Original Sons Of Veteran Medal With Custom Engraved Gold And Enamel Pin - "FILII VETERANORUM" appears on the face of the top bar. The back of the top bar has a pin and hanger. A red, white, and blue ribbon is attached to the hanger. A standard Sons of Veteran medal is attached with an eagle perched atop crossed canons with a laurel wreath in its talons. "SV" is in the center with, "GRATIA DEI SERVATUS MDCCCLXXXI" surrounding. On the reverse is the patent date "NOV 20, 1888 and the Sons of Veterans Coat of Arms. Custom engraved gold and enamel pin has brilliant colors. Both are in excellent condition.
In 1881 the GAR formed the Sons of Veterans of the United States of America (SV) to carry on its traditions and memory long after the GAR had ceased to exist. Membership was open to any man who could prove ancestry to a member of the GAR or to a veteran eligible for membership in the GAR. In later years, men who did not have the ancestry to qualify for hereditary membership, but who demonstrated a genuine interest in the Civil War and could subscribe to the purpose and objectives of the SUVCW, were admitted as Associates. This practice continues today.
Many GAR Posts sponsored Camps of the SV. In 1925 the SV name was changed to Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW), under which its federal charter was issued in 1954. The SUVCW is legally recognized as the heir to, and representative of, the GAR.
Inventory Number: VET 063