Monday, April 20, 2015

For Patriots' Day: Marking the Graves of the Revolution

Two examples of the markers used to designate graves of Revolutionary War soldiers in Amherst. (Walking through the cemetery today, I noted at least one mistake: a case in which, judging from the age on the tombstone, the person buried there cannot have served in the Revolution.)

Here, one of the old markers, placed by the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), founded 1889, chartered 1906.

The central figure is like a crude facsimile of the famous Daniel Chester French "Minuteman" statue in Concord.

Below, a modern marker (apparently the version in bronze)

I assume it is one of the replacements put up after a shameful series of thefts, in which artless criminals stole the markers and sold them as antiques or for scrap metal.

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