Johnson to visit for flag dedication


By Nikki Blankenship



Scioto County is expecting a special visitor, who is coming to town to take part in an event of patriotism. Congressman Bill Johnson is coming to town on Thursday to present an American flag as part of a special event — the Scioto Valley Daughters of 1812 Flag Dedication Ceremony.

Johnson will arrive at the Scioto County Courthouse, located at 602 7th Street in Portsmouth between 10:30 and 11 a.m. As the guest of honor, Johnson will not only take part in the ceremony but has also prepared some brief remarks.

The ceremony will honor Scioto County’s War of 1812, Captain William Kendall, and the 125th anniversary of the National Society of the United States Daughters of 1812. The flag Johnson will present was flown over the U.S. Capitol specifically for this event at the Congressman’s request.

Founded in 1892, the National Society United States Daughters of 1812 is a non-political, women’s service organization for descendants of patriots (such as Kendall) who aided the American cause during the War of 1812. Additionally, the US Daughters of 1812 is one of the first women’s organizations to receive a national charter. Historically, the group is recognized for helping in the effort to make the Star-Spangled Banner the official National Anthem. Today, the group works towards patriotism, education and the preservation of historical documents and relics.

The Scioto Valley Daughters of 1812 Flag Dedication Ceremony will be open to the public and for media coverage.

Johnson, a republican from Marietta, is a representative for Ohio’s 6th District, spanning across eastern and southeastern Ohio. To follow Johnson and stay up-to-date on upcoming events as well as the representative’s stance and today’s hot topics in politics, visit billjohnson.house.gov.

For more information about the Daughters of 1812, visit www.usdaughter1812.org. For information specific to the local charter, visit http://sites.usdaughters1812.org/scioto1812/.

By Nikki Blankenship

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.