Brothers in Action
Brothers Scott & Walker Schwander and Brother Bill Burgess continue to do the good work of the Order. Their latest efforts have been directed toward 1 st Michigan Sharpshooters, Company K Veteran, Cornelius Hall. Besides performing research work . . . more . . .
2016 Department Encampment
Camp No. 14’s own, Department Commander Dale Aurand presided over the 2016 Department of Michigan Encampment held in Lansing on 30 April. This was Department Commander Aurand’s final act in office as his term had come to conclusion. At the end of the Encampment, Brother Aurand was awarded the . . . more . . .
Bruce Catton Memorialized
28 May 2016 brought the Camp to Benzonia for three ceremonies. Robert Finch Camp No. 14 supported by the Sisters of Frances Finch Auxiliary No. 9 conducted a memorial ceremony for Pulitzer Prize winning Civil War author Bruce Catton at his gravesite . . . more . . .
Flag Day 2016 in Traverse City
Robert Finch Camp No. 14 and Frances Finch Auxiliary No. 9 were well represented at the Flag Day ceremonies held at the Elks Lodge #323 in Traverse City. Attending on the Camp’s and Auxiliary’s behalf were Brothers Aurand, Breaugh, Conger, Mattis, and Smith, along with Sister Lisa Smith . . . more . . .
Kingsley Civil War Historical Demonstration
Brothers of Robert Finch Camp No. 14 put on a Civil War Historical Demonstration at the Kingsley Sportsmen Club in Kingsley on 17 July. Brothers brought many historical Civil War and Grand Army of the Republic artifacts for viewing. PCC Bill Skillman and Dan Wambaugh of . . . more . . .
John Henry (Kedgnal) Duvernay Memorialized
On 18 August 2016, the Brothers of Robert Finch Camp No. 14 held a twilight Memorial Service for John Henry (Kedgnal) Duvernay, Co. B, 1st Michigan Sharpshooters at Greenwood Cemetery in Petoskey. Comrade Duvernay is the Great Grandfather of Brother Thomas Duvernay. He also served in . . . more . . .
Save the Cannon in Petoskey
On 31 August, PCC Bill Skillman attended the rededication of the Dahlgren cannon and its new plaque in Petoskey by the Save the Cannon group. Brother Skillman gave a short address to those that had gathered for the event, as well as presented certificates to the group and Barry Cole . . . more . . .
George Hinkley Ceremony
On a blustery Saturday, 08 October 2016, Robert Finch Camp No. 14 assisted by Alexander French Camp No. 28, Bugles Across America, and Frances Finch Auxiliary No. 9 held a rededication ceremony for George Hinkley, Co. G, 20th Michigan Infantry at the Rose Lake Township Cemetery . . . more . . .
Camp 14 Brother Lays Wreath at Tomb of the Unknown
On 13 October 2016, Camp 14’s Military & Veteran Affairs Officer Calvin Murphy was selected to attend the Traverse City Honor Flight to Washington D.C. During the trip, he had the rare honor of placing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier . . . more . . .
Joint Blue-Gray Event with SCV Camp #2257 for Sgt. David Duane
Robert Finch Camp No. 14 had the unique opportunity to have a joint Blue & Gray ceremony with the General Patrick Ronayne Cleburne Camp No. 2257, Sons of Confederate Veterans . . . more . . .
Traverse City and Cadillac GAR Plots Update
Back in the Spring, members of Robert Finch Camp No. 14, Frances Finch Auxilary No. 9, and MOLLUS – Michigan Commandery, completed clean-up projects at the GAR plots in Traverse City’s Oakwood Cemetery and Cadillac’s Maple Hill Cemetery. Upon later visits to see how the gravestones and monuments . . . more . . .
Wreaths Across America
17 December saw the annual Wreaths Across America ceremonies around the area. Robert Finch Camp No. 14 and Frances Finch Auxiliary No. 9 members participated and contributed to the area events. The day saw frigid temperatures and icy roads that limited attendance. SVDC & CC Smith, PDC Aurand, and Brother Byrne . . . more . . .