For the last four years we have taken a team of presenters into the schools in the Greater Cincinnati area, hosting festivals on the American Revolution, promoting our Poster/Brochure contest. Covid19 closed every door this year for having that type of experience; nevertheless, there were students who took the initiative, contacting Dr. Ed Bonniwell, indicating their desire to participate. This was met with great affirmation; and happily, Carissa Gallier is our first-place winner regarding our Poster Contest. Our second-place winner is Sarah Gallier. Our first-place winner for the Cincinnati Chapter Brochure Contest is Jackson S. Torrans; second place is Olivia R. Schaurer; and third place is Lena Gallier. We also wish to make honorable mention of Linnea Doughman and Anna Gallier.

First Place Brochure Winner 2021

The pictures that we have of the winning Posters and Brochures hardly do them justice. The submissions of our winners at the Cincinnati Chapter level were all entirely excellent, and may very well win at the State level. While we are not having a Banquet again this year, it is our hope to honor these young people in the April-May Banquet 2022.

First Place Poster Winner 2021

The study of American History ennobles our vision for love of country and reminds all of those sovereign providences that allowed our nation to be duly constituted under the most challenging of circumstances.

We members of SAR salute the young people who participated in these contests, given the raging Covid pestilence. Our best wishes and heartfelt prayers are extended to them as they continue pursuing academic excellence. Letters of congratulation and financial rewards have been sent, and we do so proudly.

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A Presidential “ZOOM” Success

On February 13, 2021 the Cincinnati Chapter held its annual President’s Day Celebration. Like most events for the last year we were able to have a Zoom gathering.

We were fortunate to have over 35 participants join us in the celebration which included three local DAR Chapters and one CAR Chapter. Compatriots Bonniwell, Holland and Crandall gave testimonials, portraying their patriot ancestors on their interaction with General Washington during the war.

The Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guard appeared in uniform to honor General Washington. General Washington finally graced us with his entrance to the meeting. The General was informative, reflective and had a real sense of humor. He even found time in his busy day to have a question and answer session after his talk. All participants thought the event was well planned, entertaining and an hour well spent!

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Congratulations Julie Flack!

The Ohio Society Sons of the American Revolution recently named Julie Flack, Pleasant Run Middle School (PRMS) 8th grade Social Studies teacher, the 2021 State American History Middle School Teacher of the Year.

The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) is a historical, educational, and patriotic lineage society that strives to perpetuate the heroic triumph of the Patriots whose courage established the independence of the United States of America various programs and outreach efforts to state and local communities. 

Our PRMS family, as well as the Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, are enormously proud of and excited for Julie to receive this well-deserved award as Mrs. Flack is continually active in youth activities in the community and is currently the Senior President of the Fort Hamilton Chapter of the Children of the American Revolution. With this honor, Mrs. Flack is now the SAR state representative and will move on to the National Tom and Betty Lawrence American History Teacher Award competition, which will be determined in March.

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Official 2021 Raffle Rules and Regulations


  • One thousand dollars $1000.00 (Payable by check to the winner)


  • Only one (1) Individual may be identified as the purchaser of the raffle entry
  • All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply
  • All federal, state and local tax requirements are the responsibility of the winner
  • Your ticket will serve as your confirmation / receipt of purchase
  • You must clearly indicate your name, address and phone number on each entry submitted
  • The Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and its agents, board, vendors, volunteers and members assume no liability for lost, late, misdirected, mutilated, incomplete, illegible or undelivered entries


  • A maximum of 500 tickets will be sold
  • All tickets must be received to be eligible for the drawing
  • Drawing will be held at the Cincinnati Chapter Board of Management meeting on November 3rd    2021. The Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution reserves the right, at their sole discretion, to hold the drawing prior to November 3rd if all 500 raffle tickets are sold, or they determine that less than 500 have been received, but the maximum have been sold.
  • The winner is determined by random drawing
  • The winner need not be present to win

Return and Cancellation:

  • All purchases of raffle entries are final and non-refundable
  • Cancellation or changes of the raffle will be announced as soon as reasonably possible on the Chapter website at: CincinnatiSAR.org
  • Any entry that is illegible and unclaimed, the cost of that entry will be deemed as to have been donated to the Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.


Notification of Winners:

  • Winner will be notified by phone number listed on entry
  • Winner’s name will be posted on the Chapter website at: CincinnatiSAR.org
  • If the winner cannot be reached at the phone number or mailing address on the ticket stub and/or certified mail notification is returned undeliverable for any reason within 30 days of the drawing, disqualification will result and an alternate winner will be drawn
  • The winner agrees to permit his/her name and photographic likeness to appear on the Chapter website CincinnatiSAR.org following the claim of the prize

Waiver / Limitations of Liability:

  • Entry purchasers, by participating (and winner by accepting the prize), release the Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, and its respective board, committee members, volunteers, partners, vendors, agents, representatives and sponsors from any liability with respect to participation in the promotion and possession or use of the prize awarded and also acknowledge that they did not receive any representations, warranty or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to any prize, including but not limited to its quality, mechanical condition or fitness
  • Any liability of the Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution shall be limited to ticket price paid and in the case of any dispute, Chapter decision shall be final
  • The Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution reserves the right to modify or amend these rules without notice at any time. Please check the Chapter website periodically for any changes or updates to the rules and regulations: CincinnatiSAR.org
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On Sunday, 3 January 2021, the New Jersey Society SAR paused to remember the 244th Anniversary of the Battle of Princeton with Ohio Society Members joining the Ceremonies

The battle occurred during a crucial ten-day period that commenced with General Washington’s Crossing of the Delaware River and the Continental Army’s victorious attack on the Hessians in Trenton, NJ. This victory was quickly followed by the Battle of Assunpink Creek, the subsequent march northward to Princeton while flanking Lord Cornwallis’ forces, and ultimately defeating the British at Battle of Princeton.

This was a turning point for the Continental Forces, victory at last after the season of discouragement following the campaigns in New York during the prior year.

Members of Hocking Valley and Cincinnati Chapter at the Battle of Princeton Memorial during a 2018 Remembrance Ceremony

Compatriot Al Gummere of the Hocking Valley Chapter and Bob Bowers of the Cincinnati Chapter represented their respective chapters and the Ohio Society during the virtual event conducted by the New Jersey Society.

Al Gumerre of the Hocking Valley Chapter
Top row, far left — Compatriot Al Gummere of the Hocking Valley Chapter
Bottom row, 2nd from left — Compatriot Bob Bowers of the Cincinnati Chapter
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Cincinnati Chapter Kicks-off 2021

The Chapter will kick-off the 2021 Business year with its first Board of Management and General Membership Meeting on Wednesday, 6 January 2021.  All members are invited to attend.

This first meeting will be a Zoom Time Meeting, in compliance with the Pandemic Protocols and the safety and wellbeing of our Society.

Contact Gary Duffield, Cincinnati Chapter Secretary, for access to the meeting

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Wreaths Across America at Cincinnati’s Spring Grove Cemetery

Saturday, 19 December 2020 at Noon

Cincinnati SAR once again participated in WAA partnered with the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War at Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, OH. However, in order to comply with the governmental requirements and personal safety dictates there were only 75 wreaths to be placed, face masks worn and social distancing practices to avoid the Corona Virus.

Participants at this event at the Civil War Soldiers Section were:

Cub Scout Pack # 164

Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (CCSAR)

General William H Lytle Camp & Dept. of Ohio, SUVCW (Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War)

Sister Anthony O’Connell Auxiliary, Dept. of Ohio & National ASUVCW (Auxiliary to Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War) (Judy Brown, Barbara Lynch, Wanda Langdon)

Clough Valley Chapter NSDAR (Daughters of the American Revolution)

Team Rubicon

12:00 Noon Bugler Craig Flick, SUVCW played Assembly

Kerry Langdon SUVCW, Emcee who welcomed everyone and asked for Moment of Silence, then with a Call to Colors the Cincinnati Chapter’s Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guard Raised the Colors.

Bob Bowers led the Pledge of Allegiance with Reverend Don Vogel, SUVCW giving an Invocation

Wreaths were then placed for each of our Armed Forces: Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines and POW (or Missing in Action) Veterans. The remaining wreaths placed at separate tombstones with saying that veteran’s name aloud and take a moment to thank them for their service to our country.

Ed Boniwell CCSAR & OHSSAR Chaplain gave a Benediction

The Colors were retired in place then Color Guard fired a three round Musket Salute followed by the playing of Taps while the Guard stood at Mourn Arms.

Elsewhere in the Cemetery at the Revolutionary War Patriots Monument a wreath was placed and the names of the 59 Soldiers were announced by Michael Gunn, Former Cincinnati Chapter President

While the following Stood at Present Arms:

Mike Gunn – former Cincinnati Chapter President, Greg Ballman – Cincinnati Chapter President, Robert Bowers – Cincinnati Chapter Board Member & acting Color Guard Commander, Turner Lee Wilkerson – Ohio Society SAR President, Clay Crandall – Cincinnati Chapter 2nd Vice President, Rev. Ed Bonniwell – Ohio Society Chaplain, Jack Bredenfoerder – 2nd VP Ohio Society SAR

A Musket Salute to our First Patriots and Veterans of the American Revolution was fired as the 2020 Wreaths Across America Campaign was concluded at Cincinnati’s Spring Grove Cemetery.

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Battle of Great Bridge Virginia 9 December 1775

The Battle of Great Bridge was fought in the present-day City of Chesapeake, just south of Norfolk, Virginia and at the southern end of the Chesapeake Bay.

This was the first Virginia Battle of the Revolutionary War occurring just 6 months after the Battle of Bunker Hill and 8 months after the battles of Concord and Lexington.

On that day, the 2nd Regiment of the Virginia Militia stood up to the British Forces supporting the Crown’s Governor, Lord Dunmore.  The battle was short and decisive.  Great Britain lost many and retreated to Norfolk where further skirmishes occurred in the following weeks.  The Virginia Militia took only a few light casualties during the battle.

The Remembrance ceremony today was a joint effort by many from the State of Virginia, most notably, Virginia Societies of the NSDAR, NSSAR and NSCAR.

Many Chapters, Districts and State Societies joined in the Remembrance Ceremonies including three members of the Ohio Society placing wreaths in honor of our patriots serving on that historic day:

left to right – President Lee Wilkerson, Ohio Society; Compatriot Bob Bowers, Cincinnati Chapter; President Gary Duffield, Highlanders Chapter.

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Cincinnati Chapter SAR Remember’s Veteran’s Day Service at the Mohawk Honor Roll Memorial on November 11, 2020

The 75th Anniversary of the Honor Roll Memorial located in the Mohawk Community of the City of Cincinnati was celebrated with social distancing and by wearing protective masks by attendees and presenters alike.

The memorial was originally Dedicated on November 18, 1945 and rededicated in 2011 by replacing the bronze plaques which had been pilfered by thieves with Granite panels containing the names of the several hundred local citizens who responded to their call to serve in WWII. It is our duty now to remember their sacrifices and those others who stood to obtain and protect our freedoms over the 250 years since the founding of our Republic, these United States of America.

Assembled this day to bring the honor at this Memorial Service were:

Jackie Stevens, DMA of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, who sang pre-ceremony, National Anthem and Post Ceremony.

Emcee Michael Wolber, CWO4 USN Retired, son of Honoree

Invocation and Benediction by Rev Dr. Ed Boniwell, Ohio Society & Cincinnati Chapter SAR Chaplain

Post of Colors & Musket Salute by Cincinnati SAR Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guard—CMDR Brad Jarard, Ohio Society & Cincinnati Chapter President Lee Wilkerson, * V,P. Jack Bredenfoerder, OH Highlanders Chapter Pres Gary Duffield, Germany Society* Secy. Michael Gunn, Robert Bowers, Daniel Schmitz & Ed Boniwell.

Congressman, Army Colonel, Dr. Brad Wenstrup, Speaker and Gulf War Veteran

Pledge of Allegiance led by Family of John Wolber, Honoree

Wreath Ceremony by Nick Ruehlman & Honoree Jim Pragar’s Grandson

Taps by Beth Fischer, Bugles Across America

Colors Retired by Cincinnati SAR Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guard

Special Note: by a show of hands about 60 of the 80 attendees were family of at least one of the Honorees at this moving Veterans Day & 75th Anniversary of the Memorial in 1945.

By Michael Gunn

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1st Lt. Joseph Catterline’s Grave Site in Fairfield, Ohio… Honored on 1 November 2020

On Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 2 PM the Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (CCSAR) Honored Joseph Catterline (1741-1822) a Revolutionary War Patriot by marking his grave located at Miami Chapel Cemetery, 6210 River Road in Fairfield, Liberty Twp., Butler County, OH. Rain was predicted for the morning and disappeared with a gift of bright sun, but with a brisk wind by noon with gusts of 30 mph, as we set up the 8 flags and the podium behind Joseph’s Gravesite.

Cincinnati, Highlanders & Hocking Valley Chapter Members Participating in the Day’s Ceremonies

This was a Social Distancing Event, due to the existing 2020 Pandemic and protective masks re-quired as additional assurance of a safe event during the ceremony expected to be an hour in length. Our agreement with the City of Fairfield Parks and Recreation Officials and common sense both dictated such. Fairfield also required we reach out to Joseph’s descendants, which we’d already done as one of our CCSAR Compatriots, Charles Rogers had informed us of the interest to mark this grave by Descendant Thomas Foster Stander, CCSAR Member # 963392. We initially planned to honor this ancestor in late 2018. Unfortunately, Compatriot Stander died in 2019 and didn’t get an opportunity to be here and participate personally.

Presentation of Our National Colors

Before we began the ceremony, a few minutes was spent to acquaint our only guests, the Officials of the City of Fairfield, with who the CCSAR is and what we do. Some of them took advantage of our Web Site cincinnatisar.org and viewed videos of earlier Ceremonies for Grave Marking Patriots. The flags, uniforms, weapons and process preparing for the event being better understood, as the EMCEE gave direction to the Commander of the Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guard (NCMCG) to post the Colors, then Compatriot Robert Sturm led us all in the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag, followed by voicing the pledge to the SAR led by John Bredenfoerder, then the rousing Invocation expertly administered by OHSSAR Chaplain Dr. Ralph E. Bonniwell.

Ohio Society Chaplain Bonniwell & Past Cincinnati Chapter President Gunn

An introduction and welcome of Guests and Presenters began with City of Fairfield Officials: Mayor Steve Miller, City Manager Mark Wendling, Council Member & Park Board member, Leslie Besl, Park Board member, Gwen Richie, Director of Parks & Recreation, Tiphanie How-ard and Robert Schappacher with the Parks Department. We then identified those in the SAR and roles we have during our tribute to Joseph Catterline, concluding with Turner Lee Wilkerson, President of the Ohio Society SAR and the Cincinnati Chapter.

President Wilkerson began with Greetings from the 2000 + SAR members in Ohio and himself, then said:

Ohio Society & Cincinnati Chapter President Wilkerson

“Today we are celebrating a man’s patriotism and a remembrance of his willingness to defend a land in which he believed. As you enjoy fellowship and conversation with one another this day—I would encourage you to reflect on our rich heritage as Americans. Speak together, of the history of our great land and its people—and the fact that we are “one people” richly blessed by a Divine Providence.

Recognize that the rights and privileges we enjoy as American citizens are blessings that were earned by a WILLINGNESS to make the great personal sacrifices necessary to secure the liberties that we frequently take for granted today. Appreciate that our diverse origins and ethnicity produces an alloy that strengthens our culture and society.

On behalf of our Society, I want to thank the City of Fairfield for the care they are giving to the graves of our first military veterans. Mayor Miller, we are especially proud of the manner in which you and your team have expressed their passion and reverence for our Patriot Heritage and the preservation of our National Story for future generations.
All of us gathered here are the living legacy of the many Patriots like this brave soul we celebrate and remember today!”

At this point in the Ceremony Compatriot Larry W. Collins unveiled the grey granite SAR Marker and the Dedication: “We, the members of the Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution reveal and dedicate this marked Memorial to the glory of God and in the recognition of the memory of this honorable Patriot of the American Revolution.” Was made by our Emcee.

Compatriot Gregg Ballman presented a short biography of Patriot Catterlin, accompanied by a reverent chime: Joseph Catterlin (1741 – 1822) is an ancestor of Thomas Foster Standish, Cincinnati SAR Member. Joseph served as a 1st Lieutenant in the in the 1st Regiment Somerset County, New Jersey Militia in the Revolutionary War, they were known as the Jersey Blues due to their blue coats and Pants. The records of the Adjutant General indicate his unit was active before November 1777. He was also a recruiting officer in New Jersey for the Continental Army. He was buried here in 1822 and his name is also on Panel #9 of the Butler County, Soldiers & Sailors and Pioneers Monument in Hamilton, OH.

2021 1st & 2nd Vice President Nominees George Stewart (left) and Greg Ballman (right)

Nine Wreaths were presented:
Ohio Society SAR by President, Turner Lee Wilkerson
Indiana Society SAR, by Michael Gunn.
Germany Society SAR by John H. Bredenfoerder
Cincinnati Chapter SAR by Robert E.R. Bowers
Hocking Valley Chapter SAR by OHSSAR Color Guard Commander Bob Hill & Al Gummere
Highlanders Chapter SAR, by Pres. Gary Duffield
Ohio Society Ladies Aux. by Shari Wilkerson & Carol Gunn
City of Fairfield by Mayor Steve Miller

l to r – OHSSAR President Wilkerson, Compatriot Bowers, OHSSAR VP Bredenfoerder, City of Fairfield Mayor Steve Miller, OHSSAR Color Guard Commander Hill, Compatriot Gummere and EMCEE Gunn

To conclude the ceremony, three rounds of musket fire was ordered by NCMCG Commander Jarard for each of 12 SAR members (Ballman, Bowers, Crandall, Stewart, Hill, Gummere, Bredenfoerder, Schmitz, Rogers, Bonniwell, Duffield, Crandall, and Adjutant Blum with Colors.


Taps were played by Robert Sturm. Then a SAR Recessional by George Stewart “Until we meet again, let us remember our obligations to our forefathers, who gave us our Constitution, the Bill of Rights, an independent Supreme Court, and a Nation of Free Men.”

Cincinnati Chapter Bugler Robert Sturm

And a Benediction by Chaplain Dr. Ralph E. Bonniwell ended the program.

Again, Mayor Miller, we are especially proud of the manner in which you and your team have expressed their passion and reverence for our Patriot Heritage and the preservation of our National Story for future generations. All of us gathered here today are the living legacy of the many Patriots like the brave soul we celebrate and remember today!

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