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August 3, 2019
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Woodland Cemetery
Washburn, WI 54891
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GAR Last Soldier Memorial Dedication

Saturday, August 3, 2019

The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) was an organization of Civil War Union veterans similar to today's American Legion or VFW. The GAR held to its decision not to extend the organization's life beyond the life expectancy of its members. The mission to carry on the GAR ideals was handed over to the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUV). The SUV's Last Soldier Project has identified 3 area veterans as the last Civil War soldiers to be buried in Ashland, Bayfield & Iron counties. The SUV has teamed up with Historical Societies from each county to find these veterans burial sites & get information on their lives. On August 3 The SUV Old Abe Camp 8, from the Fox Valley, along with local veteran's groups will dedicate special GAR Last Soldier markers at these veteran's burial sites. A dedication ceremony will be held at 1:00pm at Woodland Cemetery in Washburn for David Monroe. These ceremonies are done in accordance with direction right from the GAR ceremonies manual.