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Question:

Looking at a newspaper clipping I understand my great-grandmother gave flowers to members of the GAR and the SUV of her hometown.  This was during memorial day of 1924.  Can you tell me what groups the newspaper is referring to?

Answer:

Memorial Day formerly known as Decoration Day was the day that graves of the veterans of the Civil War were decorated.  This was often done by members of the Union survivors organization known as the G.A.R. = the Grand Army of the Republic.  The children of these veterans and their male descendants would have been able to join the S.U.V. = Sons of Union Veterans. So I am not sure if your ancestor was presenting flowers to the livig members of these organization, or assisting with the decorating of the graves at the cemetery.

Posted by Ellie Spinney at 05/17/2013 11:51:36 PM | 


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