Cincinnati SAR, DAR & CAR Attended a Naturalization at Deer Park High School

Michael B. Gunn, Ph.D.
Past President, Patriot Graves Chair CCSAR

The Honorable U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Beth A. Buchanan Presided over a Naturalization Ceremony at 10:00AM on Friday, March 8, 2019 hosted by the Deer Park High School at 8351 Plainfield Road in Deer Park, Ohio. The new citizens took the Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America in a ceremony that included an introduction by the Principal of Deer Park H.S., Dr. Stace Orso, presentation of the Colors by students Morgan Bayer & Abbi Ryan, singing of the National Anthem led by their Show Choir and a Key Note Presentation by Raj. Rajagopal

Mr. Rajagopal described how he became a US citizen after being born in abstract poverty in India, through hard work and devotion to having a better life, here in the only country in the world that enables those who exert the energy to prosper in such a manner. Both of Ohio’s State Senators had their representatives give proclamations to the new citizens.

Each of the 70 new citizens were asked to introduce themselves, what country they originated from (there were 26 different countries named). They then all stood, raised their right hands into the air and pronounced the Oath of Allegiance, followed by the proclamation of citizenship by Judge Buchanan. All present then stood and gave the Pledge of Allegiance to the 50 Star Flag of the United States of America. Each new citizen then was presented their Naturalization Certificate by her honor who posed for pictures.

Also standing by were representatives of the DAR, CAR and Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution who welcomed the New Citizens to the USA and congratulated them for their diligence to enter our country in the proper manner. Gerry Knight, Jack Berdenfoerder, Gordon Stokely, Bob Bowers and Mike Gunn represented the Cincinnati SAR at this most auspicious event.

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Cincinnati Chapter SAR Compatriots Attend Spring Leadership Conference

Michael B. Gunn, Ph.D.
Past President, Patriot Graves Chair CCSAR

Here are some images of the NSSAR Color Guard from the Spring Leadership Conference attended by Don McGraw, Jim Schaffer, Jack Bredenfoerder and Michael Gunn on March 1 & 2, 2019 in Louisville, KY at the Brown Hotel.


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The Cincinnati Chapter SAR takes a stand on racial and religious tolerance in 1900

By Compatriot George Stewart, Chapter Historian

With the increased efforts toward racial and religious tolerance today, it makes interesting the fact that at the Chapter’s Annual Banquet on March 10, 1900 the two speakers were Rabbi Louis Grossman and Rabbi David Philipson. Both men were very highly respected religious leaders in the City of Cincinnati. Rabbi Grossman was a founder of the Teachers Institute of the Hebrew Union College and served as the Institute’s principal for 1909 to 1918. He was founder and honorary President of the Western Association of Jewish Ministers. Rabbi Philipson was the son of German-Jewish immigrants and he was a member of the first graduation class of the Hebrew Union College. He was one of the leaders of American Reform Judaism. Both were prolific as lecturers and writers. Rabbi Grossman made an earnest plea for more exalted patriotism and Rabbi Philipson spoke on the subject, “The part the Jew took in the American Revolution.” Rabbi Philipson was a staunch advocate of Americanism throughout his life. Rabbi Grossman noted in his lecture that Cincinnati was the first city founded in the United States following the American Revolution, and at the time, it was the biggest city, with the largest Jewish population, west of the Allegheny Mountains.


“The cause of America and Liberty is the cause of every virtuous American citizen, whatever may be his religion or descent.” George Washington

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Cincinnati SAR attends February 22nd, 2019 Naturalization Ceremony

The Cincinnati SAR attended a naturalization ceremony held at St. James Elementary School, 3565 Hubble Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio at 11:00 AM on February 22, 2019. The three members of the Cincinnati SAR Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guard who welcomed seventy new citizens were: Compatriots Jerry Knight, Michael Gunn and Jack Bredenfoerder. This session of the Southern Ohio District Court was officiated by Magistrate Judge Karen L. Litkovitz. Also present were members of Cincinnati DAR, The league of Women Voters, The American Red Cross, a representative from the office of Senator Rob Portman and many family and well wishers supporting the new citizens. The Girl Scout Troop from the St. James School posted and retired the Colors. Welcome!

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George Washington’s Birthday Party

By Bob Bowers
Cincinnati Chapter Compatriot

The Cincinnati Chapter SAR and the Clough Valley Chapter NSDAR held a joint luncheon to celebrate Washington’s Birthday at the historic School House Restaurant and General Store, in Camp Dennison. In attendance were members of both chapters as well as guests from the John Reily, Turtle Creek, Oxford and Lima chapters of the NSDAR. Members of the American Legion and Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and the Sister Anthony O’Connell Auxiliary, as well as Ohio Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War were also present.


This event was attended by approximately 80 patriots. The venue was filled to over flowing with every seat in the drawing room filled and people seated in the balcony and on the stairs for the proceedings!

The Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guard opened the ceremony with the posting of the Colors. Cincinnati SAR First Vice President Kerry Langdon led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance.


Chaplain Rev. Ed Bonniwell offered the invocation. Vice President Langdon introduced dignitaries and guests and Secretary

Clay Crandall led the MIA-POW Remembrance ceremony.

Vice President Langdon recognized Past Chapter Presidents Jack Bredenfoerder, Mike Gunn, Past Chapter and Ohio President Jim Schaeffer, and President of the Highland Chapter Gary Duffield. He also thanked Gary for all his work on the Washington’s Birthday event and for stepping up to fill the shoes of Ken Carpenter in his work with the Highland Chapter following his passing.

Vice President Langdon and former Chapter President Mike Gunn inducted Ray Nagel and Robert Sturm as new Cincinnati SAR compatriots. Congratulations and welcome to compatriots Ray and Bob!


Chuck Rogers was presented with the Roger Sherman certificate and medal which was carried over from the from the annual awards banquet in December.

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Certificates of Appreciation were presented to Mike Gunn, Dan Schmitz, Bob Bowers, Clay Crandall, Rev. Bonniwell, Mike Blum, and Wanda Langdon.

There were two event speakers. Clough Valley DAR Regent Wanda Langdon highlighted three women that served in the American Revolutionary War.

Compatriot Bob Bowers offered insights into the Battle of Brooklyn.


Cake and ice cream were served to celebrate the birthday of our first President and Commander in Chief, George Washington as members and guests mingled and got to know each other better.

For a variety of reasons the proceedings were running a bit late. Colors were retired in-place and the meeting was adjourned without further ado.

Thanks Gary for taking our photographs!






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Colerain Elementary gets Cincinnati SAR Revolutionary War Class

On February 16th members of the Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (CCSAR) spent the day at Colerain Elementary School. We talked about the Revolutionary War and what caused it to happen, where some important battles occurred and some of the strategy used; demonstrated the type of dress used at that time, what kind of weapons were used by both sides and why the colonists prevailed against the British who had the most formidable army in the world at that time 250 years ago.

The students were shown how the militia dressed differently than the Continental army and were taught to march and follow orders like the full time soldiers. They were shown the difference in weapons used in the war and how foot soldiers (infantry) were different than the Dragoon (Horse soldiers).

The CCSAR Compatriots and their family members who participated were: Bob Bowers, Jack Bredenfoerder, Chaplain Ed Boniwell, Josh Hartman, Gregg Ballman, Jeff Hartman and Emma Hartman all in Revolutionary War attire.

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The Crossing of the Dan

20190216-Crossing-of-the-DanThe Crossing of the Dan, a nearly forgotten episode of the American Revolution that occurred at South Boston, Virginia, in 1781, received recognition in September 2013 by the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution as a major historic event. This action has catapulted what was previously a local commemoration to a national event.

The Dan River Chapter, Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution, Berryman Green Chapter, Virginia Daughters of the American Revolution, Halifax County Historical Society, and the Town of South Boston hosted the 238th Anniversary Commemoration of the Crossing of the Dan in historic downtown South Boston, Virginia. The commemorative events were held on February 16, 2019 at 10 AM.

Centered around The Prizery, where the Crossing of the Dan Exhibit is open to the public. Saturday’s program on February 16th featured a speaker, Dr. Carole W. Troxler, speaking on ” The Loyalists in the Back County ” and a wreath presentation ceremony, An encampment on the Dan River, and a re-enactment of The Crossing, were canceled due to weather not permitting. However, a Brunswick Stew lunch was available, as “dutch treat” by the local fire department.

The Emcee was Dr. Henry “Phil” Williams, Past President of the Virginia Society who was introduced by past president of the Dan River Chapter, Virginia Society. Colors were posted by NSSAR Color Guard Commander Mark Anthony and 30 members of the National SAR Color Guard.

At the evening before the Dan River Chapter, Virginia Society hosted a “Meet and Greet” where we were welcomed to South Boston, VA for the annual Crossing of the Dan Ceremony.

Michael B. Gunn, Ph.D., past Cincinnati SAR President

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