The SAR Magazine

Spring 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 The Battle of Kettle Creek occurred on Feb. 14, 1779 and was between a militia force of Patriots and a loyalist militia force. It was considered an American victory. On Saturday morning, the Georgia SAR Elijah Clark Militia, with musket salutes, raised the 1776 colors of the Revolutionary War on the Wilkes County Courthouse flagpole. Later in the morning, the Georgia SAR Combined Color Guard & Militia gathered at the Revolutionary War monument of the Washington City Square to salute and honor the Wilkes County Militia (the Heroes of the Hornets' Nest). In the afternoon, wreaths were presented by the SAR; DAR; C.A.R.; other hereditary organizations; local, state and national officials; high school JROTC cadets; students; and the public to honor the heroes of the Wilkes County Militia for their victory at Kettle Creek. While representing the Ohio SAR, Compatriot Frash presented a wreath and carried the Ohio Burgee in the procession. PPP Wreaths Across America was held on Dec. 16, 2017. More than 1.4 million wreaths were placed on veterans' graves at more than 1,000 cemeteries. For the second year in a row, every grave at Arlington National Cemetery received a wreath. In Ohio, 55 cemeteries received wreaths to be placed graveside. Ohio SAR chapters were active in sponsoring and placing wreaths. The Western Reserve Society and Cincinnati, Benjamin Franklin, Richard Montgomery, John Hancock, North East Ohio, Mahoning Valley, Hocking Valley, Gen. Henry Knox, Arthur St. Clair and Camp Charlotte Chapters were active participants. As national chair of partners in patriotism, Tony Robinson congratulated each of the chapters in their active participation. Hocking Valley Chapter For the seventh consecutive year, the Hocking Valley and Gen. Henry Knox Chapters presented Veterans Day school assemblies at Licking Heights Elementary. The students were introduced to the first American veterans, and then their family members who served in the military were introduced. More than 120 veterans were introduced at each school. Mahoning Valley Chapter On Feb. 19, 100 Compatriots, wives and guests from more than 20 patriotic and historical organizations gathered to celebrate George Washington's 286th birthday. The Western Reserve Society SAR luncheon was held at Shaker Heights Country Club. Chapter President David Foster welcomed everyone who had gathered for the event. Ted Minier, with Foster assisting, inducted two new members, Joseph Timothy Weills and David Whitney Hawkins. WRS Essay Contest Chairman Fred Watkins presented a certificate and $300 to Sarath Kareti, a student at Rocky River High School, for his wonderful essay. It was nice that his dad, Dr. Kareti, was able to be there for the presentation. After lunch, Raquel Suarez from James Madison's Montpelier Estate gave an informative presentation on Madison, his upbringing, his education, and his involvement in writing the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, a document that has lasted the test of time in guiding our government. OKLAHOMA SOCIETY Tulsa Chapter Tulsa Chapter Color Guardsmen Loyd Means, Stuart Denslow, John Thompson and Ron Painter presented the colors at the opening of Revolutionary Day on Feb. 8. Oklahoma SAR President Ron Painter presented a $100 check, donated by the Tulsa Chapter, to the first-place winner of the event's essay contest, Andrew King of Grissom Elementary. King's essay was entitled "Why We Went to War." The Revolutionary Day program is coordinated by Tulsa teachers Beth Howard and Dessa Weber, who are Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute alumnae. It is a stimulating, one-day immersion for area fifth- graders into activities celebrating a pivotal time in our nation's history, the American Revolution. Students enjoy dressing in Colonial period clothing and meeting historical character interpreters such as Bill Barker (Thomas Jefferson) and Bryan Austin (James Madison), both of Colonial Williamsburg, and Tom Plott (Dr. James Craik) and Eben Kuhns (Alexander Hamilton) of Mount Vernon. PPP On Feb. 24, the Tulsa Chapter SAR hosted the 2018 Outstanding Citizenship Awards ceremony at Hardesty Regional Library. The chapter started this tradition in 1926. Speakers at the event included Tulsa Chapter SAR President Ron Painter; Jonathan Townsend, assistant to the mayor of Tulsa for community development and policy; Deputy Superintendent Paula Shannon of Tulsa Public Schools; and Tina Kaminski, president of the Tulsa Council of Parent Teacher Associations. Shannon and Tulsa Chapter SAR Colorguardsmen Bill Graham, Loyd Means, John Thompson and Stuart Denslow presented the students their pins and certificates. There was a near-capacity attendance, which included students, parents and guests, teachers, counselors, principals, and DAR and SAR members. Junior-class young men from 14 area high schools were honored. Oklahoma SAR President Ron Painter presented the first-place award to Andrew King for his winning essay. Tulsa Chapter SAR Colorguardsmen Bill Graham, Loyd Means, John Thompson and Stuart Denslow with the 2018 Outstanding Citizenship Award honorees.

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