January 11th, 2019 Naturalization Ceremony

President Lee Wilkerson and Compatriots Bob Bowers, Jack Bredenfoerder and Ed Bonniwell welcomed 70 new citizens at a naturalization ceremony at the Potter Stewart Federal Courthouse on Friday, January 11th. The Honorable Stephanie Bowman officiated. Welcome!

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December 21 Naturalization Ceremony

Cincinnati SAR Compatriots Bob Bowers, Jack Bredenfoerder and Jerry Knight welcomed 69 new citizens at a naturalization ceremony on December 21st at the Potter Stewart Federal Courthouse. The American Heritage Girls posted the Colors and treated the new citizens and our compatriots to cookies after the ceremony. The Honorable Stephanie K. Bowman officiated.

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Cincinnati SAR Installs Their 2019 Officers and Board of Management


Ohio Society SAR President Shawn A. Cox installed the 2019 Cincinnati SAR Officers and Board of Management on December 15th at the University Club of Cincinnati. Congratulations and best wishes to Cincinnati SAR President Turner Lee Wilkerson III and all the 2019 executive officers and board of management!

2019 Cincinnati SAR Officers
President – Turner Lee Wilkerson III
1st Vice President – Kerry Lee Langdon
2nd Vice President – Gary Lee Duffield
Secretary – Clayton Lowell Crandall
Treasurer – Michael J. Blum
Registrar – Franz B. Ott II
Historian – George H. Stewart
Webmaster – Shaun P. Smith
Chaplain – Rev. R. Edgar Bonniwell

2019 Cincinnati SAR Board of Management
Gregory D. Ballman
Robert E. R. Bowers
Jeffrey M. Hartman
James H. Houston
Bradley J. Jarard
All Living Former Cincinnati SAR Presidents


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Cincinnati SAR Compatriots Honored for Their Accomplishments

20181215-SAR-Sons-of-the-American-Revolution-Cincinnati-Ohio-Awards-01The Cincinnati SAR held their annual awards dinner on December 15th at Cincinnati University Club on the evening of December 15th. The Chapter had a very successful year and received the top three National Society Awards from President General Larry Guzy at the SAR National Congress that was held last July in Houston, Texas. This exceptional accomplishment was made possible by the many dedicated compatriots of the Cincinnati Chapter.

Cincinnati SAR President John H. Bredenfoerder recognized the many individual accomplishments of the chapter compatriots who made the national recognition possible. President Bredenfoerder presented the following awards to the Cincinnati Compatriots and their wives:

Perfect Attendance Certificates


George H. Stewart, Gary L. Duffield, Michael J. Blum
(Not Pictured John H. Bredenfoerder, Kenneth G. Carpenter)

Certificates of Appreciation


Shawn Cox
(Not Pictured Roger Fisher)

Ladies Certificates of Appreciation


Elizabeth Smith, Shari Wilkerson, Billie Bonniwell, Billie Andrews, Mary Ann Duffield, Janet Crandall, Mary Lou Knight, Karen Ballman, Christine Smith
(Not Pictured Emma Hartman)

SAR/DAR Appreciation Medal


Wanda Langdon

Martha Washington Medal


Carolyn Carpenter

Daughters of Liberty Medal
Laurie Bredenfoerder
Carole Gunn

Cincinnati Thomas Paine Award


George H. Stewart, Mike B. Gunn

Roger Sherman Medal



J. Preston Smith, Kerry L. Langdon, Jason Bourgeois, Clayton L. Crandall (Not Pictured: Larry W. Collins, Jacob S. Hartman, Jeffrey M. Hartman, Joshua B. Hartman, James H. Houston, Jr.,  Mark E. Idle, Bradley J. Jarard, Franz B. Ott II, Charles E. Rogers, Connor M. Smith, Scott E. Snow, George H. Stewart, Jr.)

Patriot Grave Marking Medal


R. Edgar Bonniwell (1 Bronze),  Turner Lee Wilkerson III (3 Bronze), Michael B. Gunn (1 Bronze, 1 Silver),  George H. Stewart (1 Bronze),  Michael J. Blum (1 Bronze) (Not Pictured: Robert E. R. Bowers (1 Bronze))

Bronze Color Guard Medal


Shaun P. Smith

Silver Color Guard Medal
Shaun P. Smith

Good Citizenship Medal


Kenneth G. Carpenter (Accepted by Carolyn Carpenter),  Shaun P. Smith, Gerald P. Knight, Michael B. Gunn, Zachary T. Haines (Not Pictured: Jesse W. Andrews, George Vincent)

LaFayette Medal

Michael J. Blum

Meritorious Service Medal


Clayton L. Crandall, R. Edgar Bonniwell, Kenny R. Burck, Gordon E. Stokely, Jr., Gregory D. Ballman (Not Pictured: Robert E. R. Bowers, Daniel S. Schmitz)

Distinguished Service Medal


Michael J. Blum

Distinguished Service Certificates



Donald C. McGraw, Jr., Turner Lee Wilkerson III, Michael B. Gunn, Jesse W. Andrews, Gary L. Duffield (Not Pictured: James D. Schaffer)


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Wreaths Across America at Spring Grove Cemetery

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

We participated in a second WAA Ceremony at the Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, with 7 Compatriots attending at the Civil War Soldiers Section.

Bob Bowers led the Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guard, Chaplain Ed Boniwell delivered a stirring Benediction and Jim Schaffer captured the action with his digital camera. Bob directed a few citizens who provided a Memorial Flag to replace the one in the Cemetery for the Ceremony prior to the 290 Wreath Placements. Each wreath placement was to speak the name on the marker to honor the Patriot. Then the Color Guard approached the flagpole; the halyard team Clay Crandall and Mike Gunn took down the original, for Gregg Ballman and Shaun Smith to ceremonially fold the flag while Bugles played.

The seven of us then went to the Revolutionary Patriots Monument where we ceremonially place a wreath to honor the 60 Patriots named there on the three bronze plaques.

Photos By James D. Schaffer


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Cincinnati Compatriots attend Wreaths Across America ceremonies at Greenwood Cemetery

Cincinnati SAR President Jack Bredenfoerder and Compatriots Mike Blum and George Stewart attended the Wreaths Across America ceremony in Hamilton, Ohio at the Greenwood Cemetery. They were joined by Regent Marlene Vastine and the ladies of the John Reily DAR. Regent Vastine and President Bredenfoerder brought greeting to the large crowd that gathered in the heavy rain to pay tribute to the many patriots buried in the cemetery. Once the main ceremony was complete and all the wreaths were placed, the John Reily OSDAR and the Cincinnati SAR compatriots then conducted another ceremony at the grave of Patriot John Reily. Both organizations were very pleased to see so many people attend the ceremonies despite the inclement weather. Patriotism is alive and well in Hamilton, Ohio!

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Cincinnati SAR Compatriots Present an Interactive Revolutionary War Program

Rev. Dr. R. Edgar Bonniwell, the Cincinnati SAR Youth Programs Chairman, coordinated a Revolutionary War History program for the fifth grade students of Taylor Middle School in Cleves, Ohio. On Thursday, December 13th, compatriots Ballman, Bowers, Bredenfoerder and Gunn joined Dr. Bonniwell at the Taylor Middle School where they presented a full day of Revolutionary War curriculum.

The day started off with the compatriots doing a regimental drill and President Bredenfoerder then led the assembly in the singing of The Star Spangled Banner. Throughout the day the compatriots presented their individual 30 minute presentations to each of the five fifth grade classes. Compatriot Gregg Ballman talked to the students about the Declaration of Independence. Compatriot Bob Bowers presented the events that preceded and contributed to the Revolutionary War. President Jack Bredenfoerder spoke to the students about the life of an everyday Revolutionary War soldier and referenced the autobiographical writings of Patriot Joseph Plumb Martin. Compatriot Dr. Michael Gunn displayed a collection of Revolutionary memorabilia and spoke to the students about how the items were used by our patriot ancestors. Chairman Dr. Bonniwell made a rousing speech about the Victory at Yorktown and the surrender of British Lord General Cornwallis. The presentations were very interactive and the students had many questions for the compatriots.

The Cincinnati SAR speakers are available for similar educational presentations to area schools and civic organizations. Visit cincinnatisar.org <http://cincinnatisar.org&gt; for contact information and details.


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