Sons of the American Revolution, Ohio Society Activities

Western Reserve Society SAR Celebrates Flag Day at Union Club of Cleveland


After being presented the award Henry T.S. Heckman (seated) smiles with his family surrounding him. L to R: His brother Skip Dodson, and grandchildren Desiree Graves and Bradley Graves

On June 10, 2015 the Western Reserve Society held its Annual Flag Day Dinner meeting at the Union Club of Cleveland with a group of about 50 SAR and DAR members and guests. President David B. Foster asked The Archibald Willard Color Guard to post the colors. Commander John Franklin, Lee MacBride and Claude Custer presented the colors to open the program. David welcomed everyone and introduced Ohio Society North East District Chairman, Dan Matheke, who brought greetings from the Ohio Society of the SAR. After dinner, Vice President William Shanklin introduced the speaker Dr. Marcus Gallo from John Carroll University to speak about “Fair Play and American Revolution.” This was about the early settlement of western Pennsylvania by the Scotch-Irish and their part in the American Revolution.

The highlight of the evening was a surprise special award presentation by George Qua to WRS member Henry T.S. Heckman. Hank Heckman, a Navy man during World War II and Korean War was presented the Commander’s Award and Medal for Public Service by the Department of the Army. This was for Mr. Heckman’s selfless and dedicated service to the National Guard for his 23 years of service to the National Committee for Employer Support of the Ohio National Guard and Reserve. The Army National Guard, and the United States Army recognized Hank’s dedication to duty while he served as a standard for others to emulate.

Congratulations, Hank!


Hank reads aloud his award to all in attendance at the Flag Day dinner. L to R: George Qua (Presenter), Bill Shanklin (VP), Henry T. S. Heckman, Skip Dodson (Brother), and Carol Dodson (Skip’s wife)


Vice President William Shanklin presents a Certificate of Appreciation to Dr. Marcus Gallo for his educational and historic talk about “Fair Play and the American Revolution.” Dr. Gallo is a professor at John Carroll University.


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