The Patriot Marker Dedication in Saline, Michigan, was a significant event that honored American Revolutionary Patriots in anticipation of the 250th birthday of the United States. Parker Hagle, a 13-year-old and a longstanding member of the Elias Cady Society Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R.), played a central role in the ceremony. She was recently appointed as the 1st Vice President of the Michigan Society Children of the American Revolution.
Parker was invited to speak at the dedication ceremony, which was a combined effort of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) and Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR). The event aimed to recognize the contributions and sacrifices of American Revolutionary Patriots. Parker’s involvement in C.A.R. dates back several years, and she had previously held the position of president of the local Elias Cady Society for three terms.
The Patriot Marker Dedication Ceremony in Saline was sponsored by several DAR and SAR chapters, including the Sarah Caswell Angell Chapter NSDAR, Ypsilanti Chapter NSDAR, and Huron Valley Chapter NSSAR. The ceremony specifically honored 2nd Lt. Archibald Armstrong and 1st Lt. Samuel Waldron with patriot markers.
The event featured the participation of the SAR Color Guard in full uniform. Additionally, the local Elias Cady Society received invitations from both DAR and SAR to participate, representing the Michigan Society C.A.R.
The honorees, 2nd Lt. Archibald Armstrong and 1st Lt. Samuel Waldron, were recognized for their significant contributions during the American Revolutionary War. Archibald Armstrong had served for more than six years, including notable battles like the Battle of Saratoga in 1777 and the Siege of Yorktown in 1781. He had started his military journey as a drummer at just 10 years old and was born in 1765 in New York, ultimately passing away on January 26, 1847, in Pittsfield Township, Washtenaw County, Michigan. He was buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Saline.
First Lt. Samuel Waldron, the other honoree, was engaged in four major military events within 80 miles of his childhood home. He was wounded by a musket ball during battle and was born in 1762 in New Jersey, with his passing occurring in March 1838. Like Archibald Armstrong, Samuel Waldron was also buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Saline.
The Hagle family, who had been strong supporters of the Elias Cady Society since its inception, attended the event to support Parker. Those present to support her included M.S.C.A.R. Senior President Deb Rakoczy, Parker’s mom Nicole Hagle, grandparents Tim and Cindy LeMarbe, and granduncle and aunt Dale and Gina LaCroix. Elias Cady Society Sr. Registrar and M.S.C.A.R. Corresponding Secretary Linda Royse and her husband Rick Royse were also in attendance.
The event was not only a testament to the dedication of these young patriots like Parker but also highlighted the importance of remembering and honoring the sacrifices made by American Revolutionary Patriots. The Elias Cady Society and the broader Children of the American Revolution organization continue to preserve this historical legacy, keeping the spirit of patriotism alive for future generations.
More information on the event and a photo gallery can be found compliments of the Tri County Times at the link below.