Orlando A. Somers Camp No.1
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
Department of Indiana
a 501 (c) 3 Organization
Our Purpose The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War is a fraternal organization dedicated to preserving the history and legacy of heroes who fought and worked to save the Union. Organized in 1881 and chartered by Congress in 1954, we are the legal successor to the Grand Army of the Republic.
We serve to unite individuals, in Kokomo and the surrounding counties, whose ancestors served in the Union Army during the Civil War.
Honoring Union Veterans
The SUVCW cooperates in doing honor to all who have patriotically served our country in any war.
Preserving & Perpetuating the GAR
The SUVCW assists in the preservation and making available for research, the documents and records pertaining to the Grand Army of the Republic and its members. The Order ensures that the condition of signage along U.S. Route 6, the GAR highway, is properly maintained. The SUVCW supplies scholarships, funding to the annual Lincoln Memorial and Tomb Ceremonies, and to the Gettysburg Remembrance Day Ceremony, which includes the country’s largest Civil War parade, held on the third Saturday in November. Grants for Civil War Memorial preservation are also provided. Meetings and Encampments (conventions) are still conducted according to the tradition and rituals of the GAR.
The SUVCW’s patriotic education includes teaching patriotism and the duties of citizenship, the true history of our country, and the love and respect for our Flag. Each year, the Order conducts presentations to schools and communities. The SUVCW encourages the proper teaching of American history in our schools. It keeps the public informed of activities and measures that violate or may weaken the spirit and purposes of our country’s Constitution and institutions. It promotes and broadly sustains the American principles of representative government, of equal rights and impartial justice for all.
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