The SAR Magazine

Summer 2018

The SAR MAGAZINE is the official quarterly publication of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution published quarterly.

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38 SAR MAGAZINE for recognition. Two of the students were awarded $1,000 scholarships for their participation in activities demonstrating their dependability, cooperation, leadership, patriotism and scholarship. In addition, several individuals were selected from the community for notable services in activities to preserve our American heritage. The keynote speaker was Dr. Davis M. Gerlach, president of Lincoln College, who directed his comments to "The Intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King and Mahalia Jackson at Lincoln College: Honoring Their Legacies." This is the 19th year the program has been held since its inception in 2000. During this time, 361 high school seniors have been recognized and $17,800 in scholarships awarded. There were 102 attendees, including the SAR members, student nominees, high school representatives, parents, members of the community for their notable services and honored guests, which this year included David Chamblin, president elect of the ILSSAR; Mark Jontry, regional superintendent for Dewitt, Livingston, Logan and McLean counties; Patrick Durley, regional superintendent for Woodford, Tazewell and Mason counties; Mrs. Robert Bowen, pianist; and Don Hyland, GJB SAR treasurer and photographer. The student nominees and their high schools were: Nathaniel Jacob Parson, Bloomington; Seth Seiler, Calvary Christian Academy; Ryan C. Thomas, Central Catholic; Christiaan Whittier Noyes, Cornerstone Christian Academy; Cheyenne Elizabeth Carr, El Paso-Gridley; Natalie Rose Bardwell, Eureka; Linnea Genevieve Nordstrom, Fieldcrest; Matthew Robert Schultz, Heyworth; James M. Spencer, LeRoy; Katherine Taylor Cheever, Lexington; Taylor Belle Laible, Lowpoint-Washburn; Christopher Michael Leanos, Metamora Township; Yates R. McLaughin, Normal Community; Luke William Gentry, Normal Community West; Rebecca Ann Kath, Olympia; Jacob Sidney Leman, Prairie Central; Katherine Isabel Dowling, Ridgeview; Ellyn Ruth Sauder, Roanoke-Benson; Brock Nathaniel Ward, Tri- Valley; Molly Elizabeth Day, University High School. The citizens recognized for notable services were: • Ed Pyne, editor of The Normalite weekly newspaper, for the support and publicity his paper has provided the GJB SAR Chapter and our events—presented by Dr. Virgil Short. • Patrick Durley, regional superintendent for Woodford, Tazewell and Mason counties, for his support of the GJB SAR Outstanding Good Citizenship Program—presented by Bill White. • Jeffrey S. Kretlow, GJB SAR Chapter vice president and chairman of the Flag, Law Enforcement, Fire Safety, EMS and Heroism committees—presented by Bill Hammitt. The individuals from the community and students were presented with the SAR Good Citizenship Certificates, SAR pins and pocket U.S. Constitutions, with two students awarded the $1,000 scholarships. Those students were Natalie Rose Bardwell of Eureka High School and Molly Elizabeth Day of University High School. Long Knives Chapter The Long Knives Chapter held a Patriot grave-marking ceremony at St. John's Cemetery in Union County, Illinois on June 9. Four Revolutionary War soldiers are buried in the cemetery—Peter Meisenheimer, Adam Clapp, Christopher Lyerle and Jacob Hileman. The chapter worked for more than a year to complete this project. Quite a bit of research and fundraising went into the effort. On the day of the ceremony, despite rainy weather, about 50 descendants attended. The chapter color guard provided a musket salute, and Boy Scout Troop 44 carried the colors. The ceremony was well received, and attendees expressed their deep appreciation to the chapter afterward. INDIANA SOCIETY The George Rogers Clark Memorial Wreath-Laying Ceremony celebrating the 239th anniversary of the capture of Fort Sackville, was held May 26 at the George Rogers Clark Memorial, George Rogers Clark National Historical Park in Vincennes, Indiana. This was the seventh year for this annual National SAR event. Dr. Theodore Rex Legler II, past Vice President General, Central District, was the presiding officer. The invocation and benediction were given by Robert P. Cunningham, also a past Vice President General of the Central District. James C. Arnold, Indiana SAR, commanded an excellent color guard, which presented and posted the colors. Color guard participants included compatriots from Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Missouri, New Hampshire and the Germany Society. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Allen G. Manning, Indiana Society Clifty Creek Chapter secretary, and April A. Legler, National Ladies Auxiliary parliamentarian, led the singing of the national anthem. Welcome and opening remarks were made by Frank W. Doughman, superintendent of the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park. Greetings were brought by VPG Robert B. Fish, Central District; Robert C. Pfaff, president, Indiana SAR; Chris Cunningham, president, Indiana Ladies Auxiliary; and Cynthia Frederick, Southern District Director Elect, Indiana DAR. John R. Fish, George Rogers Clark Chapter president and Indiana District 4 vice president; Gavin T. Fish, grandson of John Fish; and Cunningham escorted participants presenting wreaths. In total, 33 wreaths were presented, and flag streamers were awarded to all presenters. During the weekend of the wreath-laying ceremony, the Indiana SAR hosted a tent on Saturday and Sunday at the 42nd Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous. Compatriots dressed in Colonial attire recruited prospective members for the SAR. Compatriots interested in attending or participating in the Saturday, May 25, 2019 ceremony, please contact Cunningham, event coordinator, by email at rpcunnin@ PPP Jeremy Kreps serves in the U.S. Army at Fort Campbell and is a dual member of the Valentine Sevier Chapter, Tennessee SAR, as well as a member of the Continental Chapter, Indiana SAR. He attended the annual George Rogers Clark Memorial Wreath-Laying Ceremony, a National Sons of the American Revolution event that took place on May 26 in the rotunda of the Clark Memorial at the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park in Vincennes, Indiana.

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