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GAR Lapel Button.
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GAR Lapel Button. 6 Years, 10 Months ago  
I found this sweet little item in a vacant lot. Gave me a perfect penny signal, about 2 inches deep. I first thought it was a fancy rivet, but when I cleaned it up at home and looked through my jewelers loupe, this is what I saw. After a quick search on the google I found it is a lapel button from the Grand Army of the Republic. My second GAR relic. I also found my 30th silver coin for this year, a 1960 Roosevelt Dime.
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Re: GAR Lapel Button. 6 Years, 10 Months ago  
In the center is the figure of the goddess Minerva, who represents Loyalty. A soldier and a sailor flank her, clasping hands. These are symbolic of Fraternity. Below the veterans are two children, representing Charity "receiving the benediction and protection of these Comrades" , in the words of the official circular describing the new badge, promulgated in early 1870.

Taken from "Grand Army of the Republic - Department of Wisconsin" by Thomas McCrory
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Re: GAR Lapel Button. 6 Years, 10 Months ago  
The Grand Army of the Republic was founded in 1866 by Benjamin F. Stephenson in Decatur, Illinois. Membership was open to Union Civil War veterans of the various armed services who served between 1861 and 1865. Its mission was to support the huge veteran population by helping to provide pensions, medical care for the disabled, and support to orphans and widows. In 1868, it declared May 30th as a day to honor those who had fallen in battle, which today is recognized as Memorial Day. Members also founded the Old Soldiers Home, which eventually became the United States Department of Veteran Affairs.
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Re: GAR Lapel Button. 6 Years, 10 Months ago  
Cool find and excellent photos Redd! You taught me a lesson on the GAR. I lived near Decatur back in the 70s and never knew the organization started there plus I didn't know about the connection to Memorial Day. AWESOME!!!
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Re: GAR Lapel Button. 6 Years, 10 Months ago  
Nice find,...I once found a G.A.R. medal on the grounds of an old training school in Adrian, Michigan. The medal commemorated the "Silver Anniversary" - 25th encampment of the G.A.R. The designs on both sides is similar to your button. The medal listed dates in 1891 and the event was held in Detroit. I can't tell what kind of metal it's made from but it's the size of a silver dollar and it was quite deep. It was a thrill to think that a Civil War Vet once owned it.



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