June 23rd, 2017 Naturalization Ceremony

CCSAR President Jack Bredenfoerder, CCSAR Immediate Past President Mike Gunn and Compatriot Jerry Knight welcomed 70 new US Citizens from 32 countries at the naturalization ceremonies held at the Federal District Courthouse on Friday, June 23rd. The Honorable Karen L. Litkovitz presided over the ceremonies.

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June 9th, 2017 Naturalization Ceremony

CCSAR President Jack Bredenfoerder, CCSAR Immediate Past President Mike Gunn, and Compatriots Jerry Knight and Ken Carpenter welcomed 70 new citizens at the June 9th naturalization ceremony held at the Southern Ohio U.S. District Courthouse. The Honorable Susan J. Dlott presided. Judge Dlott shared the story of her four grandparents as all being Russian immigrants with the new citizens. After the ceremony, President Bredenfoerder presented Judge Dlott with an Ohio Society Fort Laurens Challenge Coin for her patriotic service to the community.

 

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June 16th, 2017 Naturalization Ceremony

CCSAR Immediate Past President Mike Gunn and Compatriot Jerry Knight welcomed 70 new US Citizens from 31 countries at the naturalization ceremonies held at the Federal District Courthouse on Friday, June 16th at 2:30pm. The Honorable Karen L. Litkovitz presided over the ceremonies.

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Cincinnati SAR Celebrates Flag Day

The Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution celebrated Flag Day at their annual Flag Day luncheon held at the Blue Ash Crowne Plaza on Sunday, June 11th. Ohio Society President Col. (Ret.) Don McGraw Jr. and Miss Anna Wilke presented the Howard Miller Memorial Flag Collection to the assembly.

The Captain Howard Miller Memorial Flag Collection was assembled by vexillologist Captain Howard Miller. He and his wife travelled thousands of miles giving talks to many organizations throughout the U.S. When age became a handicap, he presented the collection of 65 flags to the Cincinnati Chapter with the stipulation that the collection must be displayed at least once a year. In 1986, an agreement was signed wherein the Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution was loaned this historic display. The Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution gratefully acknowledges this patriotic and personal donation which represents a lifetime of work and untiring research by Captain Miller. The continuing presentations of the collection permits the history of our American past to be shared and remembered from generation to generation.

Flags serve many purposes. They symbolize a people and represent national pride. Flags convey a shared history. Over the centuries, military units have carried flags and colors. Colors and flags affirm group identity . They build pride and morale, and represent the group’s honor. In battle, flags served as a rallying point when a formation was broken. Troops gathered around the flag to regroup, attack or retreat. Flags marked specific individuals, locations and functions such as hospitals and ambulances. Infantry regiments regularly held trooping ceremonies. Colors were paraded up and down the line of assembled soldiers to music to make sure the men remembered the colors. A guard of noncommissioned officers usually protected flags and colors. Held in great reverence, a regiment’s honor was embodied in its colors. The entire regiment was humiliated if its colors were lost in battle.

In addition to the Miller Flag presentation, OHSSAR President Don McGraw inducted eight new compatriots into the Cincinnati Chapter: Matthew Burgess, Jay Doty, Trevor Hamilton, Christopher Hamlin, Gary Oelrich, Gregory Oelrich, Leonard Slovensky and Vance Towler.

Three supplementals were awarded by CCSAR President Jack Bredenfoerder: one to Compatriot Ken Carpenter and two to Compatriot Erv Chaney. OHSSAR President Don McGraw also awarded the Military Service Medal to Compatriot Brad Jarard and a Fort Laurens Regiment Commission of Captain to Compatriot Ian Cunningham.

CCSAR President Bredenfoerder presented President McGraw and Miss Wilke with framed canvas art prints of the Miller Collection and Miller Collection coffee mugs in gratitude for their outstanding presentation. The afternoon was indeed a very colorful, educational and patriotic celebration!

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Our Flag Day Celebration

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Flag Day was inaugurated by The National Society, Sons of the American Revolution in 1900. Two years later, the Cincinnati Chapter presented to the mayor of Cincinnati, Julius Fleischmann, a copy of a Flag Day booklet. The first national program of the Sons of the American Revolution was the observance and general display of the “Stars and Stripes” on Flag Day June 14th of each year. In 1891 throughout, several cities, thousands of American Flags were flown on June 14th as a result of this SAR Program. In 1895 , an SAR resolution was adopted promoting the flying of the American Flag on all public buildings on patriotic holidays. Shortly thereafter, the President of the United States ordered that the American flag be flown continually from the White House. Previously, it had been flown only on special occasions. On June 4th, 1989 the National Society Sons of the American Revolution Congress adopted a resolution in favor of a constitutional amendment to protect the flag from desecration. The Cincinnati Chapter celebrates Flag Day annually with a special luncheon and a display of historical flags collected by the late Howard Miller, a vexillologist who donated the collection to the Cincinnati Chapter.

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2017 Memorial Day Wesleyan Cemetery Re-dedication

On Memorial Day this year the Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (CCSAR) returned to Wesleyan Cemetery to Re-dedicate the granite Memorial that honors the 18 Revolutionary Patriots buried on these hallowed grounds.

Richard Allison, Jonathon Burge, James Berry, Dennis Clark, Andrew Cox, Seth Cutter, Solomon Howard, William Dezell, Thomas Keeler,  Randall Douglas, Oliver Kelly, William Harris, Abraham Roll, Samuel Pierce, John Roll, Jr., Henry Rogers and William Skivington.


A special thank you to Compatriot Michael Blum’s daughters for taking photos at the event.

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2017 Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous

On May 27, 2017 four members of the Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (CCSAR) traveled to the city of Vincennes, Indiana to attend a National Ceremony at the George Rogers Clark National Historic Park, this annual ceremony called the “Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous,” honors actions at the site of the capture of Ft. Sackville and the exploits of Rogers’ unit. John H. Bredenfoerder, President of CCSAR, past President Michael Gunn and Turner Lee Wilkerson presented wreaths at the George Rogers Clark Memorial; for the Ohio Society SAR, the Germany Society SAR and Cincinnati Chapter SAR were presented. Bradley Jarard, a CCSAR member, was also present and also in the Color Guard at the service.

Presentation of the Germany Society Wreath, accompanied by the presentation of the Germany Society Flag a copy of the Regimental Flag used under command of Lieutenant General Rochambeau, commander of the mostly German troops who fought with the colonists in the Revolutionary Wa; was the very first International recognition at the Memorial in all its history. This was possible due to two members of CCSAR having dual membership in the Germany Society. John Bredenfoerder and Michael Gunn both have German ancestry and are members.

After the ceremony, the surrounding fields called the French Commons host several re-enacted battles and demonstrations of weapons performed by soldiers of the Northwest Territory Alliance, music by the Tippencanoe Ancient Fife & Drum Corps and even demonstrations of Revolutionary era artillery cannon fire covering more than two days of Memorial Day experiences.

Here are Facebook links to the event and the national park Pages:
https://www.facebook.com/spiritofvincennesrendezvous/
https://www.facebook.com/GeorgeRogersClarkNationalHistoricalPark/

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