NATIONAL WOMAN'S RELIEF CORPS
Auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic, Inc.

WHAT OUR MEMBERS ARE DOING

..… TO PERPETUATE THE MEMORY OF THE GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC

Memorial Day – laying of wreaths at gravesites of Civil War veterans including the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington Cemetery and at Southern National Cemeteries; participate in local civic Memorial Day events.

Lincoln’s Death Day Commemoration – participate in the ceremony and lay a wreath at the tomb of Lincoln on this day of solemnity in April in Springfield, Illinois.

Gettysburg Remembrance Day – participate in the Ceremony of Remembrance commemorating the Gettysburg Address given by President Lincoln at the original dedication of the cemetery on November 19, 1863.

Memorials – annually present a Gettysburg Address plaque to an educational institution in memory of the Grand Army of the Republic.

Living Memorials – urge tree planting to beautify parks and cemeteries in the name of the Grand Army of the Republic.

National Holidays –participating in their proper observances.

Maintain and operate the Grand Army Memorial Museum - provide a place for research and records as a living Memorial to the Grand Army of the Republic, Inc. at 629 South Seventh Street, Springfield, Illinois 62703

..… TO ASSIST VETERANS, THEIR WIDOWS and ORPHANS

Hospital Volunteer Service/VAVS – our members are very active in the Veterans Administration Volunteer Service (VAVS) in V.A. hospitals throughout the country, donating freely of our time and resources through VAVS and in local hospitals, nursing homes, and for shut-ins, such as transportation services for doctor appointments or groceries, donating food or clothing, Christmas and other holiday baskets.

Active Soldiers (our future Veterans) – send cards and care packages to those soldiers in active duty.

Legislation – monitoring the U.S. Congress actions as it regards to our veterans.

Red Cross – participate and support their projects and programs.

Local Community Services – participate and support locally organized or individual projects and programs through volunteerism and donations.

Scholarships – annually giving assistance to worthy young people to procure education at the college level and maintaining numerous paid-up scholarships throughout the United States. Annual gifts to honor students at the West Point Military Academy (West Point, New York) and at the Naval Academy (Annapolis, Maryland).

Child Welfare – promoting with donations of money and volunteer service to private and government-sponsored child welfare programs on the local and national level.

Narcotic Prevention and Education – provide funds to print numerous publications on narcotics for distribution in schools from coast to coast.

Libraries – volunteer time and services at local libraries to advance child welfare and patriotism; set up displays to educate the public about the mission of the Woman’s Relief Corps.

..… TO PROMOTE PATRIOTISM TO OUR COUNTRY,

Patriotic Education – distributing Patriotic literature, such as the American’s Creed and Pledge of Allegiance cards; stressing the patriotic duty and privilege of exercising our constitutional right to VOTE; to love and honor the heroic defenders of our country.

Etiquette of the Flag – distribute literature on what our Flag stands for and how to respect it.

Americanization – promote the teaching of the principles of true citizenship; urging foreigners to become naturalized U.S. citizens by cooperating diligently with other agencies actively engaged in constructive service for the foreign-born.

National Defense – contributing freely (to the limit of our capacity in every emergency) of our money and earnest efforts to learn and counteract influences antagonistic to our Government.

Schools/Education Programs - volunteer time and services at schools, museums, and other forums to advance patriotism and allegiance; to provide educational programs on Civil War history; set up displays to educate the public about the mission of the Woman’s Relief Corps.


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