SAR ceremony salutes Revolutionary War heroes
It isn’t often that a contingent of color guard attends a memorial service clothed in 18th century military uniforms and carrying muskets, but that was the case Thursday morning in Mound Cemetery as representatives of the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution gathered from across the state to honor the patriots of the Northwest Territory.
“This is the result of more than a year’s worth of work,” said Steve Frash, president of the Marietta Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). “I am really happy with the turnout. It was very well-attended.”
The memorial service was held by the local Marietta SAR chapter to remember the sacrifice of veterans of the Revolutionary War, 37 of whom are buried in the Mound Cemetery and an additional 300 of which are buried in cemeteries around the area. In his keynote address, Scott Britton, historian for the Marietta SAR chapter, said Marietta is a truly significant place in history because it was founded by veterans of the Revolutionary War.
“Many of these veterans sailed to this area and never left. They were true pioneers and heroes of the Northwest Territory,” said Britton.
Jean Yost read aloud the Patriot Roll for Mound Cemetery and ended by saying the fallen forefathers created not only the first settlement, but set the tone for the country.
“The veterans of the American Revolution upheld the values and political regimes that our country stands on today,” said Yost. “They have helped make this country the greatest country the world has ever seen.”
Tony Durm, Scout master and member of the Marietta chapter SAR, and three Cub Scouts helped pass out programs at the event and carried a memorial wreath during the processional. Durm said patriotism is a large part of what he teaches his Scouts.
“Patriotism is a big part of scouting and is part of everything we do as a troop,” he said. “The SAR ceremony was a wonderful experience for my scouts to learn more about local and state history.”
SAR members wore uniforms to represent their specific chapter of the organization and carried weapons true to the style of the time frame during the presentation of the flags.
“I was happy to help today because it is a neat service to watch with all of the different uniforms,” said Henry McComb, 10, a Cub Scout in Pack 207.
More than 30 watched SAR members present arms and salute wreathes donated to commemorate the soldiers buried in the cemetery.
“It was a very nice service and a really important event for the organizations in the area,” said Anita Guss, member of the Muskingum Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
The Marietta SAR chapter was formed in 2005 and currently has 80 active members with more than 20 youth members. The organization meets at the American Legion Post 64 and promotes programs that perpetuate the people and events of the American Revolution, while promoting patriotism and preserving the ideals of freedom.
“There is so much history that happened in this area,” said Mike Farnsworth, member of the Marietta SAR chapter color guard. “We are happy to be able to help educate the public whenever we can.”