Dutch Veterans

The dictionary defines a hero as someone who surrenders something dear out of principle. That something could be as intrinsic as life and property, or as pragmatic as career and respect. And the sacrifice must always be courageous and for the greater good.

Our Low Dutchmen qualify

The ceremonies for each of the 35 Revolutionary War veterans we honored (2007, 2009 and 2011) at the Old Mud Meetinghouse were sponsored by the Dutch Cousins in Kentucky group, and the roses were provided by Ellis Florist and Gifts in Harrodsburg, KY. Jerry L Sampson and the Harrodsburg Historical Society assisted, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) were represented. @Rev. Forrest Chilton and the Sons of the American Revolution - Kentucky Society, Simon Kenton Chapter (SAR) of Kentucky came in period dress to preside, local Boy Scouts of America performed the flag ceremony. Many people were involved.

A descendant or designee for each veteran provided money for each SAR markers and paid for setting them, usually around $300 each, applied for the VA gravestones, paid for having them set.

Then each descendant prepared and presented a memorial obituary with a summary of their ancestor's military service. If we couldn't find a descendant, another "cousin" adopted them. Quite a deal.

Our famous cousin, forever Miss America Heather French Henry sang God Bless America (and of course Our Old Kentucky Home). The Veterans Admin refused to provide markers for the eight veterans we honored in 2011 so the descendants purchased stones from a private vendor.

Hope the tradition continues. Proud of this accomplishment, proud of each of our ancestors, - and proud of helping restore the Old Mud Meetinghouse!

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Click on the photo above to see photos of the 2007 memorial service.