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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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34 SAR MAGAZINE NORTH CAROLINA SOCIETY Halifax Reserves Chapter The Halifax Resolves Chapter recently dedicated an SAR marker at the grave of Compatriot Dr. Ralph Hardee Rives. The chapter was assisted by North Carolina SAR Sr. Vice President James A. Becker, the combined NCSSAR Color Guard and compatriots from the Gen. George Washington, Lower Cape Fear, Old North State and Raleigh chapters. Members of the Micajah Pettaway and Warren Chapters of the NC DAR also attended. Dr. Rives was born Nov. 24, 1930 in Rocky Mount, Nash County, N.C, the son of Ralph Cooper Rives and Lessie Day Hardee. He studied at the University of Oxford and the University of London and received his doctorate from the University of Virginia. Dr. Rives spent more than 30 years as an English professor at East Carolina University. On April 22, 1965, Dr. Rives was inducted into the SAR as a descendant of Peter Rives of Pitt County. A member of the now-defunct Rocky Mount Chapter, he served as North Carolina SAR president from 1972-74. Dr. Rives also served as president of a number of North Carolina cultural and historical associations, including the Society of the War of 1812 in North Carolina, the North Carolina Chapter of the Victorian Society in America and the Pitt County Historical Society. He was also a member of the Society of the Cincinnati, the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Order of the Stars and Bars, and was active in historic preservation circles throughout his adult years. Dr. Rives passed away May 20, 2016, and rests with his family in the Elmwood Cemetery, Enfield, N.C. New Bern Chapter The newest junior members of the New Bern Chapter were inducted on Nov. 3, 2017. Caden Danielson, 12, and his brother Chase Danielson, 10, of Tampa, Florida, were sworn in by their grandfather, Gary Gillette, the New Bern Chapter vice president and registrar. Their Patriot ancestor is Aaron Gillett, a private in the Connecticut Militia during the American Revolution. As junior members, the boys can attend Chapter meetings and events and learn about their ancestors and the system of representative government and participatory democracy that they fought to create. Lower Cape Fear Chapter The Lower Cape Fear Chapter in Wilmington, North Carolina follows an active program of participation and service in local, regional and national events. Among other events, the chapter marches in the Wilmington Veterans Day parade and sends a sizable contingent to the national convention, wherever it might be held. Currently, the chapter has a national office holder—Compatriot John Thornhill is Historian General. The chapter has had national- and state-level officers and committee members for years. It holds informative and interesting local meetings and hosts local community first responders and students at various times during the year. NCSSAR, through its local chapters, is a national leader in the recognition of, and service to, our military in several important ways. Among those are active duty military recognition and a helping hand to Wounded Warriors. OHIO SOCIETY Gold Star Mothers Sunday, the last Sunday of September, was recognized at the Mohican Memorial Forest Shrine, which was completed in 1947 near Loudonville, Ohio. Ohio SAR President Don McGraw was a featured speaker, bringing the Miller Flag Collection to the Shrine. The Ohio Society Color Guard stood guard. Guard members attending the event included: Larry Perkins (Ebenezer Zane Chapter); Steve Frash (Marietta Chapter); Bob Davis, Chuck Bundy, Jeff Walt and Bob Hill (Hocking Valley Chapter); and Ernie Moreland with Steve Kelley (Gen. Henry Knox Chapter). Dan Carey and Steve Seckman, representing Gen. Henry Knox Chapter and Buglers Across America, played Taps for the service. The local DAR, American Legion, VFW and Marine Color Guard each played important roles in the memorial service. Cincinnati Chapter The Cincinnati Chapter was well represented at the 2017 Patriot Fair, held Sept. 22, 2017, at the Mason City Building. The all-day event was presented by the American Spirit Education Alliance. The weather cooperated with clear skies, although the heat index was somewhat oppressive. The Cincinnati Chapter was one of many patriotic and historical organizations participating in this year's fair. The Ohio Society DAR was represented by the John Reily Chapter of Butler County and the Turtle Creek Chapter of Warren County. In addition, the Ohio Society C.A.R. was represented by its Fort Hamilton Chapter of Butler County. Some of the other organizations participating were the American Heritage Girls 3124, the American Legion Post 194, the Boy Scouts of America, the Civil Air Patrol, the Department of Veteran Affairs, the Freedoms Foundation, the Mason North Carolina compatriots at the Battle of Kings Mountain site were, from left, George Strunk (Gen. George Washington Chapter), Taylor Osborne (Yadkin Valley Chapter) and Gary Green (Lower Cape Fear Chapter).

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