The John Rice Irwin-Anderson County Chapter of Sons of the Revolution honored the county mayor earlier this month for her commitment to historic preservation, a press release said.
It said chapter members delivered a surprise token of appreciation at Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank’s office on Feb. 4.
Chapter member Lynn Fox thanked Frank for a speech she gave at the unveiling of the David Hall Cabin Historical Marker in Claxton on Nov. 16, the press release said.
“I was so very touched and humbled by the presentation,” Frank said. “I feel one of my missions in office is to thank and encourage these wonderful people for what they do to keep history alive, and here they are in my office, taking the time and effort to thank me. It’s just one more example of the altruism of these wonderful people.”
In her November 2012 speech, Frank said “our technology, our jobs, our way of life may change over time, but human nature does not.
“Generations that follow us—that follow you and me as we stand here today—must have an understanding of history in order to prepare a path for the future,” Frank said, according to the press release. “History is not just our path to build upon—a path for future growth, challenges, and prosperity—but understanding our history also serves as a roadmap of the heart. It is the soul of our civilization. It provides continuity and security for our young people.
“A culture of narcissism that tempts us to believe that only today matters, is a culture that robs our civilization—our very Claxton community—of vision. All of those devoted to historical preservation deserve our highest praise and special thanks. They are not individuals who are trapped in time; nay, they are serving on the frontlines in shaping our future generations.”
The John Rice Irwin-Anderson County Chapter was formed in October 2001 to commemorate the Revolutionary War veterans who lived in Anderson County and to further document the contributions of those veterans to modern society. The chapter is named for John Rice Irwin, founder of the Museum of Appalachia in Norris. The chapter’s members are active in several local events each year, including re-enactments of historical battles, visits to schools, the annual Veterans Day parade in Clinton, and activities at the privately-owned David Hall Cabin in Claxton.
For more information about Sons of the Revolution, call Lynn Fox at (865) 719-9947.