BUCKSPORT — Two Revolutionary War soldiers will be honored on Saturday, May 14, by Ramassoc Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. The public is invited to attend the ceremony at 1 p.m. at Arey Community Center on River Road when the chapter dedicates two new gravestones in memory of Benjamin Gross of Bucksport and Charles Hutchings of Penobscot.
“It is with great honor that the Ramassoc Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will be able to have present for the marking and as the speaker Congressman Michael Michaud, relating the importance of the soldier in all wars from American Independence to the present day,” chapter officials said.
Maine State Organization DAR Regent Virginia Spiller will be on hand to set the stage of what it was like to live in 1775. State Sen. Richard Rosen, District 31; and state Rep. Kim Rosen, District 40, will be present from Bucksport.
The headstone of Charles Hutchings of Penobscot had been removed for restoration and never returned many years ago. The headstone of Benjamin Gross of Bucksport was more than half broken off and could not be repaired.
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs has a program that replaces stones or gives headstones for all military service men and women free of charge. These are two of those headstones.
Tours of Gross’ grave site at Riverview Cemetery in Bucksport will be held afterward. Gross crossed the Delaware with George Washington, was held as a prisoner of war and also confronted the British during the War of 1812.
The burial site for Charles Hutchings is unknown, so his new stone will be placed in Penobscot next to that of his son William, the last living Revolutionary War veteran in New England when he died at age 102.
Honorary State Regent Donna Hoffmann will be mistress of ceremonies. Ramassoc Chapter Regent Kerry Zimmerman will introduce the speakers, and Chapter Chaplain Jeannine Buckminster will conduct the memorial service.
The Sons of the American Revolution will be present with a Military Color Guard of 1776.
Guided tours of the Bucksport cemetery after the program will be conducted by Emeric Spooner, author of the book “Maine Gravestones and Flags: Honoring Our Heroes.”
All relatives of the Revolutionary War veterans and the public are welcome to attend. For further information, contact Donna Hoffmann at 469-2916.