On Saturday, July 13, 2019, members of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865 (DUVCW) Tent 3 Detroit, had the privilege of participating, along with Hospice Team members, Veterans/Active Duty members, and Veteran Service Organization’s Representatives, in an HONOR VISIT to VETERAN EDMUND ABREY, as he celebrated his 94th birthday with family and friends.
Sisters Nancy M. Skerchock and Yulanda Burgess ceremoniously presented to World War II Veteran Edmund Aubrey, a framed certificate of appreciation from the DUVCW, Sarah M.W. Sterling Tent 3 Detroit.
Honor Visits can be requested from, and are coordinated through, the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, Volunteer and Community Relations, Detroit, MI
Sarah Johnson, Volunteer Coordinator, D. J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans (DJJHV), Marquette, MI is shown receiving a donation from the Dept. of Michigan, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War (DUVCW), for the benefit of the Women Veterans Program at the DJJHV. The donation was presented by Nancy M. Skerchock, President, DUVCW, Sarah M.W. Sterling, Tent 3, Detroit, MI and Veteran Services Representative to the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center in Detroit, MI.
The D. J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans provides to former service members quality care in a homelike environment. Located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in the beautiful city of Marquette, near the shores of Lake Superior, the Jacobetti Home provides top-notch medical and nursing care, an activities program, as well as domiciliary care services. The Jacobetti Home has an extensive professional staff of physicians, nurses, social workers, dietitians and recreational therapy aides, all working to make veterans’ stays pleasant. An in-house pharmacy, rehabilitation therapy, pastoral care and specialty clinics, such as dental and vision care, are also available. In addition, members have countless opportunities to participate in spiritual, social, recreational and educational activities, both on-site and in the surrounding communities, on a daily basis.
Pictured is Sister Yulanda Burgess, representing the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Sarah M.W. Sterling Tent 3, Detroit, MI, entertaining Veterans at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center Patient Carnival, held on Saturday, June 1, 2019.
Sister Yulanda decorated a colorful table and created a fun game, complete with interesting prizes, for the Veterans enjoyment. Sister Yulanda’s fun loving enthusiasm was contagious and a great time was had by all.
Priscilla Larson, Voluntary Services Representative, U.S. Dept. Of Veterans Affairs, Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center (OGJVAMC), Iron Mountain, MI is shown receiving a monetary donation from the Dept. Of Michigan, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War (DUVCW), for the benefit of the Women Veterans Program at the OGJVAMC. The donation was presented by Nancy M. Skerchock, President, DUVCW, Sarah M.W. Sterling, Tent 3, Detroit, MI and Veteran Services Representative to the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center in Detroit, MI.
The Oscar G Johnson VA Medical Center (OGJVAMC) is located in Iron Mountain, MI. Iron Mountain, MI is a rural, geographically remote, sparsely populated area of the northern Midwest United States. The facility oversees seven community Outpatient Clinics (OPCs) located in Ironwood, Hancock, Marquette, Sault Ste. Marie, Menominee, MI, Manistique, MI, and Rhinelander, WI. OGJVAMC and its OPCs annually serve approximately 20,000 Veterans. OGJVAMC has the largest geographic patient service area east of the Mississippi River encompassing 25,864 sq. miles and is the most rural VA medical center (VAMC) in the nation; providing services to 96.3% rural/highly rural patients. It is home to approximately 57,400 Veterans, 25,895 of whom are enrolled in VA’s health care system. OGJVAMC employs 694 staff at its main facility and OPCs.
On March 22-23, 2019 Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Tent 3 Detroit, participated as a vendor in the 61st Annual Michigan in Perspective - Local History Conference, held at the Sterling Banquet & Conference Center, Sterling Heights, Michigan.
Hosting the DUVCW information table were Tent 3 Sisters: Nancy M. Skerchock, President - Yulanda Burgess, Secretary - Patricia Perry, Press Correspondent/Historian.
The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War hosted an adjacent table. The SUVCW table was represented by several Sons from Camp #120, Livingston County, Michigan. Pictured is Colonel (retired) Paul H. Scheidler.
Yulanda Burgess addressed the attendees in a stirring call to Keep Green the Memory of all of our civil war veterans. Yulanda urged those present to adopt a Civil War veteran, research his history, and keep his memory alive. On behalf of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Sarah M.W. Sterling Tent 3 Detroit, a white carnation memorial bouquet was placed at the base of the Flag marking the Civil War grave sites. 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.
Proudly walking in the Fifty-sixth Annual Veterans Service processional representing Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War Tent 3 Detroit: Celestine Hollings, PNP / Nancy M. Skerchock, President/Secretary / Yulanda Burgess, Color Bearer / Christie Peach, VP/Treasurer / Jocelyn Bush, Chaplain.
Pictured at the Historic Elmwood Cemetery, in Detroit, Michigan, paying a Memorial Tribute to Sarah M.W. Sterling.
Left to right:
Bethany Hoover, Dept. of Michigan President; Nancy M. Skerchock, Tent 3 President/Secretary; Christie Peach, Tent 3 VP/Treasurer; Jocelyn Bush, Tent 3 Chaplain; Yulanda Burgess, Tent 3 Color Bearer; Maggie Farris, Tent 3 Guard/Guide; Patricia Perry, Tent 3 Patriotic Instructor/Press Correspondent
Seated: Celestine Hollings, Past National President
L to R Standing
Sister Christine Peach - Sr. VP/Treasurer Tent 3 Detroit
Sister Jocelyn Bush - Chaplain Tent 3 Detroit
Sister Yulanda Burgess - Color Bearer #4 Detroit
Robert B. Middleton, II - National Commanding Officer ...Montford Point Marines of America
Sister Nancy M. Skerchock - President/Secretary Tent 3 Detroit
L to R Seated
Sister Maggie Farris - Guide/Guard Tent 3 Detroit
Sister Celestine Caldwell Hollings - PNP
Sisters, Nancy M. Skerchock, Yulanda Burgess, Patricia Perry and Melissa Simonson-Waligora, set up an exhibitor table for both days of the conference, featuring the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War.
The DUVCW exhibitor table received many visitors and much interest by some of the seven hundred conference attendees.
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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