Mark Anthony Brewer became a member of the Corporal Braxton C. Pollard Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), in an induction ceremony held on April 26 at the First Presbyterian Church in Louisiana. Brewer, a Chicago resident, is the grandson of Louise Sitton, Regent of Pike County Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. The chapter hosted the 1:30 ceremony.
The Rev. Randall Cone told a brief history of the SAR organization and conducted the induction ceremony, presenting Brewer with a certificate of membership. He is a member of the same chapter. Cone also displayed certificates and magazines of SAR.
J. D. Kirtlink, a member of the Fernando de Leyba SAR chapter of St. Charles was also present, along with his wife, Pat. Other guests were members of the Susannah Randolph DAR Chapter of Vandalia and the Hannibal Heritage Chapter DAR.
All enjoyed the program given by Bucky and Cheryl Ward on the Civil War battlefields at Shiloh and Gettysburg.
The Wards have visited many battlefields and gave details about the battles, including the number of soldiers killed. Both were dressed in Civil War costumes and Bucky displayed several items the soldiers would have carried. The commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the war is still being observed by many DAR chapters.
Pike County Chapter member and Honorary State Regent Anne Keller displayed the newly preserved and framed certificate of DAR membership for one of the charter members of the chapter, Elizabeth Dawson Meriwether. The chapter was organized in 1911.
Chapter members served refreshments following the afternoon program.