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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • US Army JROTC cadet receives Sons of Union Veterans award

  • Cadet Hector Cruz, a student enrolled in the JROTC program at Waynesville High School in Waynesville, Missouri, was presented the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War ROTC Award.
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  • Cadet Hector Cruz, a student enrolled in the JROTC program at Waynesville High School in Waynesville, Missouri, was presented the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War ROTC Award.
    The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War ROTC Award is presented to a cadet who "shows a high degree of patriotism to his/her Nation and has demonstrated a high degree of academic performance and leadership." The award was sponsored by Sigel Camp #614, Department of Missouri, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Randal A. Burd, Sr., ROTC Award Coordinator for Sigel Camp #614, presented the award during the ceremony at Waynesville High School on April 25, 2013.
    Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War is the legal heir and representative of the Grand Army of the Republic, or GAR. The GAR was a fraternal organization of Union Civil War veterans which existed from 1866 – 1956 and was among the first organized advocacy groups in American politics. The GAR was succeeded by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, composed of male descendants of Union Civil War veterans. The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War are committed, by honoring deserving cadets such as Cadet Hector Cruz, to recognizing those who have stepped forward to accept the challenge of leadership in defending our Nation's flag, principles, and freedoms. It will be these young people who will eventually serve in our Nation's military, under the flag our forefathers fought to preserve.
    Sigel Camp #614, Department of Missouri, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, meets monthly at the Columbia College campus in Rolla, Missouri. For more information or to get involved, email Senior Vice-Commander Randal A. Burd, Jr. at raburdjr@gmail.com.

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