This past weekend (May 7 thru 9) delivered a flurry of activities for members of the Ohio Society and Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution; starting at the Netherland Plaza Hotel on May 8, 2021 at 9 AM with two Business Meetings including a proposal for a new Officers Slate.
Then at Noon a Youth Awards Luncheon, Emceed by OHSSAR President Turner Lee Wilkerson, we recognized several young people from Ohio, including: #1) Jimmy Fraley from Cincinnati who was awarded a medal and scholarship in the Knight Essay contest; #2) Carissa Gallier from Cincinnati who places first in the Poster Contest; #3) Jackson S. Torrence from Cincinnati who placed first in the Brochure Contest and #4) Jackson Sturtevant from the Western Reserve Chapter who placed first in the prestigious Oration Contest.
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The American History Teacher Contest winners were: Middle School, Ms. Julie Flack (2020) & Ms. Robin Hance (2019); High School Ms. Amy Elsass. Julie Flack who teaches at Pleasant Run Middle School in Cincinnati, Ohio and is sponsored by the Cincinnati Chapter with George Stewart of the chapter as her point of contact went on to place 2nd at the National Contest.
Later in the evening on Saturday, the State Society Awards Banquet was held in the Elegant Continental Room where the Keynote address was presented by Colonel Thomas Nelson Moe (Ret’d), who held the attention of the House with a moving delivery of his experiences. Many awards were presented and deserved by several members of the Ohio Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.
Sunday at 9 AM in the Rookwood Room was a Remembrance Service where Chaplain Dr. R. Edgar Bonniwell and Rev Matthew W. Hardman led a moving service. Many of our members who passed on were named and remembered.
Finally, at Lytle Park very near the site of Fort Washington built in Losantiville before it was renamed Cincinnati, more than 20 members of the combined Ohio & Cincinnati Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guards assembled to assist the City of Cincinnati in a dedication of a rejuvenated Flag Collection of the Colors which have flown over the United States of America since its founding in the late 18th Century.
President Turner Lee Wilkerson presided over the ceremony which was blessed with perfect weather between days of rain. Thanks to Brad Jarard of the Cincinnati Chapter for organizing another wonderful event. President Lee Wilkerson also arranged to surprise Bob Hill, OHSSAR Color Guard Commander and Brad Jarard, Cincinnati’s CG Commander with beautiful neck gorgets (Revolutionary War era items of Officer destinction) at the end of the ceremony. All in all a fitting way to punctuate a memorable Patriotic weekend.