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ELIZABETHTOWN — The North Carolina Society, Sons of the American Revolution and the Battle of Elizabethtown Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution will co-host a grave-marking ceremony honoring Revolutionary War veteran Josiah Hendon at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church, located at 800 W. Broad St.

Hendon was a private in the N.C. Militia and later a captain in the Bladen County Regiment. He was present at the Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge, which was the first large engagement of the Revolutionary War in North Carolina.

“The ceremony will feature a presentation of colors by the NCSSAR State Color Guard,” said Paul Walden, a member of the SAR from Alexandria, Va., and a descendant of Josiah Hendon. “Many of our SAR participants will be dressed in Revolutionary War period uniforms to deliver our respect and remembrance to this brave Patriot.”

Many of today’s Bladen residents are descendants of either Josiah Hendon or of the many other Patriots from early Bladen County who fought to give us our country. In honoring Josiah Hendon, we honor all of those men and women who became America’s first veterans. The public is invited to see this colorful and dignified tribute to Josiah Hendon and to all of the other Patriots of the American Revolution.

About The Sons of the American Revolution

The Sons of the American Revolution is the leading male lineage society that perpetuates the ideals of the war for independence. We seek to maintain and expand the meaning of patriotism, respect for our national symbols, the value of American citizenship and the unifying force of “e pluribus Unum” that was created from the people of many nations—one nation and one people.

For information, contact Guy Higgins at 252-327-7752.

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