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Austin Blair Camp No. 7
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Visitors to the Museum looking at the displays.
On the 1st and 2nd of the month, members of Camp No. 7, and several other Camps throughout the State traveled to Eaton Rapids to help honor the 151st anniversary of the Grand Army of the Republic.

Setting up on separate tables at the James B. Brainerd Post 111, G.A.R. Memorial Hall and Museum, Brothers brought items for display, and stories to tell about their ancestors and the Grand Army in general. The community support for this event was great as there were many visitors to the event.

Our members which to express out thanks and gratitude to the G.A.R. Memorial Hall and Museum for allowing us to take part in this event and in helping us Keep Green the Memory of the Boys in Blue.

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PCinC Keith Harrison talks with some of the visitors to the event.


The spirits and memories still linger.



The certificates and patch that were awarded
to the Scouts.


DESC Tingley talking about the GAR and Scouting.

On the 9th of April, being ask to attend by members of the Nash-Hodges Camp No. 43, Department of Michigan Eagle Scout Coordinator, Nathan Tingley and DJVC Bob Griggs traveled to Tecumseh to attend the Court of Honor for four new Eagle Scouts from Troop 632.

During the ceremony the Scouts were given reconnection certificates from the Mayor of Tecumseh, and the State of Michigan as well as SUVCW Certificate and Eagle Scout Patch. Brother Gary Naugle PCC, Camp No. 43 spoke of the history of the Grand Army of the Republic and the SUVCW, and Brother Tingley talked about the relationship between the GAR and the Boy Scouts.

Thanks to the Brothers of the Nash-Hodges Camp for asking us to attend, and a hardy Congratulations and HAZZAH to Nathan, Joel, Conor, and David on your achievement.

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Scouts are presented their certificates and patches by Brothers Tingley, and Naugle.


All Eagle Scouts present nenewed their
Eagle Scout Pledge.


The Scouts with their families.


Our newest member Rob Smith
At our regular meeting held April 10th. the Brothers of Camp No. 7 inducted a new Brother into our fold. Robert Smith comes to us through his great-great grandfather Andrew Denton Grimes who served from August of 1862 until June of 1865, in company G, 17th Michigan Infantry. Rob is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps where he was a forward observer for an artillery unit.

Welcome Brother Smith, we all look forward to working with you
on upcoming projects.

Also at our meeting Brothers Henry Hawker PCC and Howard Lloyd PCC received their 15 and 10 year pins. Congratulations, and thank you Brothers on your dedication in helping all of us Keep the Memory alive.

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Rob's SUVCW Badge is pinned on by Commander Cox


Brothers Hawker and Lloyd receive their service pins.


Members of the Vandercook Lions Club.


Part of the display taking for the VCL club to see.

On the 12th of April, DJVC Bob Griggs-PCC, visited the Vandercook Lions Club to put on a presentation on Michigan in the Civil War. Many items were taken for display for the Lions to look at. After the presentation, many of the Lions told DJVC Griggs how much they enjoyed his talk and that they were excited to hear his lesser known stories about the Boys in Blue.

DJVC Griggs would like to extend a hearty HAZZAH and Thank you to the Vandercook Lions for giving him the opportunity to Keep Green the Memory of the Boys in Blue.

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Lions Club members.


DJVC Griggs during his talk.


PCC Howard Lloyd, Brother Kim Horning and Auxiliary President Connie Horning at the Cotton Gin.


Department JVC Bob Griggs during his talk..

On the 21st and 22nd, Brothers and Sisters of the Austin Blair Camp traveled to Franklin, Tennessee for the 30th annual meeting of the Sultana Descendant's Association.

Friday night included speakers talking about the work done to save the Battlefield and the meeting plan for next year at Cahaba, Alabama. Saturday included visits to the Carter House, and Cotton Gin, Winstead Hill, Fort Granger, Carnton Mansion and the Confederate Cemetery located on mansion grounds. Saturday night there was a banquet for all the descendants, their families and friends. During the banquet, DJVC Bob Griggs spoke about the history of the SUVCW and some little known facts about the Civil War soldiers, and Auxiliary President Connie Horning talked about the work of the Auxiliary in helping today's veterans as well as their work in Keeping the Memory of the Boys in Blue alive. At the end of the meeting the descendants of men on the Sultana held a candle light service for all that were lost on the Sultana.

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Auxiliary President Connie Horning speaking at the banquet Saturday night.


PCC Howard Lloyd took part in the Candle Light Service.





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