November 26, 2020

DAR Members attend Grave Marking

Mary Lane, Carla Brown, Carolyn Turner standing between the wreaths and the flags.

(Newnan, GA) — Members of the James Stewart Chapter NSDAR attended the Grave Marking Ceremony for three Revolutionary Soldiers on Saturday February 24th at the Historic Oak Hill Cemetery in Newnan, Georgia.

Carla Brown, Mary Lane, and Carolyn Turner placed a wreath by the graves to honor these patriots and Regent Brown represented all the members of the James Stewart DAR Chapter when paid honor during the ceremony.

The General Daniel Newnan Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution and the Marquis de Lafayette Chapter Georgia Society Sons of the American Revolution worked together to mark the graves of Revolutionary soldiers and patriots James Akens, William Smith, and Randal Robinson to honor them for their service to the founding of our nation.

The ceremony included music by piper John Mortison, the presentation of colors by the award winning GSSAR Color Guard, the singing of the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance.

Attendees enjoyed greetings from many special guests and the biographies of these soldiers given by members of the General Daniel Newnan Chapter NSDAR.

Councilman Ray DuBose read a proclamation from the City of Newnan making February 24th James Akens, William Smith, and Randal Robinson Day in Newnan, and there was a formal uncovering and dedication of the markers.

A representative of each participating DAR and SAR chapter, who had placed a wreath beside the graves, paid homage to these patriots.

John Mortison played Amazing Grace, which was followed by Taps played by Chadwick Banks Shurbutt, the retiring of the colors, and a 3-gun-salute.

It was a moving ceremony and all in attendance were pleased to be able to honor American patriots who fought for our independence over 230 years ago.

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