To the Editor:
During the month of July each year the Cumberland Historic Cemetery Organization (CHCO) honors the great heroes and patriots of the American Revolution.
The Cumberland area has several great patriots buried here. Since our beginning in 1983 we have had the privilege to erect several monuments to these great patriots.
During this month we encourage area residents and visitors to visit these grave sites and read the great history engraved upon the monuments. If one cannot visit the graves, they can view the monuments on line at www.chco-online.org.
Just to name a few of these heroes: In 2008 we installed a plaque on the 1801 columns which were the old entrance way to the old Rose Hill Estate, built by Capt. David Lynn.
The plaque is located at the CHCO headquarters, 400 Allegany Street. Capt. Lynn’s grave is located at Rose Hill Cemetery.
Another patriot, Rev. John Butler, also buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, had an information monument installed last year by the CHCO.
In 1995 the CHCO completely restored the Revolutionary War era Lower McLaughlin Cemetery located near Green Spring, W.Va., and at that site we installed a one-ton granite monument to honor Revolutionary War hero Daniel McLaughlin.
There are also many other Revolutionary War soldiers buried throughout the area who do not contain a CHCO seal; however, over the years we also decorate these graves with flowers, wreaths, and the U.S. and Gadsden flags.
In the day and age when many of our young people do not even know their basic history, it is up to parents and grandparents to teach the great legacy and history of our nation to the future generations.
Also we invite the public to view our historic photo and flag display under the grandstand at the Allegany County Fair next week.
Mel Collins, vice president
Cumberland Historic Cemetery