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William O. Gibson Camp No.123 Sons Of the Spanish American War

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The Sons of Spanish American War Veterans was organized in the Spring of 1927. Its tenets are to perpetuate the memories of the men who served honorably in the War with Spain, the Philippine Insurrection and the China Relief Expedition; to carry on the fight for adequate and equitable legislation for the Veterans of '98 and for those widows and dependent minors in State and National Legislatures; and to concentrate their strength behind drives to keep this a land where the ideals of Washington, Lincoln and the Veterans own McKinley might always hold sway.

Not least in this enumeration of its objects, is the aim to have its members so conduct themselves at all times under all circumstances as to make their veteran fathers proud to call them “Sons” and give into their care a heritage that is second to none!

Freedom. That condition enjoyed by the people of this nation through the leadership of George Washington and which the Spanish - American War Veterans in their youth carried to the people of Cuba.

Patriotism. The love of ones country that inspired the Volunteers of 1898 to forsake all ties of home and business and offer their lives, if necessary, to bring liberty to an oppressed people struggling against tyranny.

Humanity. That sense of duty to our fellow men which animated our fathers in the performance of duty, that relieved the starvation in Puerto Rico, took happiness to the Philippines, provided for the open door in China, and
stamped out yellow fever in our Southern States."

 

What the Organization Does

The Sons of Spanish American War Veterans, in close cooperation with the Auxiliary of the United Spanish War Veterans and the Daughters of 98' to carry out the principles of the organization, which are as follows.

1. Participate in the proper observance of patriotic holidays and especially "Remember the Maine" Day.

2. The Placement of flags on the graves of Veterans of the War with Spain.

3. Through the Departments, Camps and the Members-At-Large, observe the care and upkeep of Spanish American War Memorials and bring any failure to do so to the attention of the proper authorities.

4. With the assistance of the publication, "The National Son," to further inculcate the love and honor of our flag; and uphold the principals of Freedom, Patriotism and Humanity.

5. Encourage in every possible way the importance of all American history to be studied properly in schools