SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Close to 100 people gathered at Battle Field Memorial Park early Tuesday morning to take part in the Coastal Heritage Society Commemorative March.
The commemorative march and ceremony was to honor those that lost their lives in the battle of Savannah, one of the bloodiest of the American Revolution. There are around 800 stones at Battle Field Memorial Park and each represent those that lost their lives in the American Revolution. Eight new stones were dedicated Tuesday, including several of which honored three Georgia men that signed the Declaration of Independence.
Families and national societies, including the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Sons of the American Revolution, placed wreaths in honor of those that lost their lives. For many in attendance, this ceremony is always very personal.
"It was a moving experience. I am a descendant of a patriot of the American Revolution that served in Louisiana. He was in artillery so as we were walking to the battle field and hearing the cannons, it gave me a sense of what it must have been like for those brave men that walked into battle," says Michael Henderson, the president of the Button Gwinnett Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.
He also had a simple message for those that died during the conflict. "I would say thank you. Both the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Sons of the American Revolution, we are today the living memorial of those brave men and women that lost their lives in those conflicts," said Henderson.
Coastal Heritage Society holds this march every year and hopes that as we move forward we don't forget the past.
For more on the Coastal Heritage Society, visit http://www.chsgeorgia.org/.