Sons of the American Revolution, Ohio Society Activities

Independence Day Parade – Lancaster


The Hocking Valley Chapter recently participated in Lancaster’s Independence Day Parade (Fairfield County) as it has since the chapter’s inception in 2009.

It was a beautiful day, and a friendly, patriotic crowd enthusiastically waved to the SAR compatriots as they passed by in their parade wagon along the two mile route. Children were out in force this year, many dressed in red, white, and blue attire waving small American flags. Following behind the SAR parade wagon was a ringing Liberty Bell, a Civil War Fife and Drum Band, as well as Abe Lincoln and a parade wagon of Union Soldiers with their cannon. The chapter also took part in an Independence Day Parade in Sugar Grove, Ohio a few days earlier on July 1st.

In the photo, kneeling in first row, left to right: Paul Irwin, Don Miller, Al Gummere, Keith Kaufman, David Nessley. Standing in second row, left to right: Bob Davis, Tom Moe, Bob Hill, Chuck Bundy, Jim Stoner, Jeff Walt.

Celebrating the 4th – Marietta


Members of the Marietta Chapter marched in the City’s Independence Day Parade.

June Activities for Knox – Mount Vernon

IMG_1026Mid-Ohio Paving just north of Centerburg on SR3 posted an oversized American Flag on a 90 foot flagpole that can be seen for miles. Owner, Jim Nichols receives the SAR Flag Certificate from Flag Committee Chair Lynn McCann of the General Henry Knox Chapter.

In Early June the Chapter received new membersPhilip Houbler of Mount Vernon whose patriot fought in New Jersey and James Gregory of Delaware whose patriot fought in Delaware. Gregory also completed memberships for his son and three grandsons.  Picture below (l-r) Houbler, Gregory, and Chapter Genealogist Ernie Moreland.

A book review of the Whites of Their Eyes by Paul Lockhart told the story of Bunker Hill and the First American Army was presented by Chapter President Steve Kelley.IMG_0742

Memorial Day Parade – Miamisburg

IMG_1025Richard Montgomery Chapter Color Guard and members marched in the Miamisburg, Ohio Memorial Day Parade.

SAR/DAR Combined Meeting – Akron


The Lafayette Chapter in Akron held a combined meeting with the DAR chapters in Akron in April to recognize the activities and awards of the chapters.

Gates Mills Ohio 4th of July Parade

The Archibald Willard Color Guard of the Western Reserve Society Sons of the American Revolotion led the Gates Mills 4th of July Parade for our 21st year. On this bright and sunny day a large crowd was on hand for our Nation’s 241st Birthday.

L to R: Galen Swab, Stan Thomas, Scott Glasgow, James Glasgow, Claude Custer and leading up front Lee MacBride with his sword.

The color guard led the parade up the main street of Gates Mils past the Town Hall, Library, stores and restaurants, and then across the bridge over the Chagrin River.

The Color Guard passes the reviewing stand next to the Chagrin Valley Hunt Club where they turn left and MacBride gave a Colonial bow to the judges. From here they turn the corner and proceed to the Polo Field.

Color guard commander John Franklin gets a ride with the Gates Mills Fire Chief, Tom Robinson.

R to L: William Shanklin, WRS President, Cici Cao and Clark Langmack, master of ceremonies.

At the Pollo Field, Western Reserve Society President William Shanklin, presented a SAR Certificate of Outstanding Citizenship to Gates Mills 4th Grade student, Cici Cao, for her essay on “What the 4th of July Means to Me” Then Cici lead everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance to commence the events.

The Cleveland Kiltie Band played patriotic music for all to enjoy. What a great day!

Flag Day and Naturalization Ceremonies – Cleveland, OH

On Wednesday, June 14, the Western Reserve Society Sons of the American Revolution, Archibald Willard Color Guard, and Northeast Ohio Chapter SAR Color Guard, participated in the combined 240th Flag Day Anniversary, the US Army 242nd Birthday, and the Naturalization Ceremony at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in downtown Cleveland, which hosted this program. The Association of the U.S. Army, Newton D. Baker Chapter and the Joint Veterans’ Council of Cuyahoga County once again sponsored the event.  The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service and US District Court presented the naturalization certificates. It was a beautiful day for a very special celebration!

The program started with the posting of the Colors by the U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion, Cleveland Post accompanied by the SAR Color Guard. Major Thomas Jenks, US Army (Ret.) and  president of the Joint Veteran’s Council of Cuyahoga County welcomed everyone.   The mistress of ceremonies was Monica Robins, WKYC-TV, Channel 3, Senior Heath Correspondent and she sang the National Anthem.    Monica gave a salute to all new immigrants on becoming US citizens. There were greetings from a number of dignitaries and local groups, including the U. S. Army’s recognition of the Soldier of the Year by Newton D. Baker, Greater Cleveland Chapter of AUSA, to Sergeant First Class U.S. Army Steven Berry. Congratulations!

The guest Speaker was Judge Dan A. Polster of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, who swore in thirty-two new citizens.

Judge Polster welcoming two new citizens

Retiring the Colors of the Western Reserve Society SAR, Archibald Willard Color Guard, and the Northeast Ohio Chapter SAR Color Guard.

After the SAR retirement of the colors, everyone congratulated the new citizens who were available for pictures.  All were invited to have a piece of the Army’s birthday cake.

Members of the Color Guard that participated: L to R: Lance Beebe, Venie Hinson, Galen Swab, Jim Gilbert, Troy Bailey, Dan Matheke, John Franklin, and Steve Hinson

Early Settlers Association of Western Reserve Wreath Ceremony – Cleveland, OH

On June 14, 2017, The Early Settlers Association of the Western Reserve placed a wreath at the statue of young George Washington behind the Anthony J. Celebrezze Federal Office Building at the corner of Lakeside Ave. and East 6th Street in Cleveland, Ohio. The Western Reserve Society and Northeast Ohio Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution Color Guards presented the colors for the event.

Before the ceremony, a group of children at a summer camp with their counselors came out of the office building and asked about our group. We told them about our ancestors and the event and had a group photo with them. They were so happy!

L to R: Lance Beebe – Firelands Bicentennial Chapter; John Franklin – Western Reserve Society; Galen Swab – Western Reserve Society; Dan Matheke – Northeast Ohio Chapter; Venie Hinson – DAR; John Cimperman – The Early Settlers Association of the Western Reserve; Steve Hinson – Northeast Ohio Chapter; Jim Gilbert – Northeast Ohio Chapter; and Troy Bailey – Northeast Ohio Chapter

The placing of the wreath at the George Washington statue was to symbolize Flag Day and the forward thinking of George Washington as to the importance of the western lands of the new United States.

Washboard Festival – Logan


On Saturday, June 17th at Logan’s Washboard Festival (in Hocking County) the Hocking Valley Chapter Color Guard had an easier time carrying their flags and muskets than most parades where they march. This time the marching was done by two large and beautiful Clydesdale horses pulling a wagon filled with color guard members, a few of their wives, and kids from the Liberty Camp, a faith-based summer program that teaches children ages 8-12, early American history, patriotism, and civics. The color guard enjoyed waving to the friendly crowd lining the streets of downtown Logan as the Liberty Camp kids took turns passing out candy to parade onlookers. The Hocking Valley Chapter will be helping with programs at the Liberty Camp being held at the Four Corners Baptist Church near Logan during the week of July 24-28.

Color Guard members riding in the wagon at the Washboard Festival were: Jeff Walt, Chuck Bundy, Jim Stoner, Bob Hill, Don Miller, Paul Irwin, Keith Kaufman, and Matt Hardman. Member’s wives: Sharon Hardman, Phyllis Bundy, and June Kaufman.


237th Anniversary of the Battle of Ramsour’s Mill – Lincolnton, NC

On June 10th, the 237th Anniversary of the Battle of Ramsour’s Mill was observed at the F. D. Jack Kiser School located at 301 Jeb Seagle Drive, Lincolnton, North Carolina.

Ohio Society SAR Marietta Chapter President Steve Frash represented the Ohio Society at this year’s annual event.  Officers from the National Society SAR, as well as the Vice President General-Elect from the South Atlantic District, were in attendance.  Sons of the American Revolution chapters from the following states that presented honors were: North Carolina, Florida, Virginia, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Members of the Daughters of the American Revolution were attending from North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee. Other patriotic organizations present were the National Society of Colonial Dames XVII Century and Descendants of George Washington’s Army at Valley Forge.

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