HERE LIES BURIED
SIGNER OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
GOVERNOR OF THIS COMMONWEALTH
A LEADER OF MEN AND AN ARDENT PATRIOT
BORN 1722 • DIED 1803
MASSACHUSETTS SOCIETY • SONS OF THE REVOLUTION
I have always loved the phrase "ardent patriot" on this grave. My great (x7 or so) grandfather fought against tyranny and changed the course of history. His signature graces a document so revered by this country that it is displayed only while encased within titanium and aluminum, and surrounded by argon gas for preservation.
I suppose my lineage makes me eligible to be one of the Daughters of the American Revolution, but I don't know if I can prove my ancestry well enough to join, nor am I really interested in monthly meetings of any sort.
Twisted Fate Photography's current photo challenge is "Heroes," and I thought that good old Sam certainly fit the bill. He hasn't done much lately, but he did enough by 1803 to take care of several lifetimes of difference-making.