Local DAR clean grave markers

  • The Buntin Rumford Webster DAR members cleaned Revolutionary War veterans’ grave markers at Old Fort Cemetery. Courtesy

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  • Cleaned grave markers reinstalled at Old Fort Cemetery in Concord.

Published: 10/13/2021 9:39:05 AM

On Oct. 8, in anticipation of the commemoration of the founding of the National Organization, Daughters of the American Revolution, on Oct. 11, 1890, ten members and associate members gathered at the Old Fort Cemetery on Shawmut Road in East Concord to clean and reset gravestones.  

Each year, DAR chapters throughout the United States and chapters overseas, gather on the National Day of Service and throughout the month of October to perform service activities in their communities in support of the mission of the DAR to support historic preservation, education and patriotism.

 The Concord Cemetery Department facilitated BRW’s work at the cemetery.  The women wet and cleaned four stones with D-2, a biological solution made for cleaning stones.  Two of the four cleaned stones were American Revolutionary War patriot, Moses Eastman, and his wife, Elizabeth Eastman.  The BRW Chapter has adopted the Old Fort Cemetery and has worked there to preserve the stones since 2015.  The BRW Chapter plants geraniums and other flowers and sets American flags at the graves of veterans in May annually, in anticipation of Memorial Day.  

In addition to the May and October work events, Buntin-Rumford-Webster Chapter participates in Wreaths Across America.  This years’ Wreaths Across America ceremony will take place on Dec. 18 at 10 a.m.  Members of the public are invited to sponsor a wreath to mark one of the 28 Veterans’ graves at the cemetery and to participate in the event.  Contact kas@sternenberglaw.com or cmguerin01@aol.com for more information and a sponsor sheet or sign up the sponsor a wreath at wreathsacrossamerica.org.  The location is NHOFCS and the sponsorship group is NH0019P. These must be used to designate the Old Fort and BRW Chapter as recipients of a sponsored wreath.

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