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The unveiling of the marker
GLEN CARBON — Revolutionary War battle flags lining both sides of the driveway of the Nix/Judy Pioneer Cemetery were blowing in the breeze Sunday, Sept. 21, as the Gen. George Rogers Clark Chapter, Illinois Society Sons of the American Revolution, dedicated a large cast-aluminum plaque at the cemetery entrance.
The two-sided plaque contains a short biography of six Revolutionary War patriots and recognizes their part in establishing the nation’s freedom. The six are William Biggs, John Nix, Isham Randle, Richard Randle, Henry Thornhill and Josias Wright.
State SAR President Thomas Ashby helped unveil the plaque. He said the marker program “is being done so that Glen Carbon and other communities with Revolutionary War patriots interred near them might know of the sacrifices and service of these heroes. We take pride that these founding fathers of our country brought their families to Glen Carbon to help perpetuate the American ideal.”
“We dedicate this monument to those brave heroes, recognizing their marvelous contributions to creating the United States of America as a gift to the citizens of Glen Carbon, who are honored by these patriots’ eternal presence,” he said.
Father Nicholas Finley, himself a veteran, praised the SAR for all they do in remembering those who served.
Members of the chapter provided the color guard and six of them read the patriots’ biographies. Granite City resident Don Bradford sang “God Bless America.”
GGRC Chapter President Jim DeGroff thanked Steve Ellsworth State Farm Insurance, Cassens Auto Sales, the Edwardsville Rotary and Boilermakers Union Local 482 for their donations. Additional funding for the purchase of the plaque was provided by the National and State SAR Societies. The village of Glen Carbon helped clear the site for the marker.
For information about the Sons of the American Revolution, contact DeGroff at (618) 667-8660.