Having Posted the Colors we all say our pledge to the flag
At 1:30 PM on Sunday, August 15, 2021 the Cincinnati Chapter of DAR held a dedication Ceremony for their 250 Patriots Marker Dedication at the Log Home built by James Kemper in the Sharon Woods Heritage Village area. After Cincinnati DAR Regent Laura Smith Babcock called the gathering of over 50 members, family and friends to order, a contingent of the Cincinnati SAR Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guard posted Colors followed by a pledge to our USA flag by Sarah Wessling an outstanding DAR Junior. The American Creed led by Samantha Banchstubbs and a moving Invocation by DAR Chaplain Kathryn Holman Schmid were the prompt for the Color Guard to retire to the sidelines.
The ceremonies continued with introductions and greetings by various dignitaries: Kathleen Dixon, OSDAR; Laura Kessler, National Historian General NSDAR; Nancy Wright, Vice President General, NSDAR; Sandy McCann, Honorary State Ohio DAR Regent; and Maggi Cobb-Wessling, Cincinnati DAR who chaired the organization of the 250th Patriots Marker placement and Ceremony. First, she thanked the Heritage Village Museum Board and its Director William Dichtl for approving the marker’s placement. Amore complete list of thanks to those who helped is listed in the Cincinnati DAR Program. She explained the background and significance of this marker in regard to its prelude to the USA’s celebrating the 250 anniversary of the founding of our great country, then unveiled the bronze plaque.
Subsequent to an enjoyable presentation by Steve Preston, who came the event as Reverend James Kemper the man that built the log cabin behind the DAR 250 Patriots Marker; members of the NCM Color Guard led by Sergeant Michael Gunn, with Bob Bowers, George Stewart, Rev. Ed Bonniwell and Drummer Bart Hendershot moved to the mourn position as the Benediction.
A Huzzah, to celebrate the unveiled 250 Patriot DAR Marker
As we continue to prepare for the celebration of the 250 years since the founding of our country, reliving the hardship and risks endured by our ancestors, let us rejoice in the achievement of the model which has led to so many having freedom and liberties coupled with the responsibilities it brings.