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John Eager Howard Chapter Holds its Annual Ceremony 2009.
The Col. John Eager Howard Chapter MDSSAR held its Annual ceremony on June 7th honoring Col. John E. Howard, Signer Samuel Chase, Private Daniel Bowley, and Lt. Griffith Evans. Members of the Maryland Color Guard participated in this Annual Old St. Paul's Cemetery Memorial to these 4 Patriots buried in the historic cemetery. The event focuses on the more famous Col. Howard who was a friend of Washington, active political figure in Maryland, Chapter namesake, and who has multiple streets named in his honor in Baltimore and the great Signer of the Declaration of Independence and former Justice Samuel Chase. In addition, two lesser known military men are also honored showing the wide range of citizens that helped this great nation during the Revolution. From the Privates to the Colonels, from the common man to the lofty politicians, all contributed to the founding of our nation.
President Jean S. Fugett Sr opened the ceremony by introducing the honored guests including our State President David Hoover and the members of the Color Guard. Eulogies were read at each grave and then a musket firing was given by the Color Guard. President Jean Fugett spoke at the graves of Chase and Howard on behalf of the SAR acknowledging their great and lasting contributions to the American cause. Guy Almony, Vice President of the Thomas Johnson Children of the American Revolution, spoke at the grave of Daniel Bowley. M. Isabelle Obert, Regent of the Commodore Joshua Barney-John Eager Howard Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, spoke at the grave of Griffith Evans. Following the ceremonies, refreshments were served. Members of the Color Guard participating were William Smithson, Louis Raborg, David Hoover, David Embrey, Robert Ayres, and Robert Lyons.
You can view more photos from the event in the Photo Gallery.