Patriot’s Day – Cincinnati
On Saturday, April 19, 2014 the Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution hosted two ceremonies honoring Revolutionary War Soldiers. The ceremonies were held at the historic Spring Grove Cemetery, the second largest cemetery in the United States.
The first event centered upon a stone monument with bronze markers identifying 60 Revolutionary War Veterans buried in Hamilton County and many later re-interred at Spring Grove. Thirty Five had been identified in 1976 with the first plaque and now an additional twenty-five are honored by the new SAR plaque.
The second event dedicated a U.S. Veterans Administration Grave Marker for Revolutionary War Solider Joshua Wyeth. He was at the Boston Tea Party, Bunker Hill, and the Battle of White Plains. After the war he moved out to the Ohio Country where he made his home in early Springfield and then Cincinnati. In 1827 he told his story of the the Boston Tea Party and identified many of the early patriots who participated. He died in 1829 and was interred at the Presbyterian Twelfth Street Burial Ground. The Cemetery became Washington Park where many of the graves were covered over rather than moved. The marker in Spring Grove is to remember Patriot Wyeth and his contributions to the country.
Forty of his descendants from as far away as California attended the marking ceremony. Speakers included George Ruch, Ohio Society President, Sandy McCann, Ohio State Regent of the DAR and many local SAR, DAR and CAR chapters. Color Guard of Ohio and Kentucky presented the colors and provided the flintlock salute. In total there were over 120 people who attended the events.
Special call out of thanks to Michael Gunn, James Schaffer and Don McGraw of the Cincinnati Chapter for the months of planning and research necessary to make the events memorable and meaningful.