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.