davis speaker on the flag collection with assistance of John Opre, Vice President.

The chapter also welcomed Bruce Neff as a new member. Chapter President Phil Bracy invited all who could to participate  in the Canfield 4th of July parade and our newest “Honor your Patriot” venue the Trumbull County Fair. The flag collection will be featured and the chapter will be joined by the Mary Chesney DAR chapter at the carriage house from July 10 – 15. Bracy also announced that Mahoning chapter DAR would be celebrating its 125th Anniversary at a brunch scheduled  at the Holiday Inn in Boardman on July 28th.

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Swearing in of new member Bruce Neff with Phil Bracy, Chapter President.

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