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Fall 2018

The SAR MAGAZINE is the official quarterly publication of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution published quarterly.

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FALL 2018 9 Arizona Grave Marking O n Sunday, Oct. 21, under perfect skies, the Arizona Society of the SAR held its first-ever grave-marking ceremony, in Tubac, Arizona. The ceremony was one of the first to honor a Spanish Revolutionary War Patriot: Alferez (Ensign) Juan Manuel Ortega was a Spanish soldier who served in Tucson and Tubac during the time of the American Revolution. He died in 1817 and is buried under the church at Tubac. The grave-marking ceremony was conducted in coordination with the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park and on parkland contiguous to the church, which the park provided. It started the Anza Family Fun Day celebration, as many people in the area are descendants. Participating in the grave-marking ceremony were President General Warren Alter, AZSSAR State President James Skaggs, CASSAR State President Derek Brown, Tucson Chapter President William Aurand, Kachina Chapter of the C.A.R. President Max Pierce, the AZSSAR Color Guard and the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail Color Guard and its commanders. Representing Spain were Alfredo Molina, the honorary consul of Spain for Arizona; Petra Rodriguez Conde- Nemeth, the president of the Federation of Spanish Associations in the United States; and Maria Teresa Lemos, the president of the Club EspaƱa de Tucson. Representing the family and giving the history of Patriot Ortega was Monica Dunbar Herrera Smith, assisted by her sons, Jeff and Chris Herrera, members of the Tucson Chapter SAR. Also in attendance were Tom Allen, chief of operations for Arizona Parks and Trails, and many members of the SAR and DAR, as well as members of the community. Shannon Stone, executive director of the Tubac Presidio State Park, and Dr. Rudy Byrd acted as masters of ceremony. The blessing and invocation were given by Father Joseph Esson, priest of St. Ann's Church, where Ortega is buried. The honorary Spanish consul spoke dramatically of his personal experience of the dream and promise of America and read a letter to PG Alter from the ambassador of Spain to the United States. PG Alter spoke of the importance of recognizing all of our Revolutionary War Patriots and the contributions made by Spain. He also applauded the participation of the C.A.R. and spoke of the crucial need to include them in our activities wherever possible, as they are our future. Crucial to the planning and actualization of this wonderful event were Stone, President Tom Walsh of the Friends of the Tubac Presidio, and especially the chief of interpretation for Tubac State Park, former Tucson Chapter President Rick Collins, who shepherded the project through to completion.

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