Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Passing of Real Son Harold Becker

It is with deep sadness that we report the passing of Real Son Harold A. Becker on August 7, 2016 in Grand Rapids Michigan. He was 99 years old. Br. Becker was a member of the Gen. John A. Logan Camp, No. 1 (Grand Rapids, MI) SUVCW. He was known to be the last known son of a Civil War Soldier in Michigan.

According to Commander-in-Chief’s General Order No. 29, we will drape all Charters and membership badges in black for a period of 30 days.

According to our records, there are only 5 remaining Real Sons left.  

Harold Becker

(photo courtesy Bruce Butgereit)

NAT’L ENCAMPMENT: Hotel UPDATE

We have been informed by the Abraham Lincoln Hotel that ALL ROOMS for THURSDAY are sold out. There are still some rooms available for Friday and Saturday.  Arrangements have been made with the Wyndham Hotel directly across the street for rooms from Wednesday the 8/10 thru Saturday the 8/13, with a room rate of 109.00, which also includes parking.

LINK FOR RESERVATIONS: http://www.wyndahm.com/groupevents2016/49084_SONSUNIONVETERANSCIVILWAR/main.wnt

Or, if one prefers to call for reservations,  the number is 217-789-1530 and push 1 for reservations to make them directly with the hotel staff.

Comprehensive 2016 National Encampment Information – UPDATED WITH TOUR REGISTRATION FORMS 3/23/16

2016 NATIONAL ENCAMPMENT OF THE ALLIED ORDERS OF THE GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC

AUGUST 11TH THROUGH 14TH, 2016.

President Abraham Lincoln Hilton Hotel Hilton Hotels National Reservation number is 866-788-1860

Our National Encampment will take place at President Abraham Lincoln Springfield, a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, in the heart of historic downtown, within walking distance of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library, Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Herndon Law office, the Old State Capitol, and more.

Below you will find links to important documentation regarding this year’s Encampment.  As always, if you have questions, please contact Br. Jim Crane at hoteljc1776@gmail.com

General Information on the Encampment and Springfield, Illinois (from the forthcoming issue of The Banner).

2016 National Encampment Registration Form

National Encampment program advertisement form

Vendor Table reservation form

Allied Orders Banquet reservation form

SVR Breakfast reservation form

Springfield Tour 1

Springfield Tour 2

Information on reserving your place on the planned tours will be forthcoming and will be added to THIS POST.  Thank you for checking in, and we are looking forward to seeing you at the National Encampment in Springfield.

IMPORTANT DRIVING DIRECTIONS UPDATE:

Driving Directions to the Abraham Lincoln Hilton Hotel

701 E. Adams St., Springfield, IL 62701

From Chicago:

Take I-55 S. to Exit 98B (Clear Lake Avenue). Continue on to E. Jefferson St. Turn left at 9th Street. Take 9th

Street to E. Adams Street and turn right. The hotel is located on the corners of Adams and 7th Streets.

From St. Louis:

Take I-55 N. to Springfield. Take Exit 92A-B (I-55 Blvd). Tale left ramp for I-55Blvd. North toward

Jacksonville. Keep straight onto 6th St. Turn right onto Monroe St. Turn left onto 8th St. Turn left on to E.

Adams Street. The hotel is located on the corners of Adams and 7th Streets.

From Indianapolis:

Take I-74 W. Take Exit 179A for i-57 South toward Willard Airport/Decatur/Memphis. At Exit 235B, take ramp

right for I-72 West toward Decatur/Memphis. Continue on to Clear Lake Avenue. Continue on to E. Jefferson

St. Turn left on to I-55 Blvd. Turn right on to E. Adams St. The hotel is located on the corners of Adams and 7th

Streets.

From Quad Cities:

Take I-74 E. to Exit 101. Take ramp right to I-155 toward Lincoln. At Exit 98B, take ramp right and follow

signs for Clear Lake Avenue. Continue on to E. Jefferson St. Turn left at 9th Street. Take 9th Street to E. Adams

Street and turn right. The hotel is located on the corners of Adams and 7th Streets.

From the West:

Take I-72 East toward Springfield/Quincy. At Exit 98B, take ramp right for I-55 Blvd. toward Springfield.

Continue on 6th St. Turn right on to E. Monroe St. Turn left on to S. 8th St. Turn left on to E. Adams St. The

hotel is located on the corners of Adams and 7th Streets.

2016 Lincoln Tomb Ceremony: Updated form and latest info!

All are invited to participate in the 601h Annual Lincoln Tomb Ceremony, sponsored by the SUVCW and MOLLUS, commemorating the 15151 Anniversary of President Lincoln’s death. It will be held at the Lincoln Tomb in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, IL at 10 AM on Saturday, April 16, 2016.

Headquarters Hotel: President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, 701 E. Adams St., Springfield.IL 62701. The room rate is $96.99 for single/quad. A10% dining discount at Lindsay’s Restaurant is included. Call 1-866-788-1860 for reservations and mention “Sons of Union Veterans”. Reserve your room by March 25, 2016. After this, the remaining blocked rooms will be released.

Wreaths may be ordered from local Springfield florists. Instruct the florist to have the wreath delivered c/o the Lincoln Tomb, Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, by 9 AM on Saturday, April 161h.

Luncheon will be held at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel at 12:30PM. The luncheon program will feature a documentary film by the Lincoln Monument Assoc. on the history of Lincoln’s Tomb. Luncheon cost is $29 per person. For event info, go to the SUVCW web site (suvcw.org) or contact Robert Petrovic at: rpetro7776@aol.com or 636-274- 4567.

Click here for the form for the wreath ceremony, luncheon reservation and military parade.

2016 National Encampment News – UPDATE – Hotel now accepting reservations!

The Abraham Lincoln Hilton Hotel is now accepting reservations for the 2016 National Encampment in Springfield, Illinois. The Direct line to the hotel is 217-544-8800 and the National Reservation phone # is 866-788-1860, which is a free call. It is your choice who you would like to call. The rate is 106.00 not including taxes. If you have any problems, or have ANY concerns about reservations or the hotel facilities, or have additional questions regarding the National Encampment please contact Br. Jim Crane via e-mail at hoteljc1776@gmail.com

Please stay tuned for more information regarding the 2016 National Encampment in Springfield, Illinois.

Lincoln Tomb Ceremony (April 16, 2016)

All are invited to participate in the 60th Annual Lincoln Tomb Ceremony, sponsored by the SUVCW and MOLLUS, commemorating the 151st Anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s death. It will be held at the Lincoln Tomb in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 16, 2016. Click here for additional information and the form by which to RSVP for your attendance.