Patriot Burials Marker Program

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

The purpose of the Patriot Burials historic marker program is to allow Empire State Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (ESSSAR) chapters to apply for historic markers for cemeteries where Revolutionary War patriots are buried. Chapters are invited to apply directly rather than through historical societies or municipalities.

Patriot Burial markers are fully funded and include the marker, 7’ pole and shipping costs.

Apply for Grant


To qualify, the ESSSAR Chapter must apply on our website and use the New York State historic marker grant schedule as determined by the cemetery’s location.

Guidelines for ESSSAR Chapters 

  • Proof of patriot burials where the marker is being installed using primary sources and all patriots in the cemetery must be recognized
  • Text on the marker must adhere to ESSSAR and Pomeroy Foundation standards and guidelines
  • Must obtain all necessary permissions to install the marker
  • Make arrangements to have it installed

Grant Application Deadline

Applications are accepted annually based on APHNYS region within New York State. Please see our Regional Grant Schedule page for details.

Application Procedure

LOIs (Letter of Intent) and applications are only accepted online. To create an account to initiate the LOI/application process, please click the following button.

Apply 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


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