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Plaque honors patriots buried in Christ Church

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The honor guard at the wreath-laying ceremony Saturday at Christ Church.
On Saturday a bronze plaque marking the gravesites of 24 colonial patriots interred in the cemetery of the Mother Church of Christ Church Parish in Middlesex County was presented.

The presentation was made jointly by the Order of the Founders and Patriots of America (OFPA) and the Richard Henry Lee Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR).

The plaque bears the names of the 18 founders (residents of Virginia prior to 1657) and six Revolutionary War patriots.

Arthur Batten, governor of OFPA and president of the Virginia Society of the SAR, presided over a wreath-laying ceremony at the site of the plaque located near the entrance to the cemetery. The actual dedication and unveiling of the plaque was conducted by Myron E. Lyman, president of OFPA, and Robert E. Davis, president of the Richard Henry Lee chapter of the SAR. Father Paul Andersen, representing Christ Church Parish, accepted the plaque on behalf of the church.

Also participating in the wreath laying were National Society of Sons and Daughters of Pilgrims, the Colonel Fielding Lewis and Culpeper Minute Men chapters of the SAR, and the National and Virginia Societies of the Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America.

posted 10.16.2008

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