By Compatriot George Stewart
While looking for some past Veterans Day events in our Chapter history, I discovered that our Veterans Day luncheon actually started as a Thanksgiving Day dinner. Our Thanksgiving Day dinner started in 1975. These events must have been very entertaining. There were many interesting speakers at these dinners over the years. In 1977 Major General Baron von Steuben was a guest speaker. He appeared in dress uniform carrying the flag of the Society of Cincinnati. In 1983 Captain John Paul Jones, a native of Scotland, and also an American naval commander during the American Revolutionary War, talked about his heroic activities. In 1987 General “Mad” Anthony Wayne was our special guest. He wore the formal uniform that he had worn at the Battle of Stoney Point on the West Bank of the Hudson near West Point, New York.
These famous men were portrayed by Compatriot William A. Moore. Captain
Moore was a Corporate Executive of the research department for Armco Steel in Middletown, Ohio. A graduate of Miami University (B.S.) and the University of Cincinnati (M.A.), Mr. Moore was a writer and lecturer on military, historical, and scientific subjects. He also portrayed General George Washington at other Chapter events over the years. Because of his great love for the United States, especially Hamilton and Butler Counties, Mr. Moore participated enthusiastically in parades where he portrayed several great men of American history. Wearing authentic uniforms, he also talked about these characters at schools in the surrounding areas. Compatriot Moore passed away on January 2, 2005.