• Patricia C Leonard on 2011-Apr-01 08:36:57 Patricia C Leonard said

    The grave-marking ceremony took place last weekend, with many direct descendants of John Alderman Sr., who fought in the American Revolution, in attendance. Back in the late 1960s, the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), marked his gravestone to honor his service in the war. Last weekend’s ceremony was held by the N.C. Society Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). The Alderman Historical Association, represented by president H. Sidney Bland III, who is a direct descendant of Alderman, was on hand to welcome the crowd gathered as the SAR color guard presented the colors. After placing flags behind the gravesite, they marched back to stand at attention for most of the remaining ceremony.Pansy Alderman Elliot, a direct ancestor of Alderman Sr., laid a wreath by the Colonial Dames XVII Century. The Colonial Dames is an organization that can prove their direct lineage to an ancestor that lived and served the colonies prior to 1701. Susan Corliss-Bland laid the DAR wreath presented by the Edenton Tea Party Chapter. Honors were also paid by the John Ashe Chapter of CAR with Christa Bland, Rachel Bland (both direct descendants) and Cline each laid a single rose on the grave. It was the first time a CAR chapter in North Carolina participated in a grave marking service.

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