Sons of the American Revolution, Ohio Society Activities

Constitution Program at Ridge Brook Elementary – Parma


On Friday, September 15 at Ridge Brook Elementary School, Parma, OH, Western Reserve Society SAR Color Guard posted and retired the Colors with the Western Reserve-Lakewood Chapter of the DAR.  

 Above) John Franklin, Lee MacBride, and Linda Rothchild (Regent – Western Reserve-Lakewood Chapter NSDAR)  presented the colors.

 All the student rose and placed their hands over their heart to join in saying the Pledge of Allegiance. 

 Nancy Rylow presented a program to seventy 4th grade students in observance of Constitution week.  Her presentation included the history of United States Constitution, some main points of the document, and the way it is still important to our country today.  All the students received a folder with a US flag, the Preamble, and some facts.




Gold Star Mothers Sunday – Loudonville

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Gold Star Mothers Sunday is the last Sunday of September. This year that was September 24th. In 1947 the Mohican Memorial Forest Shrine to the Fallen was completed. On this the 70th Anniversary, the Gold Star Mothers met once again at the Shrine to remember those they have lost.

The Ohio Society President Don McGraw was a featured speaker at the event near Loudonville. He drove the Miller Flag Collection up from Cincinnati to the Shrine and had the Ohio Society Color Guard standing guard at the Shrine.

Guard Members attending the event included Larry Perkins representing Ebenezer Zane Chapter, Steve Frash representing the Marietta Chapter, Bob Davis, Chuck Bundy, Jeff Walt and Bob Hill all from Hocking Valley Chapter and Ernie Moreland with Steve Kelley representing General Henry Knox Chapter. Dan Carey and Steve Seckman representing General Henry Knox and Buglers Across America played Taps for the Service.

The local American Legion, VFW, and Marine Color Guard each played important roles in the Memorial Service. The Ladies of the Daughters of the American Revolution spoke and share in the hosting duties.

Constitution Assembly – Fairview Park


On Friday, September 15 at Gilles-Sweet Elementary School, Fairview Park, OH, Western Reserve Society SAR and Lafayette Chapter SAR Color Guard posted and retired the Colors with the Western Reserve-Lakewood Chapter of the DAR. Linda Rothchild, Regent of the Western Reserve-Lakewood Chapter NSDAR, presented this program to 140 4th grade students in observance of Constitution week. Her powerpoint presentation included the history of United States Constitution, some main points of the document, and the way it is still important to our country today.

Above: John Franklin, Stan Thomas, Carol Brim, and Scott Glasgow prepare for the presentation of the colors.

Below: Everyone joins in with saying the Pledge of Allegiance. All the students received a folder with a US flag, the Preamble, and some facts.


Cincinnati Chapter SAR Attends 7th Annual Patriot Fair – Mason, OH

Members of the Cincinnati Chapter Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) were well represented at the 2017 Patriot Fair, held on September 23rd   at the Mason City Building.  The all-day event was presented by the American Spirit Education Alliance.  The weather cooperated with clear skies, although the heat index was somewhat oppressive. Mason is a city of approximately 30,700 in southwestern Warren County, Ohio, 22 miles from downtown Cincinnati.

Ohio Society SAR’s Cincinnati Chapter was one of many patriotic and historical organizations participating in this year’s fair.  The Ohio Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) was represented by the John Reily Chapter of Butler County, and the Turtle Creek Chapter of Warren County.  In addition, the Ohio Society Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R.) was represented by its Fort Hamilton Society of Butler County.

L to R: Valerie Wilke, John Reily DAR; Marjorie Smith, John Reily DAR; Paul M. Wilke, Cincinnati SAR

Some of the other organizations participating were the American Heritage Girls 3124; the American Legion Post 194; the Boy Scouts of America; the Civil Air Patrol; the Department of Veteran Affairs; the Freedoms Foundation; the Mason Historical Society; the Mayflower Society; the Sons of the Union Veterans Civil War; and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Ohio Society SAR State President Colonel (Ret.) Donald C. McGraw, Jr., also a member of the Cincinnati Chapter, presented the Chapter’s Captain Howard Miller Memorial Flag Collection at one of 29 scheduled activities throughout the day.  Presenters, most in period uniform or attire, visited with guests throughout the day, and included re-enactors of Abigail Adams; Daniel Boone; Benjamin Franklin; General Ulysses Grant; Abraham and Mary Lincoln; Dolly Madison; Jefferson Davis; General John J. Pershing; Thomas Jefferson and many others.

Col. (Ret) Donald C. McGraw, Jr.

The Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guard of the Cincinnati Chapter was honored to present the National Colors after introductory remarks by Brian Thomas, radio talk show host at WKRC 550.  Included in the Color Guard were Shaun P. Smith; Conner M. Smith; John H. Bredenfoerder (Cincinnati Chapter President); Kenneth Carpenter; and Anna Wilke (Ft. Hamilton Society C.A.R.). Afterwards, Colonel McGraw presented a Military Tribute, where he spoke of the service of the U.S. Armed Forces throughout the history of our Nation.  During the presentation, he called event participants wearing the uniform of the period to the stage.

L to R: Ken Carpenter; John H. Bredenfoerder

L to R: Shaun Smith; Anna Wilke; Connor Smith

The mission of the American Spirit Education Alliance is to cultivate increased appreciation for and awareness of Colonial American history and the concepts, ideas, and principles that informed the Framers of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

Mahoning Valley Chapter SAR Participates in 9/11 Observation – Austintown, OH

Photo Credit: WKBN News – Youngstown, OH

On September 11, 2017, Austintown Trustees invited the Mahoning Valley Chapter Sons of the American Revolution to participate in this year’s observation of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, New York, Washington D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Youngstown and surrounding communities gathered to pay tribute to the fallen at the ceremony held in Austintown’s 9/11 Memorial Park beneath a 100 foot American flag hoisted between Boardman and Austintown Fire Departments’ ladder trucks.

The park displays a pair of rusted beams recovered from the wreckage of the World Trade Center; a pair of polished rectangles made to resemble the Twin Towers; an urn containing earth from the Shanksville, Pennsylvania crash site of Flight 93; a gazebo built to resemble the Pentagon; and several memorials to fallen Police and Firemen.

Beams Recovered From The World Trade Center

Memorial to Fallen Heroes

Beams Recovered From The World Trade Center

Urn With Earth From Shanksville

The crowd was numbered at 400 for the tribute.  Youngstown Mayor John McNally was the keynote speaker, and recounted the events of that fateful day.

The Mahoning Valley Chapter SAR was proud and humbled to lend its support to such an important American observation.

The Gathering at Sycamore Shoals – Elizabethton, TN

On September 16, 2017, the Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky Societies of the Central District Sons of the American Revolution,  traveled to Elizabethton, Tennessee to join with the Tennessee Society SAR in a celebration of the 230th Anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of the United States of America; and to commemorate the 237th Anniversary of the Gathering of the Overmountain Men at Sycamore Shoals and their Historic March to Victory at the Battle of Kings Mountain.  The event was hosted by the 1st District TNSSAR of North East Tennessee.  Compatriot Steve Frash, President of the Marietta Chapter SAR, represented the Ohio Society at the ceremony.

Marietta Chapter SAR Attends Grave Marking – Bristol, TN

On September 15th, 2017, OHSSAR Marietta Chapter President Steve Frash joined Color Guardsman from surrounding states that descended upon the Weaver Cemetery, 132 Peoples Road at Weaver Pike, Bristol, Tennessee to perform a Grave Marking Ceremony to honor Revolutionary War Patriots Joseph Rhea Sr., Joseph Rhea II, Matthew Rhea, William Carr and William Rutledge. The ceremony was sponsored by the Tennessee Society SAR District 1 – North East Tennessee.

Constitution Day – Akron


The Lafayette Chapter held a Constitution Luncheon on Saturday, September 9th at the Fairlawn Country Club with 25 in attendance.  President Scott Glasgow gave a presentation on the U.S. Constitution.  Three new members were inducted into the chapter.



Video of R. Montgomery Chap – Dayton

Local Veteran Services – Mt. Vernon

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Ken Henthorn of the Knox County Veteran Services explained the programs and services available to the Veterans of Knox County at a combined SAR and DAR meeting on September 9th in Mount Vernon. There are over 5000 veterans and widows served each year by the office.

Pictured above are (l-r) Lynn McCann, Don Moxley, Ken Henthorn, Ernie Moreland and Bob Hamstead.

At the General Henry Knox Chapter Board of Management, Larry Layton was presented with his membership certificate and received the SAR Rosette from Chapter President Steve Kelley.

The Membership voted to financially support the local efforts for Wreaths Across America and the American Legion’s Buckeye Boys State.

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