Historic Abston Cemetery Rededication at Lake View Cemetery, Lavon, Texas, Sunday April 29
On Sunday, April 29, the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution held a re-dedication ceremony in the John Abston Family Cemetery within the Lakeview Cemetery in Lavon, Texas. John Abston Chapter Honorary Regent Dorcas Helms spearheaded an incredible undertaking to restore this historic portion of Lake View Cemetery in Lavon, Texas. This effort has been underway for approximately 3 years and has had support from the Collin County Historical Commission, the Lake View Cemetery Board, James Brenner and Texas Cemetery Restoration, LLC, Teena Humphris and Chevron, and Members of John Abston Chapter, NSDAR.
"DAR focuses on service to God, home and country and fulfills that service through patriotism, education and historic preservation," said Dorcas Helms, Honorary Chapter Regent and past Chapter Regent 2015-2017. "This project reinforced the service provided by John Abston, NSDAR with our efforts to preserve the grave of an American Revolutionary soldier and some of his family. By doing so, we are providing an educational opportunity for those who visit the cemetery while promoting our appreciation for those who were willing to sacrifice all for our country."
The rededication occurred at the Pavilion at the cemetery and was widely attended. Remarks were made by special guests Larry Collins, of the Collin County Historical Commission, Sabrina Nash, of Lake View Cemetery, and Vicki Sanson, Mayoral Pro-Tem of City of Lavon, who read a proclamation declaring the 29th of April 2018 as John Abston Day in the City of Lavon. Bagpipe music from bagpiper Scott Stanton led the procession to the wreath laying at Abston's grave. Sally Hunt, descendant of John Abston, laid the wreath. Members from several local Sons of the American Revolution participated as a color guard in full regalia during the ceremony.
The cemetery is open to the public and is a valuable preservation of American history.