By Janet Snyder, Photos by Janet Snyder and Ken Hill
May 30 Memorial Day Ceremony of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.
The program included: Welcome by SGM (Ret) David Oberg; Presentation of the Colors by Bonanza Army JROTC Color Guard; National Anthem by Cadet Montel, Canyon Springs AFJROTC; Musical selections, armed exhibition, story about William B. Keith and Joseph M. Graham, Union and Confederate soldiers buried side by side; Guest Speaker was Fred E. Wagar, Deputy Director, Programs and Services, State of Nevada Department of Veterans Services; Presentation of Wreaths by Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Sons of Confederate Veterans, and Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic; 21 Gun Salute by Southern Nevada Living History Rifle Squad; Taps by SGM (Ret) David Oberg.
Group in attendance included members of Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, William B. Keith Camp No. 12 in Las Vegas, along with Helen J. Stewart, members of Daughters of the American Revolution chapters from Las Vegas and Boulder City, Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic, the Daughters of Union Veterans and the Daughters of the Confederacy.
This event is dedicated to “preserving the memory of the Grand Army of the Republic and our ancestors who fought to preserve the Union 1861-1865”
The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War is a patriotic and educational organization, similar to the Grand Army of the Republic. It was founded on November 12, 1881 and incorporated by Act of Congress August 20, 1954. The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War is the legal heir to and representative of the Grand Army of the Republic.
The William B. Keith Camp No. 12 of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) was established on March 31, 2001, and serves the southern part of Nevada. The Camp is named for Pvt. William Boone Keith (1840 – 1920).
Camp Officers are: Commander, Russell A. Dixon; Senior Vice-Commander, Tom Hillery; Junior Vice-Commander, Kurtis Dunphy; Secretary-Treasurer, Alan Peterson; Councilman, Len Becker, Ken Hill, Charles Smith