The Elias Cady Society, Children of the American Revolution (CAR), held a “Day of Service” in Holly on Sunday, April 3 for two hours at Oakhill Cemetery where Elias Cady is buried.
Elias Cady Society, CAR cleaned headstones, raked leaves and collected sticks from the Cady family headstone area. Attendees included six members, four guests, and four Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) from Oakland and Genesee County. DAR chapters represented included Flint-area Genesee Chapter, Clarkston’s Sashabaw Plains Chapter, and Waterford’s Lydia Barnes Potter Chapter.
Elias Cady, a Revolutionary War veteran, was born in Providence, Rhode Island on September 7, 1756. He died March 31, 1853 and is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Holly.
The main idea of Service Day is to celebrate the Founders Day of the National Society of the Children of the American Revolution on April 5, 1895. The National Society is the oldest youth organization in the United States of America.
Linda Royse, Senior President of the Elias Cady Society, said, “We wanted to honor our Revolutionary War veteran, Elias Cady, and his family buried in Oakhill Cemetery. The kids had fun helping each other out and learning or teaching a new skill to our members.
The Cady family stone had not been cleaned for a long time. Royse said they also placed a new marker on the tombstone of Elias Cady from Daughters of the American Revolution, as he is an approved patriot.
The National Society of the Children of the American Revolution, founded in 1895, is our nation’s oldest patriotic youth organization. Membership is open to descendants of Patriots of the American Revolution. If you want to learn more about the Elias Cady Society, CAR, find them on Facebook or visit nscar.org or carmichigan.org. Royse can be reached at [email protected] or (248) 403-3106.