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Fall 2018

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FALL 2018 31 Aaron Sr. built the church, along with William Kerr and Rev. Tennent. After careful examination of the headstones and meandering around the cemetery, following what the book described, Tisch found that the original path from Witherspoon Street was covered with new headstones with more recent dates. (Naptons, Strykers, Jacob Lane, Aaron Mattison. So now I found the original path, and it led me right to Patriot Aaron's grave. Yeah! Now to convince the VA to place a new headstone. Hmm, not so easy. The first attempt resulted in failure.) "It wasn't until I presented my evidence to Pastor David Davis of the Nassau Presbyterian Church, who cares for and currently owns the cemetery, that he wrote a letter saying Aaron was buried there," Tisch said. "The VA still did not yield. After back-and-forth communications of emails and a plea that this great Patriot had to be recognized for his service, the VA yielded and issued a headstone." Now for the icing on the cake: the dedication. New Jersey SAR President Robert Meyers mustered our compatriots, and Tisch brought Aaron's family. The assembly sang the national anthem and recited the Pledge of Allegiance at the MacLean House at Princeton University for Aaron, who was steward of Nassau Hall from 1775 to 1783 while also serving. That is where Congress and our government proceedings were held at the time. "I know he must have been friends with Gen. Washington for they were only separated by nine years of age, plus Aaron was a quartermaster and a little bit older," Tisch said. "He had all the goodies." New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy issued a proclamation and awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for Aaron, and Princeton Mayor Liz Lampert declared June 18 Aaron Mattison Day. The group marched to the cemetery while Tisch played "Scotland the Brave" on his bagpipes. Thanks to SAR for its mentorship and unyielding commitments to our Patriots. NEW MEXICO SOCIETY Gadsden Chapter On June 16, the Gadsden Chapter, Las Cruces, N.M., awarded the Martha Washington Medal and Certificate to Donna T. Curtiss of Las Cruces in grateful recognition of her outstanding service to the SAR. Her tireless support has helped recognize and support our Veterans, Eagle Scouts, ROTC and JROTC cadets and students in the Las Cruces Public School System. Curtiss was honored at the joint SAR/DAR meeting at Sonoma Ranch near Las Cruces. Chapter President David Curtiss presented Michael Cook, staff writer, an NSSAR Certificate of Appreciation and a Relic Wood George Washington box for his avid support of the chapter, with published articles in the Las Cruces Bulletin. EMPIRE STATE SOCIETY (NEW YORK) Rochester Chapter The Rochester Chapter participated in three Memorial Days parades during the Memorial Day week: the Town of Henrietta, N.Y. Memorial Day Parade on May 20; the Village of Waterloo, N.Y. Memorial Day Parade on May 26; and The Town of Conesus, N.Y. Memorial Day Parade on May 28. Waterloo, N.Y. held the first formal annual observance honoring the war dead in 1866 and is credited as the birthplace of Memorial Day. On June 9, members of the Rochester Chapter were at the Photographer's Dream Day Event at the Mount Morris Dam, Mount Morris, N.Y. Members of the Rochester Chapter also participated in the annual July 4 Parade in Canandaigua, N.Y. Thousand Islands Chapter Chapter President Bruce Coyne recently participated with a Jefferson County elementary school class in bringing local history to life. President Coyne worked with Ann Fillhart, a sixth-grade teacher at H.T. Wiley Intermediate From left: James Brancato, Robert Coomber, Gary Fague, William Brewer, Michael Tunison and Robert Fuller of the Rochester Chapter. [Photo courtesy of Rich Engelbrecht of Mr. E Photography]

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