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Wreaths Across America – Painesville, Ohio

On Saturday, December 16, 2017, the joint Color Guard from the Ohio SAR included: Northeast Ohio Chapter, Samuel Huntington Chapter and Western Reserve Society SAR.  Compatriots from these Chapters participated in the Wreaths Across America ceremony at Evergreen cemetery in Painesville, Ohio.  Over 1,000 Veterans are interred, including 10 Patriots from the American Revolution.

The event was sponsored by the New Connecticut Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution.  Debbie Kocsis, Regent, NCCDAR opened the ceremony, which included the American Legion Post 336 Color Guard, and Anthony Carson Painesville City Manager.

Loralee Hill of the DAR delivered the Invocation and Benediction.  Then Linda Rothchild, Western Reserve Lakewood Chapter DAR, and Cub Scout Pack 75 led the Pledge of Allegiance, and Ms. Heidi Skok sang the National Anthem and later God Bless America.

The following Compatriots and some wives participated: John Franklin (WRS), Robert Parvin (SHC) and Diane Parvin, Galen Swab (WRS), Robert Bradt (SHC) and his wife, James Gilbert (NEOC), Kirk Bacon (NEOC), Diane and James Pildner (NEOC), Tim Ward (NEOC), Venie Hinson, Lee MacBride (WRS) and Steve Hinson (NEOC).


Western Reserve Awards – Cleveland


On Friday evening, December 15, the Western Reserve Society held its Annual Meeting and Holiday Dinner at The Tudor Arms Hotel of Cleveland. As members and guests arrived, holiday music was played on the piano and warm apple cider and drinks flowed. The meeting was opened with President William Shanklin requesting the Color Guard to post the colors. Compatriot Roger Jones led everyone in singing The National Anthem.

After dinner, two new members: Richard W. Ashton and Brian J. Lamb were inducted into WRS by President William Shanklin.


The highlight of the evening was awarding the Archibald Willard Award and bowl by last recipient J. Atlee Horner to long time member and Past President, Zackary K. Hoon. Past recipients of the Willard Award congratulate the 2017 awardee Zackary K. Hoon.
L to R: Lee C. MacBride (2015), Douglas M. Dechert (2006), John H. Franklin, Jr. (2007), Roger P. Jones (2009), Zackary K. Hoon (2017), J. Atlee Horner III (2016), Ted M. Minier (2011), Fredrick A. Watkins (2013) and William M. Donley (2003).


President William Shanklin called the Annual Meeting to order and the necrology report was read of those compatriots that passed away in 2017.

Then the slate of new officers for 2018 was presented. After asking if there were any candidates from the floor, the candidates were then unanimously approved.

The new officers are: David B. Foster (President/ Chaplin), J. Atlee Horner III (1st Vice President/Treasurer), Thomas M. Stickney (2nd Vice President/Parliamentarian), William L.S. Ross (Secretary), Richard C.O. Rezie (Registrar), Nathan P. Carmon (Genealogist), William Shanklin (Trustee), Peter W. Knox (Trustee) and Daniel Mitchel (Trustee). Congratulations to all of these compatriots. Here’s to another successful year!



Wreaths Across America – Ohio

2017-12-16 12.34.30Wreaths Across America was held on Saturday, December 16, 2017. Over 1,470,000 wreaths were placed on Veterans’ graves at over 1000 cemeteries. For the second year in a row every grave at Arlington National Cemetery received a wreath.
In Ohio, 55 cemeteries received wreaths to be placed graveside. Ohio Society SAR Chapters were active in sponsoring and placing wreaths. Western Reserve Society, Cincinnati, Benjamin Franklin, Richard Montgomery, John Hancock, North East Ohio, Mahoning Valley, Hocking Valley, General Henry Knox, and Arthur St. Clair, Camp Charlotte Chapters were active participants. As National Chair of Partners in Patriotism, Tony Robinson congratulated each of the Chapters in their active participation.



Hocking Valley Awards


The Hocking Valley Chapter held its Annual Awards Gathering at the Lancaster Library (Fairfield County), attended by State SAR President Don McGraw. Many awards were given out this year, including a Heroism Award to the widow of Kirkersville Police Chief Steven Disario who was killed by a gunman in May of this year. The chapter also donated a check for $300 to the widow, Aryn Disario, and her family of six children who were in attendance.


 After the Awards Gathering, three chapter members and two wives went to the Crestview Manor Nursing Home to award compatriot John Dye, 90, the Meritorious Service Medal. A month earlier, John suffered a stroke, and was staying at the facility for recovery and therapy. John has been instrumental in the chapter’s outreach to school history education for years, visiting classrooms on his own and with fellow compatriots, as well as promoting the SAR poster contests. 


Christmas Parade – Somerset

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On December 2nd, the Hocking Valley Chapter marched in the Somerset Christmas Parade (Perry County) and gathered for dinner at the Clay Haus, a historic restaurant in Somerset.

Veterans’ Day Assemblies – Gahanna

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Veterans’ Day School Assemblies at Licking Heights Elementary brought out the Hocking Valley Chapter and the General Henry Knox Chapter to multiple buildings. The students were introduced to the first American Veterans and then their family members who served in the military were introduced to the students. Over 120 veterans were introduced at each school.

Above: Ernie Moreland, Center, and Steve Kelley of General Henry Knox talk to the fourth grade class at Licking Heights.

It was the seventh year for the Hocking Valley Chapter to Attend the South Elementary School Assembly.

Mahoning Valley SAR Holiday Luncheon – Youngstown, OH

Members of the Mahoning Valley Chapter Sons of the American Revolution gathered on December 9th for their Holiday Luncheon at the Youngstown Country Club.  Joining the Chapter for this special event were representatives of the Ohio Society SAR (OHSSAR).  State Genealogist Timothy Ward and Eastern District Chairman Larry Perkins were given a warm welcome by Chapter President Phil Bracy. 

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LtoR: Chapter President Phil Bracy; State Genealogist Timothy Ward – Photo by Diane Bracy

The keynote speaker for the program was Douglas P. Angeloni, retired teacher, historian, amateur archaeologist and Trustee with the “Friends of Fort Lauren’s Foundation”.  Mr. Angeloni presented the story of Fort Lauren’s, the only Revolutionary War Fort in Ohio.


LtoR: Chapter President Phil Bracy; Mr. Douglas Angeloni – Photo By Diane Bracy

LtoR: Chapter Secretary Scott Davis; Mr. William Motsinger – Photo By Adam Davis


Chapter Secretary Scott Davis was invited to the podium to make the presentation of a Flag Award to the Youngstown Country Club, which was accepted by Mr. William Motsinger, President of the Club. 

In support of the OHSSAR, the Mahoning Valley Chapter purchased ten state society challenge coins; six of the coins will be offered for sale to the membership and four were used as award presentations.

Mahoning Valley Chapter President Phil Bracy administered the SAR Oath to the chapter’s newest member, J.D. Williams, and recognized transfer-member, Dr. Clark White Jr. 



Ohio Society SAR Fundraising Programs

Happy Holidays, Compatriots!

As 2017 comes to a close, 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 in 2017 to become an officer in the Fort Laurens Regiment or advance your rank!


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 Chapter SAR Salutes Veterans at Luncheon – Austintown, OH

LtoR: Mahoning Valley Chapter President, Phil Bracy administers oath to new members Adam and Jonathan Davis (father Scott Davis ceremoniously standing in for Jonathan).

The Mahoning Valley Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution gathered at the Manor restaurant in Austintown Ohio to recognize the sacrifice of Veterans on Saturday November 11th. Joining the Chapter for the meeting was Ohio Society SAR 1st Vice President, Shawn Cox, who help welcome two new members, Adam Scott Davis and Jonathan Morgan Davis.

Following the swearing in by Chapter President Phil Bracy, awards were presented. Bracy decided that awards would be in the form of the Ohio Society SAR challenge coins to support the OHSSAR. Recognized for helping organize and support the Chapter in time, talent and treasure were Chapter Vice President John Opre and  Chaplain Jim Alexander. Compatriot Scott Davis was also recognized for setting up the Chapter’s facebook page; a dedicated e-mail account;  Mail Chimp and for his efforts with the youth programs.

LtoR: OHSSAR 1st Vice President, Shawn Cox presents Adam Davis his membership certificate while Dad (Scott) looks on.

LtoR: Mahoning Valley Chapter President Phil Bracy; Ohio Society SAR 1st Vice President Shawn Cox; Scott Davis; and Adam Davis.

Speakers for the meeting were Lieutenant Jeremiah Greenman (Bob Hurd) who served in the Revolutionary War and his wife, Mary Eddy Greenman (Dorothy Hurd). They highlighted events of the Revolutionary War and the career of Jeremiah Greenman who was born in 1758 in Newport Rhode Island and enlisted in the Continental Army in May 1775, served all 8 years and rose to the rank of Lieutenant by war’s end. In 1784 he married Mary Eddy. He kept meticulous journal notes from his campaigns from Quebec to Philadelphia and ended up sharing them in his book “Diary of a Common Soldier in the Revolutionary War”. He died in 1828 and is buried on the family farm in Waterford , Washington County, Ohio. Mary then shared her story. She was born in 1759 , they had one son.  When Jeremiah died she moved around and in 1839 she passed away. Her grave is in McLean, Illinois. Mr. amd Mrs. Hurd are part of the Living History Program.

LtoR: Lieutenant Jeremiah Greenman (Bob Hurd) and his wife Mary Eddy Greenman (Dorothy Hurd)

Photos courtesy of Donna Alexander.

Ohio Society Marietta Chapter SAR Recognizes Boy Scout Troop 549 for Assistance – West Milford, WV

Compatriot Larry Butcher (Back Row Left) with the Scouts of Troop 549

On October 9, 2017, Sons of the American Revolution Marietta Chapter Secretary Larry Butcher presented the members of Boy Scouts of America Troop 549 with patches and certificates in appreciation of their assistance in the SAR grave marking of Revolutionary War Patriot Paulser Butcher.  Troop 549 is based at the West Milford Methodist Church in West Milford, West Virginia, which is where the presentation occurred.

Private Butcher is buried in the Butcher Cemetery in Butcherville, West Virginia. During the grave marking ceremony, the scouts cleaned the grave marker, necessary due to rain before the event; distributed programs; served in the Color Guard, and cleaned the cemetery after the service.

Scouts in attendance were: Jake Shuttleworth, Matthew Shuttleworth , Ethan Tyler, Derek Gifford, Andy Reed, Tyler Reed, Seth Audia, Mitchell Hawkins, Nicholas Talerico, and Scout Master Joe Shuttleworth.

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