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This medal is a miniature medal only.

The Patriot Graves Committee must authorize the purchase of this medal. Do not order this without prior notification of eligibility from the committee as doing so will delay the shipping of your entire order. We can not ship this without committee approval.

Precedence: 34
Year Authorized: 2012
Presented By: National Society, District Vice President General or State Society President
Approved By: NSSAR Patriot Index/Revolutionary War Graves Register Committee & State Society (President or state chairman)

Description: The medal is suspended from a purple and black drape and is a round disk of silver color. The obverse depicts a cemetery with a picket fence, with a rifle leaning against the fence, a Betsy Ross flag, and a cloudy sky. The words “1775 Patriot” appear at the bottom. The reverse has the words “Services for Those Who Served” flanked by laurel leaves.

Summary: The Patriot Grave Marking Medal recognizes both past efforts to identify and report data on Revolutionary War graves and to encourage new efforts to identify graves. The data generated by these efforts will meet educational objectives by continuing to build and improve the existing database on these patriots by listing their final resting places. It meets historical objectives by providing data to potential members and by identifying these significant places so that they may not be lost to future generations.

Requirements for Earning the Patriot Grave Marking Medal:
1. A Patriot Grave Marking involves a ceremony as defined in the Patriot Grave Marking Manual published by the NSSAR Patriot Index/Revolutionary War Graves Register Committee. The requirement for the placement of an SAR marker or a tablet/plaque with the SAR logo (hereinafter referred to collectively as “an SAR marker”), may be waived if the marking takes place at a National Cemetery or other cemetery where an SAR marker placement is prohibited by the owner.
2. The Patriot(s) being honored must be prominently recognized in the service and printed program with a brief biography that includes the type of service during the Revolution. The program may be used to document attendance and/or participation in the grave marking.
3. To qualify for the Patriot Grave Marking Medal, the following criteria must be met:
a) The Compatriot must have participated in a prominent role during the planning and execution of the grave marking. This includes, but is not limited to, researching/finding the grave, paying for or placing the SAR marker, or being the Master of Ceremonies and Speaker/Presenter. With respect to the researching or
paying for the SAR marker, a compatriot does not need to be a resident of the state in which the grave is located to conduct these activities.
b) The Compatriot must have participated, as defined above, in at least fifteen (15) grave marking events with a look-back period to 1 March 2011. For the purposes of this requirement, if a mass grave is marked or if multiple graves are marked in a single cemetery, the Compatriot will be allowed to count a maximum of five (5) patriots towards this requirement.
c) Up to, but no more than, 50% of the submitted grave markings may be without the placement of an SAR marker.
d) The Compatriot must have submitted data on the Grave location, including but not limited to providing photographs, address, GPS location and such other data as required by the National Patriot Graves Committee, to both their State Patriot Graves Committee (if one is established) and the National Patriot Graves Committee prior to applying for the medal.

Special Application Required: Compatriots who believe they qualify for the medal must complete the appropriate form setting forth their qualifications, and including the supporting documentation. This form is available on the SAR website, and must be signed by either the state society president or the state patriot graves committee chairman (as reported to the National Patriot Graves Committee), and be submitted to the National Patriot Graves Committee.

Subsequent Presentation Authorized: The medal may be awarded multiple times. A bronze oak leaf cluster shall be awarded for each additional fifteen (15) grave markings meeting the requirements listed above. Presentation and wear of oak leaf clusters shall follow NSSAR policy.

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