Cincinnati Chapter SAR – John Reily Chapter DAR Joint Veterans Day Luncheon
Veterans Day was observed by the Cincinnati Chapter SAR and the John Reily Chapter DAR at the Fairfield Banquet & Convention Center at Tori’s Station in Fairfield, Ohio on the 14th of November. Members of both organizations were encouraged to bring a veteran to the luncheon as a guest. President Mike Gunn of the Cincinnati Chapter and Regent Valerie Wilke of the John Reily Chapter shared the program for the afternoon event.
The keynote speaker was Ohio Society SAR Secretary, Col. (ret.) Donald C. McGraw, Jr. Colonel McGraw was commissioned in the U.S. Army Field Artillery from the United States Military Academy in 1979. He spent 14 months in 2005 & 2006 as the Director of Operations, CJ-3, for Combined Forces Command – Afghanistan and spent the remainder of his commissioned service as the Director for Afghanistan Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Colonel McGraw retired from the U.S. Army in July 2009.