Lighthouse Keeper recognition ceremony April 13, 2019

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On Saturday, April 13, 2019, members of the Chapter returned to Mathews, “Virginia’s lighthouse keeper county”, to honor six Chesapeake Bay lighthouse keepers at rest in four county cemeteries. We dedicated U.S. Lighthouse Service plaques at the graves of Keepers Frank Raymond Lewis, Nelson Stanley Atherton, Levi D. Marchant, Isaac Foster, William James Diggs and Wesley Foster Ripley. Keeper Atherton was also recognized for his Coast Guard duty in the Pacific Theater during WWII. The ceremonies began at 9:30 a.m. at H.C. Smither Cemetery in the Hudgins area of Mathews County. The final ceremony which began at 3:45 p.m. was at the Ripley Family Cemetery on Lighthouse Road, not far from the New Point Comfort Preserve Observation Walkway. In spite of a steady rain for most of the day, we had a very good response with close to two hundred attendees present at the six ceremonies.

Many thanks to members of Flotilla 66, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Milford Haven, for providing the Color Guard with member Tom Edwards serving as bugler. And thank you to Chief Petty Officer Menges and personnel from Station Milford Haven, U. S. Coast Guard, for serving as Honor Guard.

Article in Southside Sentinel

Article in Gazette Journal

Dedication Ceremony

Download here the schedule, directions and Mathews County Attractions.

Any questions, email Tony at programs-keepers@cheslights.org

Download the Grave Marker Program Marker and Ceremony Application here.

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