22 May 2021 Richmond, VA
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This Saturday the Virginia SAR dedicated a Monument to the patriots of the American Revolution buried at historic Shockoe Hill Cemetery.. This Monument was originally intended to be dedicated during the 2020 NSSAR Congress in Richmond. That dedication was cancelled along with the Congress, but the Monument was dedicated this weekend as one of President Jeff Thomas' initiatives. The Richmond Chapter was the host, Richmond Chapter President Bill Haskins was the master of ceremonies, and Virginia SAR President Jeff Thomas led the Dedication Ceremony with George Washington Chapter Vice President Richard Rankin acting as chaplain.
Joining the Virginia SAR were Virginia C.A.R. President Sara Cox, Virginia C.A.R. Senior President Stacey Wajciechowski, Virginia OFPA Governor Mike Weyler, and French SAR Representative Pat Kelly. Thirteen chapter participated and were joined by two DAR Chapters and two C.A.R. Societies.
Virginia SAR Color Guard Commander Ken Bonner led the Color Guard that raised the US Flag on the flagpole that is part of the Monument and also commanded the eleven muskets that fired a three volley salute as the covers were removed from the Monument. Dale Corey plaid "To the Colors" on his bugle as Old Glory was raised on the flagpole and also led all present in singing "America the Beautiful" after the musket salute. The Monument currently has te names of twenty patriots engraved upon it, but with room to add more as they are verified, which will certainly occur. Five of the names were given special attention to count for patriot grave markings.
Five Patriots Identified for Grave Marking
The names of the five so honored were called out, a bell was rung, and their biography was read.
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