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Sons of the American Revolution, Ohio Society Activities

Hocking Valley Color Guard Attend Martin’s Station Ceremony – Cumberland Gap, KY

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On Saturday, May 13th, Bob Hill and Jeff Walt of the Hocking Valley Chapter, OHSSAR joined compatriots from Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, Alabama, and Georgia at the 17th Anniversary Raid at Martin’s Station Ceremony, a national event, held at Virginia Wilderness Road State Park, on the Virginia side of the Cumberland Gap where the state lines of Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee converge.

Greetings from the National Society SAR was given by Mark Brennan, Vice President General Mid-Atlantic District. The main speaker was Patrick Kelley, 1st Vice President of the Virginia Society SAR.

Compatriots Hill and Walt joined the SAR Color Guard procession, which first assisted JROTC members dressed as militia, raise the National Colors at the Visitor’s Center. After the speaker’s segment of events, the Color Guard then marched to the SAR monument near the fort at Martin’s Station to present wreaths. 

This event doesn’t commemorate a particular battle, but a series of events which occurred before, during, and after the American Revolution, including several raids and skirmishes at Martin’s Station by native Indians , primarily Cherokee, and smaller British forces against the Virginia Militia and American settlers at the fort.

These events were very much a part of America’s pioneer history and the settlement of Kentucky. Dr. Thomas Walker first explored the area in 1750 and noted the Cumberland Gap long used by Native Americans for access to hunting lands. In 1769, an attempt led by Joseph Martin for a settlement in the Powell Valley adjacent to the gap failed after attacks by Indians. Martin returned in March, 1775 with 18 men and successfully established a fortified settlement named Martin’s Station. Soon thereafter Daniel Boone explored and widened a trail through the Cumberland Gap, giving thousands of settlers an avenue through the Appalachian Mountain barrier into Kentucky from the Wilderness Road in Virginia.

Other events throughout the day included militia and Native American encampments, vendors selling wares for colonial and pioneer enthusiasts,  300 reenactors depicting life at Martin’s Station, and spectacular battles in the afternoon and at nightfall. Adding to the historical ambience is the fort itself, built in accurate detail by reenactors, and the absolutely beautiful natural backdrop of the Appalachian Mountains and the Cumberland Gap.

Below: The afternoon battle begins at Martin’s Station.

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JROTC Cadet Recognized For Patriotism

LtoR: Cadet Austin Anderson; Col. (Ret) Donald C. McGraw, Jr.

On May 6th, 2017, the Ohio Society Sons of the American Revolution recognized Cadet Austin Anderson of the U.S. Air Force JROTC with a special Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding patriotism.  The award was presented to Cadet Anderson at the Ohio Society’s 128th Annual State Conference held in Blue Ash, Ohio.

On September 11th, Cadet Anderson maintained a six-hour Honor Watch at Mount Vernon’s Public Square, Mount Vernon, Ohio, to draw attention to the day, and honor the fallen in New York City on 9/11.  Anderson carried the American Flag during his vigil.

Anderson is an active member of the Knox Career Center’s AFJROTC program, and a participant in the VFW Buckeye Boys State Program and Wreath Across America Services.  He is a recent graduate of the Mount Vernon High School, and will enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps in June.

Lt. Colonel Christopher Salvucci, U.S.A.F. (Ret), attended the presentation with Anderson.  He is the commander of the AFJROTC program at the Knox Career Center.

LtoR: LtCol. (Ret) Christopher Salvucci; Cadet Austin Anderson; Col. (Ret) Donald C. McGraw, Jr.

Camp Charlotte 10th Anniversary

IMG_0634The three Chapter presidents, Rick Hartinger, Tony Robinson, and Jim Rivers stand next to the Camp Charlotte Chapter Charter dated 2007.

To celebrate its tenth Anniversary the Camp Charlotte Chapter invited all living charter members back to Circleville for a special meeting of the membership that included a group picture for the chapter history books.  Six of the original eleven were able to attend.

Rick Hartinger as Secretary and Historian, and past chapter President read a history of the chapter to those in attendance and a brief  patriot history of the local members.  Many of the patriots are buried in Pickaway County and were part of the early history of the County. Highlights for the chapter included the Color Guard leading the Circleville Pumpkin Show, youth entries that won national awards, early sponsorship of Wreaths Across America, patriot grave markings, and a minuteman statue posted at the front of the cemetery. The Chapter has been awarded the Distinguished Chapter Streamer from the Ohio Society in seven of the eight years the Chapter was eligible.

Congratulations to this growing and active chapter on its tenth year of local involvement.

 

 

 

Tim Ward Selected as Ohio Nominee for SAR Central District Vice President General

At the Ohio Society Sons of the American Revolution Annual Meeting held on May 6th, 2017, Timothy E. Ward of the Northeastern Ohio Chapter was selected as the nominee from Ohio for Central District Vice President General 2018 – 2019.

The Central District of the Sons of the American Revolution is comprised of the state SAR societies in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and West Virginia.  The Vice President General assists the President General in the affairs of the National Society, and is established as a General Officer of the SAR.

On a rotating basis, they are nominated by the state societies within a district and elected by a majority vote of delegates at the Annual Congress of the National Society, where they are installed into office. Upon election, the member serves for a period of one year.

The incumbent Vice President General is Thomas L. Payne of the Kentucky Society, serving from 2016 – 2017.  The Vice President General for 2017 – 2018 will be Robert B. Fish, Jr. of the West Virginia Society.

Ward has been a member of the Sons of the American Revolution since 2002.  He is past Ohio Society State President, and presently serves as state Genealogist, Alternate National Trustee, and National Society Inspector General.  He is an Ohio Society Samuel Hubbard Scott Laureate, and a National Society Minuteman, both being the highest awards a member can receive at the state and national levels.

Life Saving Commendation Medal Approved by SAR

The National Society Sons of the American Revolution Public Service and Heroism Committee recently announced the approval of the Life Saving Commendation Medal.  This award recognizes acts that save a human life without necessarily placing the life of the rescuer in imminent danger. It is intended primarily for acts by civilians not in uniform but does not exclude police, firefighters, and SAR members.

Each year, the Sons of the American Revolution state societies and chapters recognize and honor citizens and individuals in the public service sectors of Law Enforcement, Fire Service, and Emergency Medical Services for their contributions to the community; and for heroic and life-saving acts. Recipients nationwide are recognized in a booklet published and distributed at the National SAR Congress each July.

Other medals approved by the society are the Law Enforcement Commendation Medal, Fire Safety Commendation Medal, Emergency Medical Service Commendation Medal, and the Heroism Medal. The Life Safety Award is presently available for preorder at the NSSAR Store, with shipment as soon as they arrive.

National Officers Attend Ohio Society SAR State Conference

NSSAR Central District Vice President General Thomas L. Payne

Two National Society Sons of the American Revolution officers were honored guests at the 128th Annual State Conference of the Ohio Society Sons of the American Revolution in Blue Ash, Ohio.  The three-day event, hosted by Ohio Society State President Col. (Ret) Donald C. McGraw, was held May 5-7, 2017.

Central District Vice President General Thomas L. Payne delivered greetings from National Society President General J. Michael Tomme, at the Saturday evening Awards Banquet, and administered the oath of office to Ohio Society’s newly elected officers on Sunday morning at the conclusion of the event.  Payne, and his wife Caroline, travelled from Owensboro, Kentucky to attend.  The Central District includes the state societies of Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio, and Indiana.

LtoR: Wm. A. Robinson; James O. Fast; Timothy E. Ward; John H. Bredenfoerder; Troy Baily; Turner L. Wilkerson; L. Stephen Hinson; Shawn Cox; Donald C. McGraw; Thomas L. Payne

National Society Secretary General Larry T. Guzy, with his wife Karin, made the long journey from Marietta, Georgia to deliver the keynote address at the Saturday evening banquet.  Guzy is candidate for the National Society President General’s office 2017-2018.  As Secretary General, he maintains the official records of the activities of the Executive Committee, Trustees, and national SAR Congresses; coordinates with the SAR Headquarters’ staff on compiling the officer and committee reports for distribution at meetings; and oversees the notices for scheduled meetings along with meeting registrations.

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Ohio SAR Gives Special Recognition for Service to the C.A.R.

LtoR: Ohio SAR President Col. (Ret) Donald C. McGraw; Compatriot William A. “Tony” Robinson; Compatriot William F. Perkins, Jr.

At the Ohio Society SAR 128th Annual State Conference, state president, Col. (Ret.) Donald C. McGraw presented the National Society SAR – C.A.R. Silver Medal of Appreciation to Compatriots William A. “Tony” Robinson of the Camp Charlotte Chapter, and William F. Perkins, Jr. of the Richard Montgomery Chapter.

The medal was presented in recognition of, and in appreciation for, outstanding services rendered to the Ohio Society Children of the American Revolution.  Both have served in senior leadership positions, and have dedicated many hours of service in mentoring C.A.R. members and assisting in the activities of the organization.  Compatriot Robinson is the current Senior 1st Vice President of the OSCAR.

The Children of the American Revolution is now the nation’s oldest and largest, patriotic youth organization. C.A.R. offers membership to anyone under the age of 22 who is lineally descended from someone who served in the Continental Army or gave material aid to the cause of freedom in the American Revolution.

Ohio SAR Ladies Auxiliary Members Recognized for Patriotic Service

Three members of the Ohio Society SAR Ladies Auxiliary received high honors at the Society’s 128th Annual State Conference in Blue Ash, Ohio.  On May 6th, State President Col. (Ret) Donald C. McGraw recognized the ladies for their patriotic services.

LtoR: Mrs. Valerie L. Wilke; Ohio SAR President Col. (Ret) Donald C. McGraw

Valerie L. Wilke was presented with the National Society SAR Silver Good Citizenship Medal which is in recognition of outstanding and unusual patriotic achievement. The medal is presented to persons of prominence in the areas of government, military service, religion, education, business and other professions, and other fields of endeavor.   Mrs. Wilke is the wife of SAR Compatriot Paul M. Wilke of the Cincinnati Chapter, and resides in North Bend, Ohio.

LtoR: Mrs. Connie Beebe; Ohio SAR President Col. (Ret) Donald C. McGraw; Mrs. Venie Hinson

Connie Beebe and Venie Hinson received the National Society SAR Martha Washington Medal in recognition of outstanding service to the Ohio Society.  Mrs. Beebe is the wife of Compatriot Lance Beebe of the Firelands Bicentennial Chapter and resides in Huron, Ohio; and Mrs. Hinson is the wife of Compatriot L. Stephen Hinson of the Northeastern Ohio Chapter and resides in Andover, Ohio.

Congratulations to these deserving ladies!

Ohio Society SAR Recognizes Members For Exceptional Service

On May 6th, 2017 at the Awards Banquet at the Ohio Society Sons of the American Revolution 128th Annual State Conference in Blue Ash, Ohio, five Ohio Society SAR members were recognized by State President Col. (Ret) Donald C. McGraw for exceptional service to the organization.

LtoR: Compatriot Steven E. Frash; Compatriot Turner Lee Wilkerson III; Ohio SAR President Col. (Ret) Donald C. McGraw

Compatriots Steven E. Frash and Turner Lee Wilkerson III were awarded the National Society State Patriot Medal, which is the highest National Society award presented to a Compatriot by a State Society, and recognizes long, faithful, outstanding, and distinguished service.  Compatriot Frash has been a member of the SAR since 2012.  He is the current Marietta Chapter President, and has served as Ohio Society 2nd Vice President, and Ohio Society Secretary.  He presently serves the state as the Southeast District Chairman.  Compatriot Wilkerson, has been a member of the SAR since 2013.  He is the current First Vice-President of the Cincinnati Chapter, and holds the position of Ohio Society Secretary.

LtoR: Compatriot L. Stephen Hinson; Ohio SAR President Col. (Ret) Donald C. McGraw

Compatriot L. Stephen Hinson was awarded the National Society State Medal of Distinguished Service in recognition of conspicuous service to the Ohio Society.  Compatriot Hinson has been a member of the SAR since 2012.  He is the current Northeastern Ohio Chapter President, and has served as the Ohio Society Treasurer.  He presently holds the position of Second Vice-President of the Ohio Society.

LtoR: Compatriot Terry A. Whetstone; Ohio SAR President Col. (Ret) Donald C. McGraw; Compatriot John H. Bredenfoerder

Compatriots John H. Bredenfoerder and Terry A. Whetstone were awarded the National Society State Meritorious Service Medal for rendering long, faithful and meritorious service to the Ohio Society.  Compatriot Bredenfoerder has been a member of the SAR since 2012.  He is the current Cincinnati Chapter President and holds the office of Treasurer of the Ohio Society.  Compatriot Whetstone has been a member of the SAR since 1988.  He is the current George Rogers Clark Chapter Secretary and Chaplain, and has served the Ohio Society in numerous offices and committees, including State President in 2002.  He is an Ohio Society Samuel Hubbard Scott Laureate, receiving the prestigious award in 2005.  He is a retired Major from the U.S. Air Force.

Ohio Society SAR JROTC Recognition Award Announced

 

LtoR: C/1st LT Hailey Cydrus; Major USAF (Ret) Terry A. Whetstone

On May 6th, 2017, the Ohio Society Sons of the American Revolution recognized Cadet 1st Lieutenant Hailey Cydrus of the U.S. Marine Corps JROTC as the recipient of its Silver Outstanding JROTC Cadet award and medallion for 2017.  The award was presented to Cadet Hailey at the Ohio Society’s 128th Annual State Conference held in Blue Ash, Ohio.

Cadet Cydrus was the recipient of the George Rogers Clark Chapter SAR Bronze Outstanding JROTC Cadet earlier this year, qualifying her entry in the state competition.  She is a member of the USMC JROTC Unit at Springfield High School in Springfield, Ohio.  USMC Captain (Ret) Jason M. Schrage, Senior Instructor at the school, was present when the award was presented by Ohio SAR ROTC/JROTC Service Academies Committee Chairman, Major USAF (Ret) Terry A. Whetstone.

LtoR: Capt. USMC (Ret) Jason M. Schrage; C/1st LT Hailey Cydrus; Major USAF (Ret) Terry A. Whetstone

The ROTC/JROTC program was created to recognize ROTC/JROTC cadets who express patriotism, leadership, military bearing, scholarship and general excellence in a well crafted original essay. For the State contest each cadet must submit the essay on the topic “How JROTC has prepared me to be a better citizen of the United States”. The essay is also used in the National contest.

For information on this contest, visit the Ohio Society Sons of the American Revolution website at http://ohssar.org/programs/.  If you are interested making a donation to help fund the Ohio Society’s Youth Programs, please visit https://www.gofundme.com/ohssaryouthfund.

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