Pioneer Patriots Day 2017

In SE Iowa’s Lee County, through a small forest a narrow dirt path winds to a clearing at the top of a hill.  It is here in Lost Creek Cemetery that the remains of Revolutionary War Veteran Timothy Brees lie among his peers of centuries past.

Photo by Bill & Lois Hall

Photo by Bill & Lois Hall

On an absolutely beautiful autumn afternoon, members of the Old Fort Madison (Iowa) Color Guard, local members of the American Legion, the State Association for the preservation of Iowa Cemeteries, President of the Society of the War of 1812 in the State of Iowa and local towns people met for the 14th annual Pioneer Patriots Day ceremony on Saturday, September 30, 2017.
Photo by Bill & Lois Hall

Photo by Bill & Lois Hall

From the website of Old Fort Madison

Come step back in time at historic Old Fort Madison, Iowa, the Midwest’s oldest American military garrison on the upper Mississippi River.  Discover what life was like at a United States fur trading post on the rugged frontier of the Missouri Territory. Learn the exciting heritage of Iowa before it was a state and of its involvement in the War of 1812.  This historic installation was home to Captain Horatio Stark’s Company of the First Regiment, United States Infantry, from 1808 to 1813.

Lee County, Iowa, has the most known burials (8) of the 41 documented veterans of the American Revolution Known to be buried in the State of Iowa.

Submitted by Mike Rowley

 

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