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