Steven Branam was the guest speaker at the Feb. 11 meeting of The Plain City Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, held at the Canaan Township Building.
He presented his program, “Three Strikes of the Match: The Real Story of April 19, 1775.”
Jaiden Archer, granddaughter of past Regent Joy Ballard, set the stage with her playing on a keyboard and singing “God Bless Our Native Land.”
His narrative included Paul Revere’s ride, the events at Lexington Green, the North Bridge and the British Retreat back to Boston. This is not the story you learned in school. This is the real story of the motivations, choices and actions taken that day in pursuit of Liberty. Members learned about the great sacrifices made by many ordinary Americans we have never heard of before and left with a greater understanding of the grit our founders possessed.
He came dressed in clothing of the day and supplied easy to understand color coded maps to see the different routes. A few of the flags he displayed can be seen in the photo. It was a time of when morality — one’s position in the public — mattered.
Seven years ago Branam became involved with the Appleseed Project which is sponsored by the Revolutionary War Veterans Association. He became an instructor with Appleseed, then a Shoot Boss and currently he is also the state coordinator for Appleseed in Ohio.
Regent Valerie Merideth presented him with a token of appreciation. Then members began the business meeting with the Daughters of the American Revolution ritual. Archer sang “The Star Spangled Banner.”
Invitations Regent Valerie received were shared with the membership. One was to participate in a July parade and two from other chapters to join their meetings. Planning and preparations were discussed for the Ohio State Conference which is in March. The Southwest Region is responsible for registration and the hospitality room. The chapter also have two birdhouses to decorate that will be used for table centerpieces.
Article submitted by Wanda DuPuis.