Portraits of Capt. Benjamin Godfrey and Rebecca Godfrey hang side by side in the Benjamin Godfrey Mansion.
GODFREY — The Kaskaskia Chapter United States Daughters of 1812 is planning a ceremony to honor War of 1812 veteran Benjamin Godfrey, who is buried in the Godfrey Cemetery.
The ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11. Other groups participating are the Illinois Society of the War of 1812, Ninian Edwards Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Benjamin Godfrey Legacy Trail Committee and the village of Godfrey. Godfrey Mayor Michael J. McCormick will speak at the event. Many of the participating patriotic groups will appear in period dress.
Parking for the graveside event will be available on the lot of Bowers Towing Service at 6204 Godfrey Road; it is a short walk from the lot to Benjamin Godfrey’s gravesite. There is an access road to the cemetery behind Bowers Towing and an access road off Mulberry Street behind the Godfrey Congregational Church.
After the graveside event, there will be a reception in the Fellowship Hall of the Godfrey Congregational Church, 6104 Godfrey Road. Benjamin Godfrey helped establish the church in 1839. Punch and cookies will be served. All are welcome. Parking will be available in the church’s parking lot for the ceremony and the reception.
Following the reception, the Kaskaskia Chapter United States Daughters of 1812 will hold a meeting at the Godfrey Congregational Church.
A memorial marker will be placed on the grave of Benjamin Godfrey. If friends or members of the veteran’s family wish to make a donation to the Kaskaskia Chapter United States Daughters of 1812 to help defray the cost of the marker, such donations would be gladly accepted.
The GPS coordinates for Godfrey Cemetery are: N 38.9569˚ W 90.1918˚. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs.