Representatives of Cincinnati area SAR, DAR, C.A.R., and the American Spirit Education Alliance presented a series of American History presentations to several area home school families at the Grace Bible Presbyterian Church in Sharonville on Saturday, April 28th. The program started with the posting of the Colors by the Cincinnati SAR Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guard commanded by Turner Lee Wilkerson III. The assembly pledged allegiance to the US Flag and then sang the US National Anthem.
Cincinnati SAR compatriot Dr. Ed Bonniwell began the presentations with a stirring account of the Battle of Yorktown. Cincinnati SAR President Jack Bredenfoerder then spoke briefly about the Ohio Burgee and Ohio’s only Revolutionary War Fort – Fort Laurens. He then awarded several Ohio SAR Challenge Coins featuring an image of the fort to several of the attendees. Next, Fort Washington C.A.R. President Meredith Haynes and Kyla Owens of the Mariemont DAR demonstrated the US Flag Folding Ceremony. After the moving demonstration, Cincinnati SAR Chaplain Ken Carpenter offered a prayer to the assembly. The Howard Miller Historical Flag Collection was then presented by Ohio Society SAR President Donald C. McGraw, Jr. Sixty different flags that represented different aspects and periods of American history were reviewed. Finally, American Spirit Education Alliance re-enactors Denise Waterman and Rich Pieper presented an emotional look into the personal lives of our fourth President and First Lady, James and Dolley Madison.
After the presentations, the attendees visited the many historical displays offered by the American Spirit Education Alliance and the Cincinnati SAR. Photos were taken with the many historically clad presenters and re-enactors. Overall, the day was a very patriotic and inspiring immersion into our nation’s great heritage and history!