New Grave Markers Honor War Veterans

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Many Americans are descendants of war veterans….today some local heroes from long ago were honored.

Jacob Storts and Daniel Stotts,who served in the War of 1812 and the son, also named Jacob, who served in the Civil War were honored at Bear Run Cemetery in New Lexington.

Bronze markers and wreaths were placed on their graves to commemorate their commitment to America.

“By having this ceremony it will prove to other people who come up that Daniel, his brother and his son were really veterans. Before there was nothing, there was just stones and nobody really knew that they had served,” says Larry Holcomb, who is Daniel Stotts great-great grandson.

The three men were also honored with a 21 gun salute and the cannon was fired after each new grave marker was revealed. For the descendants of these men, it was a solemn moment.

“I remember this from just when I was a little child, I can remember coming in here on Memorial Day and decorating these graves. So this is really special to be here today, honoring these soldiers and these families that go back to the beginnings of this country,”says Keith Kaufman with a tear in his eye. Kaufman is the great-great grandson of John Jacob Stort.

Members from the Society of the War of1812, the Sons of the American Revolution and Daughters of the American Revolution also attended. Organizers say today honors not only these veterans, but their sons and daughters who carry on their legacy.

Katie Jeffries