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Winter 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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WINTER 2018 29 hosted by the Colonel Augustin de la Balme Chapter, NSDAR. On or about Nov. 5, 1780, Col. de la Balme and about 40 of his men were surrounded by Miami led by Chief Little Turtle, resulting in a protracted conflict, and were eventually slaughtered by an overwhelming force. Col. de la Balme and all his men were lost. A memorial marker was placed at the site of the battle by the DAR in 1930. The INSSAR also placed a historical marker in 2010. The INSSAR and Anthony Halberstadt Chapter SAR were invited by the DAR to attend the commemoration, and several members attended and participated in the ceremony. Among participants were INSSAR State Secretary and Chapter Vice President Jeff Jones, who brought greetings; Chapter President Dennis Wright, who spoke of the significance of the event; and Minuteman Compatriot Roger Barnhart, who provided the attendees with comments detailing the route of the de la Balme forces and events leading to the conflict. Daniel Guthrie Chapter On Nov. 21, 2017, the Daniel Guthrie Chapter, Indiana SAR, presented Master Sgt. Louis A. Alicea, U.S. Army active duty, with the Wounded Warrior Coin and Certificate for wounds received in Afghanistan. Pictured, from left, are Chapter President James A. Pershing, Sgt. Maj. Ronald E. Burkhart (USMC, Ret.) and Alicea. IOWA SOCIETY Central Iowa Chapter On Veterans Day 2017, Central Iowa Chapter Color Guard Commander Mike Rowley and more than 400 citizens from around the country joined in Clarke County, Iowa for the dedication of the 68th (of 99 planned, one for each county) Freedom Rock in Iowa. The Freedom Rock Tour, created by the artist of the Freedom Rock, Ray "Bubba" Sorensen II, aims to boost tourism and spread the message of thanking our veterans while providing a unique Freedom Rock for all 99 counties in Iowa. The front face of the Clarke County Freedom Rock features a quote from President Abraham Lincoln, and the back, which faces the Honor Wall, features illustrations of Maxton Daniel, Raymond Harris, George Horton, Herschel Oehlert and Bert Keeler. They were Clarke County residents who were killed in action. The side of the rock facing west features a large red bull logo, signifying the 34th Infantry Division for which Highway 34 is named. KANSAS SOCIETY Sons of the Plains Chapter The Sons of the Plains Chapter honored late SAR Compatriot Albert Lowell Sayler with a grave-marking ceremony Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, at the Great Bend Cemetery in Great Bend. Kansas SAR President Dennis Nelson, State Vice President Bobbie Hulse and State Color Guard Commander Dewey Fry were on hand to provide honors. Chapter President Justin Engleman was master of ceremonies and delivered the memorial address. Sayler, who died May 29, 1991, was a lifelong resident of Clarence Township, west of Great Bend, residing on the farmstead that his grandparents purchased in 1876. Born Dec. 16, 1915, Sayler was the son of Arthur M. and Sarah (Patterson) Sayler. He married the former Mildred Anna Serpan on Aug. 27, 1938, in Dighton. She died March 30, 2011. According to Sayler's son, John, his father never traveled far from the farm because he had many chores to do. The elder Sayler had many hobbies, including tending to the vast species of wildlife that frequented his farm due to his having obtained a federal permit designating it as a wildlife refuge. From left, James A. Shoptaw, Indiana SAR Color Guard Commander Robert Cunningham (with the Betsy Ross Flag), James Arnold (Indiana State Flag) and Mark R. Kreps (SAR Flag). DAR and C.A.R. members pictured behind include Janet Kreps, Indiana Ladies Auxilary SAR and DAR member, and Charlotte Blair, DAR Chapter Project Chair.

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