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James P. McGuire, Department Commander of the Rhode Island Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, joined Ryan Belmore and Frank Prosnitz on this edition of What’sUpNewp Radio Edition on AM 1540 WADK  to discuss Memorial Day, the 150th anniversary, the Grand Army of the Republic, Rhode Island Civil War history, and more.

The Department of Rhode Island, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (RISUVCW) will both host and participate in an impressive slate of events over Memorial Day weekend, 2018 as they commemorate the 150th anniversary of Memorial Day as established by General John A. Logan’s General Order Number 11 in 1868.


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 this Memorial Day Weekend:

  • WEST WARWICK – SATURDAY, MAY 26TH, 2018: 10:00 am 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: 4:05 pm 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 doubleheader. The pregame ceremony begins at 3:00.
  • PAWTUCKET – SUNDAY, MAY 27TH, 2018: 11:00 am 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: 4:00 pm 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: 9:30 am The Department of Rhode Island, SUVCW will participate at-large in the Westerly Memorial Day Parade. The 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: 6:00 PM – 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.

Made up of men from all walks of life, The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War is the Congressionally chartered, legal heir to and representative of the Grand Army of the Republic. Initially established in 1881 as the Sons of Veterans, the men of the GAR, recognizing their mortality, sought to preserve their legacy by establishing a linear organization of descendants that would exist in perpetuity to keep Memorial Day, to decorate the graves of the “Boys in Blue,” to tell a true account of the service of the Union Army, and to promote fraternity, charity and loyalty. The SUVCW engages the public through educational events designed to teach about the Civil War by working with local historians and living history interpreters to tell the stories of the “Boys in Blue.” Through participation in flagging the graves of Civil War veterans, working in cemetery restoration and preservation, and through historical and genealogical research, the SUVCW continues its mission, as established by the Grand Army of the Republic, to “keep green the memory” of the men who fought and died to preserve the Union, 1861-1865.

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Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp.

He 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 is a member of Local Independent Online News Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.