Cincinnati SAR President Jack Bredenfoerder and Compatriots Jerry Knight and Bob Bowers attended a naturalization ceremony on November 2nd at the Clermont Northeastern High School where they welcomed 62 new citizens. The Honorable Stephanie K. Bowman officiated.
Cincinnati SAR Compatriots Jack Bredenfoerder, Lee Wilkerson and Mike Gunn laid wreaths for the Cincinnati Chapter SAR, Ohio Society SAR and the Germany Society SAR at the Point Pleasant Battle Days Memorial Ceremony on Sunday, October 7th. The Battle of Point Pleasant, also known as the Battle of Kanawha, was the only major action of Dunmore’s War. It was fought on October 10, 1774, between Virginia militia and Indians from the Shawnee and Mingo tribes. Indians under the Shawnee Chief Cornstalk attacked Virginia militia under Colonel Andrew Lewis near modern day Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Cornstalk retreated after a long and bloody battle and the Virginians, along with a second force led by Lord Dunmore, the Royal Governor of Virginia, marched into the Ohio Valley and forced Cornstalk into a treaty.
Cincinnati Compatriots Jack Bredenfoerder, Lee Wilkerson, Gregg Ballman attended an NSSAR wreath laying ceremony to memorialize Governor Thomas Nelson, Jr., a signer of the Declaration of Independence and Revolutionary War soldier on Friday, October 19th in Yorktown, Virginia. They were joined by Cincinnati First Lady Laurie Bredenfoerder and Compatriots Bob Hill, Tom Hankins and Al Gummere of the Hocking Valley Chapter SAR. The compatriots all served in the National Society Color Guard and laid wreaths for the Ohio Society, Germany Society, Cincinnati Chapter and the Hocking Valley Chapter. After the memorial service the compatriots marched in the Yorktown Victory Celebration Parade. The trip was a very patriotic experience for all the compatriots. The previous day, everyone toured the Yorktown museum and dined in colonial uniform at Christiana Campbell’s Tavern in Williamsburg, Virginia.
The Battle of Yorktown was General George Washington’s absolute victory which caused the surrender of Lord Cornwallis’s British army on 19th October 1781 and secured the independence of the United States from British rule. Thomas Nelson, Jr. was an American planter, soldier, and statesman from Yorktown, Virginia . He represented Virginia in the Continental Congress and was its Governor in 1781. He is regarded as one of the U.S. Founding Fathers. He signed Declaration of Independence as a member of the Virginia delegation and fought in the militia during the Siege of Yorktown.
Cincinnati SAR Compatriots Jerry Knight and Bob Bowers attended a naturalization ceremony on October 19th at the Potter Stewart Federal Courthouse. The compatriots welcomed 64 new citizens. The Honorable Beth A. Buchanan officiated.
Michael B. Gunn, Ph.D.
Past President, Patriot Graves Chair CCSAR
Once again this year we members of the Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution had the Honor to post Colors and welcome back the 70 plus Veterans who served this country from their day trip to Washington D.C. The Simon Kenton Chapter of SAR in northern Kentucky joins us and various groups including DAR ladies, Boy Scouts about 200 family and well wishers of the travelers and the hard working staff of the “Honor Flight Tri-State” who coordinate the activities and select the Veterans.
Their mission is to offer Honor Flights to veterans so they may visit their memorials in Washington, D.C. All World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans aged 65 and older, who served either stateside or overseas, are eligible; and will leave NO ONE behind! Thanks to each and every sponsor to the Flights.
Attending from Cincinnati SAR on October 23, 2018 were: President Jack Bredenfoerder, Robert Bowers, Gerald Knight, George Stewart, Michael Blum and Past President Michael Gunn. At the end of this season we give gratitude to those veterans and thank them for their service and sacrifices. God bless them and God bless these United States of America!
By Compatriot George Stewart, Chapter Historian
Border warfare characterized the American Revolution on the northwest frontier. Between August 26 and September 15, 1781, sixty-four survivors of Lochry’s Expedition were held captive by “Butler’s Rangers” (British-allied Indians led by George Girty) in a camp near this site. Colonel Archibald Lochry’s battalion of Pennsylvania militia, part of a larger punitive expedition under General George Rogers Clark and traveling down the Ohio River behind the main force, was attacked by Girty’s men ten miles downstream from the mouth of the Great Miami River near present-day Aurora, Indiana. Thirty-seven militiamen were killed in the August 24 battle, including Lochry, and the rest captured. Afterwards Rogers abandoned his objective of capturing British-held Detroit. The captives were taken to Detroit and eventually to Montreal. Tradition holds that fewer than twenty of Lochry’s battalion ever returned to their homes.
In 2001 The Ohio Society and The Cincinnati Chapter Son of the American Revolution, with the help of the Ohio Historical Society, sponsored the erection of a Historical Road Marker 150 yards west of the junction at East Miami River Road and Jordan Road in Miami Township near Cleves, Ohio. Members of the Cincinnati Chapter were there for the unveiling.
Cincinnati SAR President Jack Bredenfoerder and Compatriot Jerry Knight attended a naturalization ceremony on October 4th at the Potter Stewart Federal Courthouse. The compatriots welcomed 68 new citizens from 32 countries. A sister from the Franciscan Order was among the new citizens. Several of her fellow religious showed their support by attending the ceremony. The Honorable Karen L. Litkovitz officiated.