Patriot Burials Marker Program

This special historic marker series commemorates patriot burials. It is an opportunity to recognize those who fought in or were involved with the struggle for American independence.

The Patriot Burials Marker Grant Program provides Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) chapters with the opportunity to apply for historic markers to be placed in locations where Revolutionary War Patriots are buried. We are presently accepting applications from the following SAR chapters, with more on the horizon:

  • Empire State of Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (New York State)
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Grant Eligibility

Patriot Burial marker grants are available to SAR chapters who have a signed agreement with the Pomeroy Foundation. All state chapters must apply through our online application portal, accessible via the “Apply” button on this page.


Standards & Guidelines

The following standards and guidelines are intended to ensure the accuracy and uniformity of the text placed on Patriot Burials historic markers. The Pomeroy Foundation will have the final decision on the appropriateness of any text placed on a marker.

  • The markers are to be dedicated to Patriots of the Revolutionary War as defined by the accepted standards of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.
  • The name of the cemetery or burial site must be determined and appear on the marker.
  • The applicant must obtain necessary written permission from the property owner where the marker is to be installed.
  • The applicant must provide primary sources to document both the Patriot’s Revolutionary War service and burial. SAR and DAR application forms are not acceptable proof of service. Acceptable proof of service includes, but is not limited to pension records, muster rosters, military bound land records, official state government-compiled records (i.e. Massachusetts Soldiers; Sailors in the War of the Revolution). Acceptable proof of burial includes, but is not limited to records of the entity that owns the cemetery and photos of original headstones placed at the time of burial. Replacement headstones and memorial plaques are not proof of burial.
  • All known Patriots in the cemetery or burial site must be recognized. A single Patriot must not be identified for commemoration while ignoring additional Patriots buried at the same grounds. The applicant must conduct a good faith effort to identify any and all Patriots. Proof of this good faith effort will be required.
  • If the number of Patriots is minimal, an effort will be made to include their name(s) on the marker. If there is sufficient room, the rank of the Patriot(s) will be included. Otherwise, only the number of Patriots will be indicated.
  • Additional text describing the Patriot’s post-war activities will only be included if room is available after the above guidelines are met.
  • Markers will only be placed in cemeteries or sites where similar signage indicating Patriot burials does not already exist.

Applications will only be accepted for markers commemorating a cemetery or burial site that is either publicly accessible without having to cross private property or is visible from the site where the marker is installed.
 
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Marker Design and Text Guidelines

Patriot Burial markers are blue with yellow raised lettering and border. The top of each marker has its state’s SAR chapter logo. Markers are 32” x 18” cast aluminum with a 7’ aluminum pole.

The title of the marker must state “Patriot Burials”. The five body lines can each have up to 27 characters. Please note spaces and punctuation count as characters. Either the exact date of the earliest burial or burials as early as (the year) needs to appear as part of the text.

There is a required credit line at the bottom of the marker which is always included.


Grant Application Deadline

2022 Important Dates

Round One
  • 02/21/22 – Letter of Intent (LOI) becomes available online
  • 03/21/22 – Deadline to submit LOI
  • 04/25/22 – Application deadline
  • June 2022 – Grants awarded
Round Two
  • 09/21/22 – Letter of Intent (LOI) becomes available online
  • 10/19/22 – Deadline to submit LOI
  • 11/23/22 – Application deadline
  • February 2023 – Grants awarded

 


Historical Accuracy

The applying chapter must provide primary sources to document both the Patriot(s) Revolutionary War service and subsequent burial in the cemetery. Acceptable proof of service includes pension records, muster rosters, military bounty land records, and official state government-compiled records, such as Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution. Acceptable proof of burial includes records of the organization or agency that owns the cemetery, as well as photos of original headstones placed at the time of burial.


Application Procedure

LOIs (Letter of Intent) and applications are only accepted online.

The LOI allows Foundation staff to assist applicants early in the process to determine if additional primary sources are required and if the proposed marker text fits Foundation criteria. Once the LOI is submitted online, a response is sent by email within approximately one week.

LOIs must include the following:

  • list of primary sources
  • proposed inscription for marker

Applications must include the following:

  • proposed installation location in specific detail (including GPS coordinates)
  • a brief description and historical significance of what is being commemorated
  • proposed inscription for marker
  • an IRS Determination Letter [for 501(c)(3) organizations only]
  • a letter from the landowner granting permission for the marker to be installed
  • primary source documents verifying proposed inscription

Questions?

Contact Christy at info@wgpfoundation.org or 315-913-4060, Monday – Friday between 8:15 am and 5:00 pm (EST).