Patriotic Grave Dedication Ceremony

“The American Revolution was a war fought by individuals, whose sacrifice and dedication secured the existence of this nation. It is regrettably easy for us to take for granted the freedoms we live under without considering who paid the price to secure them” – Jeff Shaara

Deborah Mersiel, Carolyn Hilliard, and Marilyn Schomburg represented the Joseph Spencer Chapter, NSDAR at the Sons of the American Revolution Patriot Grave Dedication Ceremony honoring Lieutenant Colonel John Guthrey held in Piketon, Ohio at Mound Cemetery. Deborah Mersiel, Chaplain recited the invocation.

Colonel David Thompson, President of the Wyoming Society, Sons of the American Revolution, is a descendant of John Guthery. He is retired from the U.S. Air Force and a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom. His 18th Century Colonial attire was quite befitting for the ceremony. His grandmother, Rachel Thompson was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and is buried at Mound Cemetery. Colonel David Thompson traveled from Wyoming to Pike County to preside at the Grave Dedication Ceremony which included the participation of the American Legion Post 142 Honor Guard of Waverly.

John Guthery was born on April 4, 1744, of Scotch-Irish descent. He enlisted as a private at Fort Pitt in May 1776, at 32 years of age. He served in the 8th Pennsylvania Regiment of the Continental Line in the battles of Brandywine and Germantown. He also served his district in the Pennsylvania Militia. He rose with distinction to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. In 1797, John and his family made the journey down the Ohio River, and were early settlers of Piketon, Ohio in the valley of the Scioto River. He died on June 1, 1813. He is buried in Mound Cemetery, Piketon, on his family property.

Our ladies were honored to take part in such a moving and heart-warming dedication ceremony to celebrate the service and life of Lt. Col. John Guthery. The presentation was very enthralling. It was a true patriotic celebration.

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