Organizers of the Illinois Sons of the American Revolution plan to install a historical marker Sunday at an Elk Grove Village cemetery recognizing two Revolutionary War figures buried there.
It's the group's first such historical marker installation and launches a statewide project to post markers at cemeteries where Revolutionary War figures are buried.
The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. at Elk Grove Cemetery, located directly east of Arlington Heights Road and south of the Northwest Tollway.
Representatives of the Sons of the American Revolution, Daughters of the American Revolution, Children of the American Revolution, American Legion, and local governmental officials are expected to attend. The ceremony will also be highlighted by a color guard who will be wearing period uniforms.
The Salt Creek chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution has secured funding for a 2-foot by 3-foot sign that will be placed at the entrance to the Elk Grove Cemetery, where veterans Eli Skinner and Aaron Miner are buried.
"I think what it does is give people more of a sense of the Revolution, what the Revolution is all about, and the human dimensions of what we went through to get our independence," said Franz Herder, past president of the Illinois Sons of the American Revolution and current Salt Creek chapter president.
Later on Sunday, members of the group will participate in a similar marker dedication at a cemetery in Hebron, Ill. Additional marker dedications are planned for this summer in Peoria, Princeville and Glen Carbon, Herder said.