27 Apr 2019 Syria, VA
Leamon Duncan fills the urn, held by Tom Hamill, with Virginia Soil. The Color Guard, left to right: Commander Paul Chase, Jim O'Kelley, Bill Schwetke, Charles Jameson, Craig Truskey, and Michael Dennis. The Flags carried by the Color Guard incuded the 3rd Detachment Flag under which the Virginians fought at Waxhaws
In a brief ceremony before the Seven Chapter Meeting at Graves Mountain Lodge today, Virginia soil was gathered in an urn, blessed by Father Henry Minich, and entrusted to Virginia SAR President Peter Davenport, who will transport it to a ceremony at the Waxhaws Battlefield in four weeks. There President Davenport will spread the Blessed Virginia Soil on the mass grave of Virginia soldiers killed there on May 29, 1780.