Armed with scrub brushes and water, the Caroline Close Stuart Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution [DAR] set out on June 10 to provide sunshine to some of the patriots buried at the Mt. Zion Cemetery on Hwy. K in O’Fallon.
While marking the grave of Samuel Wells with a wreath last December, several DAR members noticed that many of the older grave markers were covered with grass and dirt. Saddened by the condition of the graves, they brought the matter to the attention of Cornerstone United Methodist Church, which owns the cemetery.
Chapter members said they were unanimously in favor of cleaning up and restoring the final resting place of several Revolutionary soldiers and families buried here. As part of the cleaning project, the members also helped the church survey the grounds for any undocumented burials records for which may have been lost in a church fire.
Boy Scouts from Pack 873 and Troop 873, under the supervision of chapter member Marlana Strasburg and The Nathan Futrell C.A.R. Society, represented by Emma Gunther and under the supervision of Sheila Gunther, also helped with the clean up.
“Cleaning up this cemetery is a small but worthwhile task,” said Preservation Chairman Penny Pitman. “The least we can do is to dignify this sacred ground not only in remembrance and honor of our patriots’ sacrifices but also for the freedom we enjoy today.”
The DAR has plans for more projects in the coming months. To learn more, contact Helene Reece, regent at (636) 284-7535.