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Bells Ring Out Across New York Honoring Civil War Veterans 

Waterloo, NY April 9, 2016. A ceremony, conducted by the Mary Gahan Tent #109 of the New York Department of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865 (DUVCW), commemorated the 150 years since the founding of the Grand Army of the Republic.


Bells were rung simultaneously at several locations across the state honoring the men of the G.A.R. The Grand Army of the Republic was a veterans’ organization founded on April 6, 1866 by Benjamin F. Stephenson, with its membership being comprised of honorably discharged veterans of the Union Army, Navy, Marine Corps or the Revenue Cutter Service who had served between April 12, 1861 and April 9, 1865.

We wish to thank those that attended to honor the G.A.R. and all veterans that serve and have served.  

Mary Gahan Tent 109 Participates in Purple Heart Community Dedication

Waterloo, New York – The Village of Waterloo honors the brave service members who have received the distinguished Purple Heart with a new local memorial that recognizes this distinctive military honor. 


The Purple Heart was first instituted by George Washington in 1782 to honor bravery in action. The second and current iteration of the award, dating back to February 22, 1932, is to honor those killed or wounded in combat while serving their country. The Purple Heart is the oldest military decoration presented to our brave service members. 

On May 30th, 2020, the Waterloo community unveiled the new memorial, complemented with various events including a formal ceremony at the memorial site in Lafayette Park.   Caren Cleaveland, PNP and founding member of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865, Mary Gahan Tent 109 of Waterloo performed "All Gave Some, Some Gave All," by Tony Mullins of Serepta LA.


The Tent works diligently to support Fort Drum Platoons in need of items from "home."  It is a rewarding project.


Military families are helped with grocery coupons that were clipped by Tent and community members and used in commissaries.  Thousands of dollars of coupons were clipped and mailed to Fort Drum.


Being a DUVCW gives you the opportunity to commemorate Civil War Soldiers, not only during Memorial Day, but for many other occasions as well.


During the Illumination and Remembrance Ceremony at the American Civil War Memorial on the corners of Washington and Locust Street in Waterloo, NY the Preservationist Award will be given to a well deserving individual. 


Volunteers eligible for the HISTORIC PRESERVATIONIST AWARD will have special interests in the preservation/conservation of cemeteries, grave sites, monuments, statues, artifacts, relics, historical documents, manuscripts and landmarks related to the Civil War, the Grand Army of the Republic and the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865. The winner will be bestowed with a Certificate and Historic Preservationist Pin.

                     WREATH LAYING AT THE
           (Wreaths Across America Participants)

In December the Mary Gahan, Tent 109 perform their Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony at the American Civil War Memorial. It is an honor for the Tent to continue in this role for our “Boys in Blue.” 


The Memorial Tour Committee is hard at work through the Summer.  Tours are given during Open Hours of the History Center and by appointment.

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