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Sons of Union Veterans have new commander

Patrick Kennedy (left) of Menominee was honored as outgoing commander of Camp 266 of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War at its annual meeting. The new commander is Dr. James Strain of Marquette. He was installed by past Department of Michigan Commander David W. Smith of Traverse City. Dr. Strain is very interested and knowledgeable about the music of the Civil War era and especially percussion instruments. The SUVCW 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, it is the legal successor to the Grand Army of the Republic. The camp in the Upper Peninsula focuses on locating and maintaining graves of Civil War veterans and presenting programs about the history of the Civil War. Anyone interested in the organization may contact the Signal Officer at dewjones49@gmail.com.

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