Newly chartered Major General Thomas West Sherman Camp 1, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, is hosting a Memorial Day ceremony at the Grand Army of the Republic burial plot in Island Cemetery at 4:00 PM on Sunday, May 27 2018. “As Rhode Island’s newest Sons of Union Veterans Camp, it is exciting to be back out in the community holding this ceremony,” stated Department Commander James P. McGuire, who is also a founding member of the Camp, serves as its secretary and works at Salve Regina University. “Newport’s contribution to the Rhode Island war effort in the Civil War should not be forgotten, nor should the men buried in our local cemeteries who gave their lives during that conflict to help preserve the Union and free a people. Camp 1 wants to help tell these stories to a new generation.”

This year marks the 150th anniversary of Memorial Day, which was established in 1868 by Grand Army of the republic Commander-in-Chief John A. Logan through his General Order no. 11. “The Grand Army had a strong presence here in Newport, as can be seen by our beautiful monument on Broadway and also in the carefully planned out burial plot at Island Cemetery,” said McGuire. “It is nice to be able to go to a place that meant so much to these men and carry on their work.

The service will consist of patriotic readings and memorial service with cannonade by the 3rd RI Heavy Artillery, Sons of Veterans Reserve.

To honor the Grand Army of the Republic’s charge and the sacrifice of every U.S.Veteran who has given the last full measure of devotion to his country, the RISUVCW invites the general public to attend one or all of the following:

WEST WARWICK – SATURDAY, MAY 26TH, 2018: 10:00am Major Sullivan Ballou Camp 3, ceremony at historic cemetery WW30. Patriotic readings and memorial service in honor of 9 Union soldiers interred in that historic cemetery. Period firing detail by the 2nd RI Infantry. The entrance to the cemetery is off of Johnson Court.

PAWTUCKET – SATURDAY, MAY 26TH, 2018: 4:05pm The Department of Rhode Island, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War is pleased to be participating in the pregame, on-field patriotic ceremony at McCoy Stadium as the Pawtucket Red Sox host the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs for a Memorial Day weekend double header. Pregame ceremony begins at 3:00.

PAWTUCKET – SUNDAY, MAY 27TH, 2018: 11:00am

Gen. Zenas Bliss Camp 12 is hosting a headstone dedication ceremony with the family of Bernard Burns, RI Hospital Guards, in old St. Mary’s Cemetery, 103 Pine St. Patriotic readings and memorial service supported by the 2nd RI Infantry.

NEWPORT – SUNDAY, MAY 27TH, 2017: 4:00pm Newly chartered Major General Thomas West Sherman Camp 1 is hosting a Memorial Day ceremony at the Grand Army of the Republic burial plot, Island Cemetery. Patriotic readings and memorial service with cannonade by the 3rd RI Heavy Artillery, Sons of Veterans Reserve.

WESTERLY – MONDAY, MAY 28TH, 2018: 9:30am The Department of Rhode Island, SUVCW will participate at-large in the Westerly Memorial Day Parade. Parade steps off at Pawcautuck Shopping Center at 9:30 and processes to the monument at the junction of Rt. 1 and rt. 234, then continues on to Wilcox Park for closing ceremonies.

CRANSTON – MONDAY, MAY 28TH, 2018: 6:00PM – Pocasset Cemetery 417 Dyer Avenue, Cranston RI Governors Elisha Dyer Camp 7 will be hosting an annual Memorial Day Observence at 6:00pm. Patriotic reading s and period military salute by 2nd RI Infantry and 3rd RI heavy Artillery, Sons of Veterans Reserve. Guests will be invited to process to the graves of two notable Civil War soldiers for individual graveside rites and honors.

PROVIDENCE – WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2018: 10:00AM – Kennedy Plaza

Members of the Department of Rhode Island, SUVCW, in conjunction with the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy, will conduct a formal ceremony at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument commemorating the May 30, 1868 establishment of Memorial Day and the 1,727 Rhode Islanders named on the monument who sacrificed their lives during the Civil War. Information will be available about the DPPC’s ongoing effort to restore the Soldiers and Sailors monument and the continued revitalization of Kennedy Plaza.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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