General Orders No. 6
SERIES 2004-2005
Stephen A. Michaels, Commander-in-Chief
6623 S. North Cape Road
Franklin, WI 53132-1227
Phone: (414) 425-4648

  1. The observance of "Union Defenders Day" was established by the Sons in 1890. All Brothers are encouraged to observe President Lincoln's birthday on February 12, 2005

  2. The Lincoln Tomb Ceremony will again be held at 11 a.m., April 15th at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois. The GAR Founder's Day Ceremony, honoring the Dr. Benjamin Franklin Stephenson, will be held Saturday, April 16th, at 2 p.m., at Rosehill Cemetery in nearby Petersburg, Illinois. All brothers are encouraged to attend these events.

  3. The National Council of Administration will conduct its Spring meeting on Saturday, April 16th, at 8 a.m., in the basement of the Grace Lutheran Church, 714 E. Capitol Ave., Springfield, Illinois. Our thanks to PDC Ronald Clark and Gen. John A. McClernand Camp 4 for their assistance with the arrangements for the Lincoln Tomb and GAR Founder Ceremonies, and Council meeting.

  4. The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial will be held in 2009. PCinC Alan R. Loomis is hereby appointed liaison and point of contact for this project. Many states, in particular Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky, where Lincoln lived, have already formed task forces to begin preparations. Wherever practical, Camps and Departments should offer their assistance, coordinating their inquiries and other communications with PCinC Loomis by emailing him at

Ordered this 2nd day of December 2004.

By Order of:
Stephen A. Michaels

Michael S. Bennett, PDC
National Secretary

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