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Help needed to place grave markers for Revolutionary War vets in Derry

November 24, 2018

The Derry Area Historical Society needs some helping hands this weekend to install grave markers for local Revolutionary War veterans.

The group’s “Adopt a Revolutionary Hero Activity Day” will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Old Salem Community Church along Route 982, 3 miles north of New Derry, society President William Snyder II said.

The event is open to the public. Volunteers will install seven permanent granite grave markers at a cemetery near the church.

Once the work is complete, that will make 10 stones that the society has raised money to purchase and install. Each marker costs between $700 and $800, Snyder said.

“We think it’s imperative that we support our first veterans because if we don’t the future will never know anything about them,” Snyder said.

The historical society has been on a mission to remember the 30 veterans of the Revolutionary War who are buried there. The group in 2017 started raising money to have new markers installed on all of the veterans’ graves.

An additional two markers are being funded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The department only provides funding in instances where the current stones are illegible and there is proof of federal service. The new markers are engraved with the soldier’s name and unit with which he served. In some cases, the dates of birth and death are missing.

Donations to the gravestone marker project can be sent to the Derry Area Historical Society, P.O. Box 64, New Derry, PA 15671.

Checks should be made payable to the Derry Area Historical Society.

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