Northeast Ohio 122 Strong – Geneva
The Northeast Ohio Chapter met on Saturday, April 13th in Geneva, Ohio. There were 32 present for the meeting. New members Edwin mannion, Jr., William Leonard, and Kyle Brown were recognized. The Chapter membership stood at 122 strong.
Jim Pildner, Chapter 2nd VP, (pictured above) provided a historical overview on the American’s Creed.
“I believe in the United States of America as a Government of the people by the people, for the people, whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a Republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect Union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.
I therefore believe it is my duty to my Country to love it; to support its Constitution; to obey its laws; to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.”
Historical Notes: The American’s Creed was a result of a nationwide contest. The contest was the idea of Henry Sterling Chapin, Commissioner of Education of New York State. Over three thousand entries were received, and William Tyler Page was declared to be the winner. The proceedings relating to the award were printed in the Congressional Record of April 13, 1918.
Referring to the Creed, Page said: “It is the summary of the fundamental principles of the American political faith as set forth in its greatest documents, its worthiest traditions, and its greatest leaders.” His wording of the Creed used passages and phrases from the Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, and Daniel Webster’s reply to Robert Y. Hayne in the Senate in 1830.
Color Guard events coming up in April and May include the Maple Festival in Chardon, the Blossom Time Festival in Chagrin Falls, and the Memorial Day Parade in Ashtabula.