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Tuesday
Sep092008

Greenwich Tea Burners

As you all know, one of my pet peeves is the exploitation of the deceased.

This year is the 100th anniversary of the installation of the Greenwich Tea Burners Monument in Greenwich, Cumberland, NJ. You can read an article about the celebration here.

There's even a company called Greenwich Tea Burner Tea. I emailed them and asked if they donated a percentage of the sales to the Tea Burners or some sort of organization. They did not email me back.

These 24 men risked their lives and the whole town's having a big party. At least do something to benefit the men while you exploit them. They're even selling pitchers, for goodness sake!!

So I wrote into the local paper again. Should be in Thursday's edition.


I was wondering if there is a project going to obtain flag holder grave markers for the 24 Tea Burners. I know that some of the men do not even have tombstones. I do not know how much a custom flag holder would cost, but I know that a new cast iron GAR one is $20 on ebay. The flags could be renewed every December by the DAR or a similar organization. Perhaps, there could be some sort of donation at the 100th Anniversary of the Tea Burner Monument for these special holders.

I think we should do something that directly benefits the the men who risked their lives on December 22, 1774, this September. I read about all the things that were being sold such as programs, stamps, minatures, books, mugs, pitchers, and tea pots, and I was wondering what part of those proceeds go to the very people who we are remembering? For every Tea Burner, there is a cemetery plot that could always look a little nicer.

 

-andrea

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