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Revolutionary War figures honored at Elk Grove Cemetery

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  • Franz Herder, chairman of the Illinois Society Sons of the American Revolution's Cemetery Marker Program, speaks during a ceremony Sunday dedicating historical markers for two Revolutionary War figures buried at Elk Grove Cemetery.

       Franz Herder, chairman of the Illinois Society Sons of the American Revolution's Cemetery Marker Program, speaks during a ceremony Sunday dedicating historical markers for two Revolutionary War figures buried at Elk Grove Cemetery.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Dave Ashbrook, chaplain of the Illinois Society Sons of the American Revolution, delivers the benediction Sunday during a ceremony dedicating historical markers for two Revolutionary War figures buried at Elk Grove Cemetery.

       Dave Ashbrook, chaplain of the Illinois Society Sons of the American Revolution, delivers the benediction Sunday during a ceremony dedicating historical markers for two Revolutionary War figures buried at Elk Grove Cemetery.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • The Illinois Society Sons of the American Revolution installed historical markers Sunday at Elk Grove Cemetery, recognizing two Revolutionary War figures buried there. Above, Franz Herder observes the gravesite of Revolutionary War patriot Aaron Miner.

       The Illinois Society Sons of the American Revolution installed historical markers Sunday at Elk Grove Cemetery, recognizing two Revolutionary War figures buried there. Above, Franz Herder observes the gravesite of Revolutionary War patriot Aaron Miner.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • The Illinois Society Sons of the American Revolution installed historical markers Sunday at Elk Grove Cemetery, recognizing two Revolutionary War figures buried there. Above is the gravesite of Eli Skinner.

       The Illinois Society Sons of the American Revolution installed historical markers Sunday at Elk Grove Cemetery, recognizing two Revolutionary War figures buried there. Above is the gravesite of Eli Skinner.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • The Illinois Society Sons of the American Revolution installed historical markers Sunday at Elk Grove Cemetery, recognizing two Revolutionary War figures buried there.

       The Illinois Society Sons of the American Revolution installed historical markers Sunday at Elk Grove Cemetery, recognizing two Revolutionary War figures buried there.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Video: Revolutionary War markers

 
 

Since it formed in 1889, the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution has been on a mission to locate, record, and identify with a special bronze marker the grave sites of brave men and women who battled for independence during the Revolutionary War.

That mission brought members of the society to Elk Grove Cemetery on Sunday, where they dedicated markers to two Revolutionary war figures, Aaron Miner and Eli Skinner, who are buried there.

"This all started when my wife and I went up to Wisconsin a couple years ago to see a program put on by the Wisconsin SAR," said Franz Herder, chairman of the Illinois Society Sons of the American Revolution Cemetery Marker Program. "We went away realizing that this is something important to take to the state of Illinois."

It's a big undertaking for Herder who's hoping to place markers at the gravesite of every Revolutionary War soldiers buried in the state.

About 45 people, including active duty military, ILSSAR members, American Legion Post 708 members and the public, attended the hourlong program.

The markers are the first dedicated by the group in Illinois. The cemetery is located on the east side of Arlington Heights Road at Cemetery Lane, just south of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway in Elk Grove Village.

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