The Cincinnati SAR Independence Day celebrations began with assisting Celebrate America! at the Kings Mills Baptist Church on Saturday June 30th. The Howard Miller Memorial Flag Collection was displayed. The Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guard presented the Colors and fired a firelock salute. We also had a display table of Revolutionary War memorabilia and Compatriot Ed Bonniwell gave his Yorktown presentation.
The Cincinnati SAR compatriots then conducted a rededication of the Spring Grove Revolutionary War Memorial on Sunday, June 1st. The Nolan Carson Color Guard presented and retired the Colors. A firelock salute was given and wreaths were presented on behalf of: the Ohio Society SAR by Ohio Society 2nd Vice-President Turner Lee Wilkerson; the Germany Society SAR by Compatriot Mike Gunn; the Cincinnati Chapter SAR by Cincinnati President Jack Bredenforeder; and the Highlander’s Chapter SAR by Highlander’s President Ken Carpenter. Ohio Society Graves and Historical Sites Chairman Mike Gunn served as Master of Ceremonies.
The Cincinnati Chapter’s Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guard marched in both the Madeira Independence Day Parade on July 3rd and the Montgomery Independence Day Parade on July 4th. Camp follower Emma Hartman joined the compatriots for both parades and distributed poppy bookmarks to the large exuberant crowds assembled along the parade routes. The Spirit of Patriotism is alive and well in America!