The Daughters of the American Revolution gathered for commemorative service and luncheon Saturday afternoon at the American Legion in Zanesville.
The Maple Hill Chapter of the NSDAR out of Huntsville, Alabama as well as the Muskingum Chapter from Zanesville commemorated the life and service of revolutionary war soldier John Melick.
"Our primary purpose is to promote historic preservation education and patriotism," said Regent of the Maple Hill Chapter, Janet Deaton, "we are more than a genealogical society...I organized the ceremony, and worked with the chapter here in Zanesville. It was a wonderful working relationship. We really were very honored to be able to do that. Since we had decedents in both cities, we felt like it would be good to work together. "
Melick passed over 180 years ago, but his patriotism and memory live on through generations. There were three Daughters of the American Revolution within the Maple Hill and Zanesville chapters who have traced their lineage back to Melick. Two members from the Muskingum Chapter, Mrs. Mcmillan and Mrs. Kopchak, and one descendant from Huntsville, Mrs. Philippart.
" It's really exciting to me to first of all find his grave and to honor him for his service, and he did give a lot of service to this country," said Mrs. Janice McMillan, Parlimentarian NSDAR Muskingum.
"Today's ceremony was emotional. I put myself in that time period, 1776 through 1778 and I tried to give a little bit of history of one of the battles that John Melick was involved in, which was the battle of Monmouth," stated Mrs. Lisa Philippart, Member NSDAR Maple Hill. "He was a wagoner which i though was interesting. so he transported supplies.I think people don't understand a lot about what he had to do to serve. And he chose to serve several times over the course of the Revolution."
Melick is honored at the Old Bethel Cemetery in Perry County. The Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 and chartered by an Act of Congress in 1896. There are currently 170,000 members around the world and 3,000 chapters of women who have traced their linage back to men and women who served during the American Revolution.