Grave Marking 2017 August in Stratford

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Connecticut SAR/DAR hosted a joint Grave Marking in Stratford on Saturday August 26, 2017

SAR State President Ethan A. Stewart, Sr. (l) and DAR State Regent Alice E. Ridgway (r) hosted a joint grave marking ceremony at the Christ Episcopal Church cemetery for 18 revolutionary war patriots buried there. Mayor John A. Harkins (c) of Stratford read proclamations for the effort put fore by both organizations. Following a speech by Connecticut SAR 1st VP Damien Cregeau on patriot and signer of the U.S. Constitution William Samuel Johnson, a wreath was laid at the head of the new SAR/DAR marker unveiled earlier that day. The Connecticut Line / Living History unit and the 6th Connecticut Regiment did a combined 3 volley musket salute and Connecticut State Troubadour Tom Callinan performed Taps. Following the event, the Episcopal Church provided refreshments in their church hall next door for the crowd of about 150 people present. Please enjoy the program, pictures and videos listed below…

Grave marking program
Grave marking ceremony pictures
Johnson Family Ballad by Tom Callinan video
Speech on the life of William Samuel Johnson – signer of the US Constitution by Damien Cregeau video
Musket salute volley #1 video1
Musket salute volley #2 video2
Musket salute volley #3 video3
Playing of Taps by Tom Callinan video

Gen. David Humphreys Branch – Headstone Restoration Project

Raising the obelisk pictures
Headstone restoration pictures
Removal of tree stump with headstone pictures

With Special Thanks to Columbia University for their very generous donation of $10,000

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