07 Apr 2018 Russell County, VA
On a cold day, with intermittent snow flurries, about 120 compatriots, DAR members, and guests gathered to honor Robert Vicars, patriot of the revolution, by marking his grave in the Old Vicars Cemetery at Grassy Creek in Russell County. President Pat Kelly represented the Virginia SAR and had made this grave marking one of his presidential initiatives. Also attending were the Virginia SAR 1st & 2nd Vice Presidents and representatives of nine Virginia SAR chapters: Culpeper Minutemen, Fairfax Resolves, Fincastle Resolutions, George Mason, Lt. David Cox, Martin's Station, New River Valley, Overmountain Men, and Thomas Jefferson. The Virginia DAR was represented by Vice Regent Becky Rogers and Historian Holly Lynne Schmidt, as well as representatives of five chapters.
Also attending was past President of the Tennessee SAR, David Johnston, and representatives of five Tennessee SAR chapters. The event was jointly organized and conducted by members of the Virginia and Tennessee SAR.
There were a large number of Robert Vicars' descendants at the ceremony, including Virginia SAR First Lady Jennifer Kelly, and the Master of Ceremonies, Larry Underwood. As part of the ceremony, Robert Corey Vicars, a descendant of Robert Vicars, was inducted into the SAR and the Overmountain Men Chapter by Virginia SAR President Pat Kelly.
After the ceremony their was a reception at the Old Russell County Courthouse, hosted by the Russell County Historical Society.
All participants in the ceremony earned credit toward the SAR Patriot Grave Marking Medal
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