Author Archives: Steve Oberlin

President Benjamin Harrison – Wreath Laying

Crown Hill Cemetery(Indianapolis – 17 August 2013) President Benjamin Harrison was remembered at Crown Hill Cemetery. The annual White House-directed ceremony recognizes the birth and achievements of President Harrison, the only president from Indiana. Indiana Society President William Sharp spoke on “The Attribute of a Patriot” at the grave site wreath laying. Harrison was a founder of the Sons of the American Revolution. His wife, Caroline Scott Harrison served as the first regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution. served with the Union Army during the Civil War. Among other accomplishments during his tenure, President Harrison was the first to order the flag flown above the White House and other government buildings. He also urged that flags be displayed in public schools.

President Sharp’s 2012 Address

le Petit Fort – NW Indiana

Indiana Dunes State Park

Indiana Dunes State Park

(Near Chesterton – 20 July 2013) Nearly 233 years ago, American patriots skirmished with British loyalists on the sandy shore of Lake Michigan. The site, and the men who fought there, were commemorated by various chapters of the Sons of the American Revolution, Daughters of the American Revolution and Children of the American Revolution.

5 December 1780, a group of patriots led by Lt. Thomas Brady and Jean Baptiste Hamelin were returning from a successful raid against Fort St. Joseph near present day Niles, Mich. They confronted a British force near Petit Fort, which wasn’t much more than a trading post. The British were successful, with some of the patriots killed and others captured.

U.S. Constitution – 225th anniversary

phila_2012(Independence Hall, Philadelphia, PA – 15 September 2012) Pictured with President General Stephen Leishman and his wife Janet, are several members of Indiana Society SAR, Indiana Society Ladies Aux, Indiana Society DAR and Indiana Society CAR, who were among the 108 Compatriots in the SAR Color Guard and some 40 ladies in period dress at the SAR ceremony marking the 225th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution.

Symphony on the Prairie

Conner_Prairie(Fishers – 1-4 July 2012) The Indiana Society Color Guard performs with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at the annual Independence Day Concerts at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park. Before a combined audience of over 25,000, the Color Guard presents colors during the National Anthem; recognizes veterans; and parades colors synchronized to live music. Concerts conclude with the “1812 Overture” accompanied by fireworks and Indiana National Guard artillery.

Roudebush VA Medical Center

VA_flag(Indianapolis – 23 January 2012) The Indiana Society presented an SAR flag to the Roudebush Veterans Medical Facility, for permanent display with the flags of other veteran and patriotic organizations on the 2nd floor rotunda. Accepting the flag for the VA facility were Mr. Jeff Nechaniky, Associate Director, and Mr. Jim Todd, Chief of Voluntary Services.

Presentation of the SAR flag concludes a twelve-year effort by long-time compatriot Captain Lowell Nichols, USN (Ret), who was unable to attend due to illness, to install the SAR flag at the Roudebush VA facility.

de LaBalme’s Defeat

labalme_2010c(Near Columbia City – 6 November 2010) The Indiana Society dedicated a historical marker commemorating the 230th anniversary of Colonel Augustin de LaBalme’s defeat against a significantly larger force of Miami Indians under Chief Little Turtle. The marker sits on the northeast corner of the intersection of Old Trail Road and de LaBalme Road.

Memorial Day

mem_day2010a(Indianapolis – 31 May 2010) Accompanied Murat Highlander bagpipes and drums, the Indiana Society Color Guard signaled the beginning of the annual Memorial Day commemorations in Washington Park East Cemetery. This year’s special commemoration culminated with the unveiling of a unique and permanent public tribute to honor all Hoosiers who have died in service to the Country, since Vietnam.  Pictured are Indiana National Guardsmen rendering honors to the individuals whos names are inscribed in the new memorial.

mem_day2010bKeynote speakers included Major General R. Martin Umbarger, the Adjutant General of Indiana, and two officers recently returned from operations in Iraq. Reading the Pledge of Allegiance was the Honorable Gregory A. Ballard, Mayor of Indianapolis.