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Crowd Honors Man Who Fought in American Revolutionary War with New Grave Marker

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Patrick Co., VA-- A southside man who died 165 years ago, has not been forgotten. He was celebrated by many people in Patrick County on Saturday.

The Colonel George Waller Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, held a grave-marking ceremony for a man who fought in the American Revolutionary War.

Dozens of the descendants of Joseph Varner traveled far to honor him.

A crowd of people gathered in Patrick County, on the land that their ancestor once called home.

A crowd of people gathered in Patrick County, on the land that their ancestor once called home.

 "Joseph Varner is my fourth great-grandfather on my maternal side of my family." said Lynn Williams, a descendant Jospeh Varner.

Some even came as far as from Tennessee and Connecticut to pay homage to a man that fought for the country's freedom way back in American Revolution.

Joseph Varner was a 22-year-old farmer when he enlisted in the Continental Army in the early 1780s.

"He served with General Green's army in the South until 1783 and he was with the Virginia Continental Line, the second Virginia regiment, and then at the very end of the war he was transferred to Lee's Legion," said Bob Vogler, President of Colonel George Waller Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.

More than 200 years after his service, Varner's descendants wanted to make sure his dedication to his country was honored and remembered.

"There were only little fieldstones as markers back then," said Viola Skinnell, a descendant of Joseph Varner. "There weren't that many markers and I didn't want it ever bulldozed out."

The Colonel George Waller Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution provided a government grave marker and one of their signature grave markers to show respect for Varner's service.

"It means that people haven't forgotten the sacrifices that our Revolutionary War ancestors made in achieving our freedom,"said Williams.

Delegate Charles Poindexter was the keynote speaker at the ceremony.

The organizers said they plan on doing these grave- marking ceremonies at least once a year for American Revolution veterans.

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