Organized January 8, 1895
The speaker for this year’s Annual Meeting of the Society of the War of 1812 in the State of Ohio will be Colonel Donald C. McGraw, Jr., (U.S. Army, retired) from Cincinnati, Ohio. Colonel McGraw will be presenting the Captain Howard Miller Flag Collection, a special collection of flags from throughout American history. The Captain Howard Miller Flag Collection consists of 70 flags dating from pre-Revolutionary War times through the current U.S. 50-Star flag. Captain Miller, a vexillologist (an authority and collector of flags), assembled the collection in the late 1950s and toured throughout the Midwest for more than 25 years giving flag presentations to schools and civic organizations. The collection is now maintained by the Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. The collection contains thirty Revolutionary War era flags and colors, and another forty flags representing specific times and events throughout America’s history. Colonel McGraw was commissioned in the U.S. Army’s Field Artillery Branch from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1979. He spent his first 21 years of service in a variety of command and staff positions in infantry divisions in the Republic of Korea, the Federal Republic of Germany and in the continental United States. Colonel McGraw spent 14 months in 2005 & 2006 as the Director of Operations for Combined Forces Command in Afghanistan and spent the remainder of his commissioned service as the Director for Afghanistan Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Colonel McGraw retired from the U.S. Army in July 2009 after 30 years of commissioned service. He is currently President and General Manager of Planet Products Corporation in Blue Ash, Ohio. He is the current the President of the Ohio Society, Sons of the American Revolution. Colonel McGraw is married to Dr. Alicia Bridgeland and they have seven children. The Annual Meeting will be held at the MCL Restaurant in Upper Arlington, Ohio, on 21 April 2018. The meeting will start at 12 noon. The restaurant opens at 11am and serves cafeteria style, so arrive early to gather your food. The meeting is open to the public. Shawn Cox, Vice President.