The Lucasville Cemetery (Lucasville, Ohio) was the site of a historical ceremony honoring the War of 1812 military service of John Lucas.
A nice crowd of local residents gathered around the grave site of Lucas while the Scioto Valley Volunteers (SVV) Chapter, United States Daughters of the War of 1812, Ohio Society, held an official 1812 Society Grave Marking Ceremony on Saturday, June 22. Captain Lucas’ grave was marked with an iron War of 1812 stake more than 200 years following his service. The ceremony, held in collaboration with Lucasville’s Bicentennial events, began with welcoming remarks by SVV Chapter President Gail Swick.
SVV Chaplain Naomi Shewman gave the Invocation with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Marilyn Schomburg, Chapter member. Followed by the “National Anthem,” sung by Shewman, words of tribute were presented by 1812 Commodore Bryan K. Davis. A fair amount of family history in the life of John Lucas, and his volunteer service during the War of 1812, were eloquently shared by Davis. In asking if there were any relatives descending from the Lucas family present, Beverly (Schultz) Kelly of Minford, OH, identified herself.
Laying of the flowers (courtesy of the Flower Shoppe in Lucasville) was made by SVV Corresponding Secretary Vicki Turner. Proclamations received from Congressman Bill Johnson, and from the Ohio State Senate, Larry Obhof, President, and Joe Uecker, 14th Senatorial District, were presented on their behalf by Beth Normand, SVV Chapter PR Chairman, to SVV President Swick.
Closing remarks were made by President Swick and followed by the Benediction given by Chaplain Shewman. The presentation of colors, salute and TAPS, were offered by the American Legion, William A. Baker Post 363, Honor Guard.