General Orders No. 10
Kent L. Armstrong, Commander-in-Chief
213 E. Madison Street / P.O. Box 618
DeWitt, MI 48820-0618
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- All purchase requests for the SUVCW's Eagle Scout Certificate are to be sent with payment to our National Quartermaster - Elmer F. Atkinson, 1016 Gorman Street, Philadelphia, PA 19116-3719. [The information posted in Item 7, within General Orders Number 1 of this series, is to be henceforth disregarded.]
- The Council of Administration has concurred with the CinC's wish to include the Order's Gold Star with a Meritorious Service Award to be presented to Brother Ty Streeter, PCC. Brother Streeter is on active military duty as a Lance Corporal in the United States Marine Corps. Ty was wounded-in-action earlier this year, during the rescue of U.S. Army Private Jessica Lynch, in Iraq. He is recovering well and has been awarded the Navy Cross and Purple Heart.
- The CinC has also issued a Meritorious Service Award to honor the memory of Brother Christopher P. Geiger, who died while on active military service as a Sergeant with the 213th Support Group of the National Guard, stationed at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. The Council of Administration approved the Order's Gold Star to be attached to an Associate Badge for presentation with the SUVCW's War Medal to Brother Geiger's family.
- Sincere thanks go out to all Brothers who gave time on the 11th day of the 11th month to observe Veterans' Day. So much of what we take for granted is owed to our nation's military veterans. Special appreciation is extended to all Brothers who have served in our country's armed forces.
- Our organization has marked its 122nd Anniversary. Major Augustus Plummer Davis and "eight boys" organized the first Camp of the "Sons of Veterans" on Saturday, November 12, 1881. May our Order forever endure and thus "perpetuate the memory of the Grand Army of the Republic" and all of the soldiers, sailors, marines, and members of the Revenue Cutter Service who honorably served to save the Union.
- The 47th Annual Remembrance Day was conducted on November 15, 2003 at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. [The program is observed each year on the Saturday nearest to the nineteenth of November (the day in 1863, when President Lincoln delivered his "Gettysburg Address" during the dedication of the National Cemetery, there).] Congratulations for a job well done are extended to our Remembrance Day Committee. Kudos also go out to all of the volunteers who help host the annual Civil War Military Ball at the Eisenhower Inn, south of Gettysburg. The proceeds from last year totaled $5,500 and a check in that amount was presented by PCinC Elmer Atkinson to Gettysburg National Military Park Superintendent John Latschar. This money will be combined with last year's donation for the restoration of Union and Confederate regimental history tablets.
- With this year marking the 140th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, as well as the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery, the CinC presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Superintendent Latschar and his staff for their work to preserve and protect the battlefield and cemetery. The CinC also marked Remembrance Day by presenting a Certificate of Recognition to the leadership of the Sons of Veterans Reserve, in honor of the SVR's 100th anniversary.
- Once more, we are very grateful to the merchants of Gettysburg who paid all fees related to the parade permit for Remembrance Day.
- Congratulations to Pennsylvania's Past Commanders and Past Presidents Association for their 73rd Annual Banquet, held on November 15th (commemorating the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery). This traditional Remembrance Day dinner is an excellent opportunity for all of us in the various Allied Orders to gather in the spirit of "F., C., & L.," and thereby jointly honor the memory of President Lincoln and those who answered his call to save the Union.
- As the end of another calendar year draws near, please consider a tax deductible donation to one or more of the worthy Funds of our Order (see the Autumn 2003 issue of The BANNER for details).
- This year also marks the 140th anniversary of President Lincoln proclaiming that the last Thursday of November be "set apart" and observed as a day of Thanksgiving.
- My very BEST wishes are extended to all, for the holidays ahead. But, as we enjoy this season, let us not forget the thousands of Americans in military service who are on watch - and in harm's way.
Ordered this 17th day of November, 2003.
By Order of:
Kent L. Armstrong
Edward Krieser, PCinC
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