The Eyes of Freedom began in Ohio Statehouse back in 2008 as a living memorial to the fifteen members of Lima Company who lost their lives in an Attack in Afghanistan in 2005. Annita Hill painted life-size portraits of the men. They were placed in a circle in the Rotunda of the Statehouse. The rest is history.
The first week of February the Memorial was once again in the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda. Mike and Sean were with the Memorial as they have been for years. It was the 319 presentation and has been seen in 32 states.
The Memorial will be seen again in Ohio in Marietta the last weekend of March in Cincinnati the last week of May and back in Columbus during Veterans Day week at the Veteran’s Memorial Museum on W. Broad Street.
Mike Strahle is pictured below, received a Purple Heart Medal for his service with the Lima Company.
Be sure to make time to see this moving tribute when it is near you.
At a special luncheon held on Saturday, February 8, 2020 the Dayton Police Officers now known as the Dayton Six were honored by the Sons of the American Revolution with the National NSSAR Medal of Heroism. The Medal is recognition of exemplary bravery and self-sacrifice in the face of imminent danger and only awarded in unique situations. The Officers honored were Sgt. Chad Knight, Officer Jeremy Campbell, Officer Vince Carter, Officer Dave Denlinger, Officer Ryan Nabel and Officer Brian Rolfes.
The Luncheon was held in conjunction with the Winter Board of Management of the Ohio Society at the Hope Hotel in Fairborn, Ohio next to the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
Key Note Speaker was Ohio Attorney General David Yost. Ohio SAR Presentation were made by First Vice-President Lee Wilkerson and State President Steve Hinson. State Chaplain Dr. R Edgar Bonniwell. Color Guard was led in by State Color Guard Commander Steve Frash. Ninety people were in attendance.
Please join the Ohio Society SAR in a Luncheon to honor six Dayton, Ohio police officers for their heroic action in subduing an active shooter in Dayton’s Oregon District on August 4, 2019. Please see the attached flyer for details and registration.
(l-r) Craig Cairns, Zane Chap President, Sheila Perkins, V-Regent Moravian Trail Chap, Steve Kelley, Presentator, and Franklin Chap Member, and Larry Perkins, Zane Chap Secretary.
The Ebenezer Zane Chap of the SAR and the Moravian Trail Chap of the DAR held a Flag Day Celebration at the Harrison Health Center Cafeteria in Cadiz, Ohio on Saturday, June 8, 2019. There were thirty in attendance.
The presentation was on the Census -Yesterday and Today given by Steve Kelley who drove out from Columbus. ( Larry Perkins was the first signer on Steve’s SAR application. ) Highlights included a 1900 Census Badge, the 1940 population of Harrison and Belmont Counties, the Genealogy Connection to the Census, Historical Firsts of the Census, and the 2020 Census Calendar. There were two people who were enumerators for the census in 2010 present and two others who had completed the ACS Survey.
After the Presentation there was a delightful luncheon followed by business meetings of each of the chapters.
Ohio State Color Guard Compatriots met at Mounds Cemetery, Marietta, OH on May 27th to participate in a revolutionary war patriot grave marking ceremony. The Cemetery holds the remains of 33 revolutionary war patriots and it has been said holds more revolutionary war officers than any cemetery in the country. Picture was taken in front of the memorial to the patriots a shower shortly before the sky opened up with heavy rain. The ceremony had to be moved inside at the nearby Marietta College Library.
On Memorial Day at Canal Winchester Remembrance Ceremony, John Kalb from Limmerick, Pennsylvania, was honored with a memorial stone in the Union Grove Cemetery at his family burial plots. Making the arrangements were Barry and Paula Schwoerer members of the Captain William Grayson Chapter, SAR and the Elizabeth McIntosh Hammill Chapter DAR, both of Northern Virginia. Mrs. Schwoerer was the fourth great-grandchild of Patriot Kalb.
The Ohio Society Color Guard provided men and flags for the grave marking. Steve Hinson, Society President and Chapter member from Northeastern Ohio came down to Canal Winchester, as well as, Steve Frash, Color Guard Commander and Chapter Member of Marietta Chapter, and Don Miller, President of the Benjamin Franklin Chapter and Steve Kelley of the Benjamin Franklin Chapter.
Pictured are (l-r) SAR Members, Steve Kelley Uniform, Steve Frash Uniform, Steve Hinson, Uniform, Paula and Barry Schwoerer, Nancy Schrim Wright, DAR Regent and Don Miller, Militia.
(L-R) Troy Bailey, Lee Wilkerson, President Stephen Hinson, Scott Davis, Jack Bredenforder.
The 130th Annual Meeting of the Ohio Society was held in Columbus, Ohio On May 4-5-6.
The major portion of the business was the election and installation of the new Officers of the Society.
The Color Guard of the Ohio Society SAR assisted the ladies of the Muskingum Chapter of the DAR in honoring the Chapter’s first Regent, Fanny Russell Brush. The recognition was part of the Muskingum Chapter’s 125 Anniversary.
Early in the morning of Saturday, October 13, 2018 members of the Muskingum Chapter climbed the hill at Woodlawn Cemetery to mark the grave of Fanny Russell Brush. They were led by the Color Guard of the Ohio Society SAR. Colors were presented by SAR Chapters from the Putnam, Marietta and the Franklin Chapters of the SAR. Led by Steve Frash, the colors were carried by Dan Bebee, Don Miller, and Steve Kelley. The Bag Piper William Conroy IV is also an SAR member with the Marietta Chapter.
Fanny Russell Brush, DAR #1541, organized the Muskingum Chapter in July 1893 with eleven other women of the County. The meeting was held at the Young Women’s Christian Association building in downtown Zanesville. The 125th Anniversary luncheon was held in the same building, now a restaurant and event place called Bryan’s Place. A bronze marker recognizing Mrs. Brush was placed on her family headstone.
There were ninety in attendance including the leadership of the Muskingum Chapter DAR, Stephanie Valent, Regent, State Regent Nancy Schirm Wright, DAR VPG Sandy Mitchell McCann and numerous local elected officials including the Honorable Jeff Tilton, Mayor of Zanesville and the Honorable Jim Porter, Muskingum County Commissioner.
The Ohio Society Color Guard presented the Colors at the 2018 Bomb Groups Joint Reunion held in Downtown Dayton on Saturday, September 15, 2018. The Group of 300 represented ten Bombardment Groups in the European Theater during World War Two. There were fifty Army Corp Veterans who flew the Bombers present.
The oldest veteran present was Al Hintenach from Catonsville, Maryland. He was 103 spy years old. He flew with the 376th Bombardment Group. He thought there was a lot of fuss about his service but he appreciated the chance to talk with old friends and people who remembered the B-24.
The SAR Color Guard presentation started a year ago with Ed Clendenin, a new member of the Texas SAR. He and his wife Pat thought that the reunion needed to step up its patriotic display. Knowing that the reunion was going to be in Dayton, Ohio, Ed used the SAR Color Guard Contact list and asked the Ohio Color Guard Commander Steve Frash about availability. Commander Frash agreed immediately and Ed’s wife, Pat began sewing Ed a uniform!
Ed Clendenin dressed in simple period clothing, his patriot was part of the minutemen of Massachusetts. From the Ohio Society, Steve Frash dressed in Pennsylvania 8th uniform leading the compliment. Steve Kelley of the Benjamin Franklin Chapter was in Continental line uniform and Bob Hill of Hocking Valley Chapter was in Dragoon Calvary uniform complete with bear fur helmet.
The reunion attendees were very pleased and excited by the presentation and were asking Ed to organize next year’s Color Guard Presentation in Dallas Texas. A new tradition has started for the Bombardment Groups Veterans.