In celebration of Veterans’ Day, Rev. Dr. R. Edgar Bonniwell, the Cincinnati SAR Youth Programs Chairman and four Cincinnati compatriots made three Revolutionary War history presentations at two area schools.
On Friday, November 9th, Compatriots Bredenfoerder, Gunn and Bowers joined Dr. Bonniwell at the Miami Valley Christian Academy where they presented the program to a group of 1st graders and then again to a group of 5th graders. The presentations were very interactive and the students were even able to participate in a very abbreviated reenactment of the Battle of Yorktown.
On Wednesday, November 14th, Dr. Bonniwell was joined by Compatriots Bredenfoerder, Gunn, Bowers and Schmitz for a similar presentation to 5th grade students at the Sacred Heart Catholic School in Fairfield Ohio. Cincinnati SAR President Jack Bredenfoerder gave an overview of the issues that caused the Revolution. Compatriot Bob Bowers gave a presentation about the early battles of Long Island and Brooklyn. Compatriot Dan Schmitz concentrated on the Battles of Trenton and Princeton. Compatriot Dr. Michael Gunn gave an interactive presentation about the life and conditions of the every day Revolutionary War soldier. The students particularly enjoyed holding a cannon ball. Dr. Bonniwell capped off the program with a rousing account of General Washington’s victory battle over Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown.
The Cincinnati SAR speakers are available for similar educational presentations to area schools and civic organizations. Visit cincinnatisar.org for contact information and details.