On May 27, 2017 four members of the Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (CCSAR) traveled to the city of Vincennes, Indiana to attend a National Ceremony at the George Rogers Clark National Historic Park, this annual ceremony called the “Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous,” honors actions at the site of the capture of Ft. Sackville and the exploits of Rogers’ unit. John H. Bredenfoerder, President of CCSAR, past President Michael Gunn and Turner Lee Wilkerson presented wreaths at the George Rogers Clark Memorial; for the Ohio Society SAR, the Germany Society SAR and Cincinnati Chapter SAR were presented. Bradley Jarard, a CCSAR member, was also present and also in the Color Guard at the service.
Presentation of the Germany Society Wreath, accompanied by the presentation of the Germany Society Flag a copy of the Regimental Flag used under command of Lieutenant General Rochambeau, commander of the mostly German troops who fought with the colonists in the Revolutionary Wa; was the very first International recognition at the Memorial in all its history. This was possible due to two members of CCSAR having dual membership in the Germany Society. John Bredenfoerder and Michael Gunn both have German ancestry and are members.
After the ceremony, the surrounding fields called the French Commons host several re-enacted battles and demonstrations of weapons performed by soldiers of the Northwest Territory Alliance, music by the Tippencanoe Ancient Fife & Drum Corps and even demonstrations of Revolutionary era artillery cannon fire covering more than two days of Memorial Day experiences.
Here are Facebook links to the event and the national park Pages: