For decades, Waitts' was only the unmarked grave that remained in Porter's Burial Ground on High Street, one of the oldest cemeteries in Danvers.
"He wasn't a Minuteman, he wasn't someone who fought early on in the war, but he was a follow-up man who spent a lot of time in service,” said Richard Trask, Danvers archivist.
Trask worked with Atwood to pinpoint Waitt's final resting place. On Saturday, it was rededicated with full military honors, a ceremony planned by the Daughters of the American Revolution.
"Each time, there's certainly a sense of reverence,” said Libby Potter, with Daughters of the American Revolution.
"So, it's nice to see that flag floating around his grave right now because no one's put one there for almost 80 years now,” Atwood said.
Relatives traveled from several states to attend the ceremony. The U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs donated the new headstone.