HOLLIDAYSBURG - On Dec. 11, two members representing the Tuckahoe Society of the National Society, Children of the American Revolution, together with the Adam Holliday Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, placed a wreath at the Holliday Burial Ground.
Located on Cedarcrest Drive, across from the Blair Township Municipal Building, the small cemetery is the resting place for the Holliday family, including brothers Adam and William Holliday. The brothers were Revolutionary War Patriots and the founders of Hollidaysburg.
Three of William Holliday's children, Patrick, Adam and Janet, were savagely killed by Indians in August 1781, while they were outside with their father. A memorial was erected in the cemetery by the Blair County Historical Society on June 14, 1917, near where the children died. Tuckahoe Senior Society President Evalyn Antenucci organized the wreath placement ceremony, so that local CAR members could honor the memories of three actual children of a Revolutionary War Patriot. Three of the DAR members in attendance are Holliday descendants.
Taking part in the placement of a wreath on the graves of Revolutionary War children’s graves were (from left): Eric Prendergast, Blair Township supervisor; Cindy Hoover, Holliday descendant and Adam Holliday Chapter member; Aaron Logue, Tuckahoe Society member; Evalyn Antenucci, Tuckahoe Senior Society president and Adam Holliday Chapter registrar; Lynne Hoover, Holliday descendant and Adam Holliday Chapter recording secretary; Janet Hoover, Holliday descendant and Adam Holliday chapter regent; and Lara Jester, Adam Holliday chapter vice regent with daughter Grace, Tuckahoe Society member.
The Tuckahoe Society has 14 members and meets approximately 6 times a year.
CAR is the nation's oldest and largest patriotic youth organization. To be eligible for membership, children under the age of 21 must prove that they are lineally descended from someone who rendered material aid to the cause of American independence as a soldier, sailor, civil officer or recognized Patriot in one of the several Colonies or states or of the United States. CAR was organized "for the training of young people in true patriotism and love of country." The Adam Holliday Chapter of the DAR meets approximately nine times a year at the U.S. Hotel Restaurant and Tavern in Hollidaysburg. Known as the largest women's patriotic organization in the world, the DAR has long promoted patriotism through commemorative celebrations, memorials, scholarships and activities for children and programs for new immigrants. For more information about the Tuckahoe Society of the CAR or the Adam Holliday Chapter of the DAR, call 695-3045.