As part of the Wheeling 250th anniversary observance a memorial service and wreath laying ceremony was held on September 7, 2019 to honor Wheeling’s founder Ebenezer Zane and his sister, Betty Zane, heroine of the second siege of Fort Henry. It was attended by 10 SAR chapters representing four state societies and two West Virginia DAR chapters.

WVSSAR chapters participating were Captain James Neal, Daniel Boone, Fort Henry, General Adam Stephen and Point Pleasant. The WVDAR was represented by the Wheeling Chapter and the Pack Horse Ford Chapter.

The Ohio State Society was represented by the Benjamin Franklin, Ebenezer Zane and Hocking Valley Chapters. Also participating were the George Washington Chapter, PASSAR and the Colonel James Wood II Chapter, VASSAR.

The color guard commander was Larry Perkins of the Ebenezer Zane Chapter, OHSSAR and the musket escort commander was Ed Cromley of the Point Pleasant Chapter, WVSSAR who serves as commander of the WVSSAR Color Guard.

Zane Memorial Service, Wheeling 250th Anniversary

Betty Zane statue, Walnut Grove Cemetery, Martins Ferry, Ohio
Color Guard
Wheeling Chapter DAR regent Debi Smith makes remarks
Fort Henry president Jay Frey & Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott
WVSSAR Color Guard Commander Ed Cromley presents wreath at Ebenezer Zane grave
Compatriot Rick Greathouse pays respects to Ebenezer Zane
Presenting the Colors
Compatriot David Ervin presents Fort Henry Chapter wreath
Musket salute
Sarah Nelson closes service with “Taps”

Wheeling 250th Anniversary Parade

US Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps

SAR Color Guard

Governor Jim Justice
St. Clairsville High School Marching Band
US Senator Shelley Moore Capito
US Army 249th Band
The Pride of West Virginia: WVU Marching Band
Wheeling Park High School Marching Band
West Virginia University Marching Band

WVSSAR Color Guard Veterans Day 2019

WVSSAR Color Guard at 2019 Ripley Veterans Day Parade