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Commemoration of the Signing of the Halifax Resolves
April 12, 1776, Halifax,
North Carolina
Grave Marking Ceremony for the
Honorable John Sitgreaves, Revolutionary War Patriot

It was a windy, wet and cold day in Halifax, North Carolina for the commemorative ceremonies. Participants took shelter in the Historic Halifax Visitors' Center where they watched a film on the history of the event they were about to remember.

Larry talks with DAR's waiting at the visitor's center

Clark Wiser and Trudie Hall waiting.

Trice Taylor and Larry McKinley deliver wreath to the assembly area.

Grady Hall, NC State President, with wreath

Recipe for Pound cake displayed in the Halifax museum. No wonder the colonists didn't live long lives.

Participants walked through an ancient orchard to reach the site of the Old Courthouse.

Ron Horton, SC, poses with an ancient tree in Halifax.

Three states of the South Atlantic District were represented in the color guard by Frank Horton, Larry Guzy and Rob Horton, followed by Grady Hall.

Sara and David Koontz with Karen and Sam Powell, awaiting the ceremonies.

The tent was a welcome reprieve from the misty rain.

Steve Avent, President of the Halifax Resolves Chapter, led the activities.

South Atlantic District Vice Present General, Larry Guzy, brought greetings from the National Society.

North Carolina State Society President, Grady Hall, greeted the crowd. Dr. David Ballew, Assistant Professor of History, Chowan College, made remarks on the Halifax Resolves. 

Click here to read his remarks.

The group moved to the site of the Old Courthouse for the presentation of wreaths.

Grady Hall, North Carolina

James McCafferty, Maryland



Roderick Williams, Halifax Resolves Chapter Vice president

Lawrence McKinley, Virginia

Sam Powell, North Carolina

Trudie Hall, Elizabeth Maxwell Steele Chapter, DAR

The text of the Resolves was read aloud by the Editor of the Halifax Crier

To read it yourself, go to the Halifax Resolves Chapter Site

After wreath laying, the group moved to the site of Patriot John Sitgreaves for a grave marking ceremony, followed by a musket firing by James McCafferty.

More information about this patriot.

graveside ceremonies




grave stone

SARs gathered

James McCafferty