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Eagle Scout Court of Honor Recognition Ceremony: This page displays the Eagle Scout Court of Honor Recognition Ceremony held at Community of Christ Church on 24 February 2013 in Excelsior Springs, MO.

Eagle Scout Court of Honor Recognition Ceremony: This page displays the Eagle Scout Court of Honor Recognition Ceremony held at Woods Chapel United Methodist Church on 14 December 2013 in Lee's Summit, MO.

2013 R.O.T.C. Award Recognition Ceremony : This page includes the R.O.T.C. Award Recognition Ceremony held at Van Horn High School on 30 April 2013 in Independence, MO.

2013 Memorial Day Ceremony: This page displays the Memorial Day Ceremony held at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, MO. Afterwards, a Memorial Day Ceremony was also held at Union Cemetery, Kansas City, MO.

National Medal of Honor Day Ceremony: This page displays the National Medal of Honor Day Ceremony traditionaly held on March 25th of every year. Due to a late winter storm, the ceremony was rescheduled for Mamorial Day on Monday, 27 May 2013. This day honors the 3,454 men and women whose service and sacrifices were recognized with the nation’s highest medal, the Medal of Honor. Awarded since the Civil War, there are 34 deceased recipients buried in the greater Kansas City area.

The Sons of Union Veterans, Westport Camp #64, along with other local heredity groups conducted a recognition ceremony for a Civil War medal recipient buried at Mount Washington Cemetery in Independence, Missouri. Sergeant Thomas Toohey, Company F, 24th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment, received the Medal of Honor on 12 March 1917 for gallantry in action on 30 November 1864, while serving with Company F, 24th Wisconsin Infantry, in action at Franklin, Tennessee. Sergeant Toohey voluntarily assisting in working guns of battery near right of the regiment after nearly every man had left them, the fire of the enemy being hotter at this than at any other point on the line.

The ceremony to honor Sergeant Thomas Toohey was held at 2:30 pm, Monday, 27 May 2013 at his gravesite. Mount Washington Cemetery is located in Independence, Missouri.

Memorial Service for Cornell and Charles Crysler: This page displays the Memorial Service for Cornell and Charles Crysler. The Westport Camp #64, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War; along with other local heredity groups conducted a Memorial Service for Cornell and Charles Crysler, to pay a tribute of respect to our Brother and his father buried at Mount Washington Cemetery in Independence, Missouri. Brian Smarker, Senior Vice Commander of Westport Camp and Past Department of Missouri Commander announced that it was with great honor, to proudly read the City of Independence Proclamation recognizing March 24, 2013, as “Crysler Remembrance Day”, honoring Captain Cornell Crysler and his son Charles Sumner Crysler.

Memorial Service for Davis-Smith Cemetery: This page Westport Camp participated in the memorial service at the Davis-Smith Cemetery located in Raytown, Missouri. This pioneer cemetery is located in what was locally known as the lost township, referring to several hundred acres that were missing from Jackson County’s official land survey plots. In addition to members of the Davis and Smith families, victims of the 1863 Union women’s prison collapse and Confederate soldiers from the 1864 Battle of Westport are buried there.

Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of Union General Thomas Ewing issuing General Order #11: Westport Camp and the SVR 1st Missouri State Militia commemorated the 150th anniversary of Union General Thomas Ewing issuing Order #11 for western Missouri. The event was held at the Restoration Heritage Plaza in Independence, Missouri, on 25 August 2013, which has two Civil War era homesteads owned by the Community of Christ Church’s national headquarters.

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