At 9AM, 7 September, seven members of the Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guard presented the National Colors to a combined assembly of Garfield Middle School history students commencing their Second Annual Patriot Fair.
The American Spirit Education Alliance joined the Cincinnati Chapter SAR in the day’s celebration, demonstrations and narratives of our national heritage.
Throughout the day, students rotated through one of five stations positioned in the school’s gymnasium. At each of the stations, students were introduced to a significant personality, event or symbol of American History. President James Madison and his lovely wife Dolly were portrayed in the first person reflecting on the period of Madison presidency during the War of 1812. At another station students had the opportunity to chat with a revolutionary war soldier that served with General Washington during the Siege of Yorktowne in 1781. Students were introduced the story of our flag as a part of the Captain Howard Miller Flag Collection and quizzed on aspects of the various flags and banners that have flown over America during times of trial and peace. President Theodore Roosevelt introduced the students at the fourth station to the early 20th Century. Finally, at the last station students had the opportunity to handle various artifacts and replicas of early colonial life in America.
The Objects of this SAR are declared to be patriotic, historical, and educational; to unite and promote fellowship among the descendants of those who sacrificed to achieve the independence of the American people, to inspire them and the community-at-large with a more profound reverence for the principles of the government founded by our forefathers; to foster true patriotism; to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom. There is no greater opportunity to achieve these objects than by our investment in the young people – the students of our great nation and society.