November 10, 2017
Veterans Day Memorial Service at Historic Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit
Attended by Yulanda Burgess and Nancy M. Skerchock, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Sarah M.W. Sterling Tent 3, Detroit, MI
Yulanda Burgess addressed the attendees relating the history of the White Carnations and in remembrance placed a beautiful white carnation memorial bouquet at the base of the Flag marking Civil War grave sites.
White Carnations: White carnations are symbolic of the Garnet Equal Rights League that sponsored the original Harrisburg Review of US Colored Troops in 1865. Today’s White Carnation League’s purpose is to identify descendants of the original USCT soldiers and to collect their stories. White carnations have become a traditional flower (along with rosemary) to commemorate soldiers and sailors who served in the American Civil War.
The White Carnation is the official USCT flower in honor of the White Carnation League which was established in 1865 for the USCT's Grand Review. The USCTs were given the flower and showed with them as they marched in their Grand Review in Harrisburg PA on November 14, 1865. At USCT ceremonies it is traditional to have wreaths of white carnations (only) and lay rosemary on the graves to remember and honor these men.
November 12, 2017
Cathedral Church of St. Paul Detroit Veterans Day Observance
DUVCW Sarah M.W. Sterling Tent 3 Detroit
Sisters attending left to right:
Yulanda Burgess, Celestine Hollings, Pamela Webb, Maggie Farris, Jocelyn Bush, and Nancy M. Skerchock, President
The District Meeting was held at Holy Ghost Orthodox Church in Sterling Heights, MI and was hosted by Tent 3.
All photos by Pat Perry
Sarah MW Sterling Tent 3 President, Nancy M. Skerchock visiting the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, MI, along with Navy military personnel. Nancy was granted permission to witness a Committal Service with Military Funeral Honors.
Thank you to all the Tent 3 Sisters who attended our wonderful Christmas Luncheon held at the G.A.R. Building Restaurant.
For those of you who were unable to attend a brief synopsis of the luncheon:
Due to the number of individuals in our group, the restaurateurs set us up in the Republic Restaurant (that was technically closed) which gave us a private dining experience.
The luncheon began with a great tour of the G.A.R. Building – given by none other than the owners of the G.A.R.; Tom Carleton and Sean Emery.
David Carleton was busy attending to the running of the business.
We were delighted by the attendance of Wenda Fore, along with Marcia and Bruce Butgereit, from Grand Rapids. Bruce provided very interesting and informative talks at various stages of our tour. How very kind of the Butgereits and Wenda to travel so far to join us and make our luncheon just that much more special.
The food – the comradery – the gifts – the tour – were all just great! What a wonderful way to kick off the Holiday Season!
Nancy M. Skerchock, President
Sarah M.W. Sterling Tent 3 - Detroit, MI
The District Meeting was held in Hastings, MI on October 15th and hosted by Tent 2.
New District Officers:
President – Nancy Skerchock Tent 3
Sr. Vice President – Diane Hager - Tent 30
Jr. Vice President – Sally Redinger – Tent 58
Chaplain – Patty Galloway – Tent 2
Patriotic Instructor – Judy Anderson – Tent 59
Treasurer/Registration – Bethany Hoover – Tent 2
Secretary (appointed) – Cynthia VanAntwerp Tent 30
All photos by Nancy Skerchock
Peggy Sawyer Williams, Family Historian, Genealogist, and 6th President, FHWGS, receiving the Society's 2016 Margaret McCall Thomas Ward History Maker.
On Saturday, April 9, 2016, new Tent President Nancy Skerchock chaired her first meeting.
The Sisters in attendance where wonderful and offered great ideas and suggestions.
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