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Ceremony honors Revolutionary War soldier, county’s rich history

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One soldier’s role in helping secure the freedom of American colonies – one of countless stories in two centuries of Perry County history – was celebrated in grand style Saturday in Rome.

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A grave-marker dedication in the town’s United Methodist Church honored the life of Revolutionary War patriot Jacob Kepler.

Hosted by the Lafayette Spring Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the ceremony packed the church and members of several veterans groups and those who keep alive the history of the Revolutionary War era, some wearing clothes from Kepler’s time, seemed to turn back the pages of history.  

Kepler was born April 29, 1741, near Philadelphia and served in the first battalion of the Northampton County, Pennsylvania Militia. Kepler told his family about serving in the Revolutionary War and being a soldier at Valley Forge and personally seeing Gen. George Washington. He came to Perry County in the early 1800s and died Dec. 12, 1845, at the age of 104.

Several of his descendants attended the ceremony Saturday and helped to unveil the bronze marker that was to be placed on his grave. The event comes during a year in which the county is marking the 200th anniversary of its founding.