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Bob Keough speaks after being inducted into The Col. George L. Willard Camp No. 154, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Legion of Merit. (Photo/Michael Terse)


Long Lake's Keough joins Legion of Merit

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - Updated: 9:17 AM

LONG LAKE -- Robert P. Keough, Long Lake, was inducted into The Col. George L. Willard Camp No. 154, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Legion of Merit at the rank of legionnaire, third class during a recent luncheon in Troy.

This award system was created to reward members of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War for service to it and the community. Keough is also chairman of the Council for the Department of New York, SUVCW, the state level of the organization.

The group's goal is to "Keep Green the Memory of Civil War Veterans."

Keough's great-great-great-grandfather and his great- great-grandfather fought for the Union. They were from Bradford County in north-central Pennsylvania.

Keough's command stretches from Green County in the south, along the New York-Vermont border and on to Canada. It is headquartered in Albany.

Union veterans founded The Grand Army of the Republic in 1866. As they started to age and pass away, they created the SUVCW in 1888 to carry on their ideals.

In 1956, when the last Union veteran died, the SUVCW became the legal heir and successor to the GAR. The group repairs GAR monuments, resets and replaces veterans' gravestones, conducts memorial services and gives historic presentations.

Keough is professor emeritus of the College of Imaging Arts & Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester. He has lived with his wife Barbara for the last 10 years in Long Lake.

He is president of the Cornell Cooperative Extension, Hamilton County, Board of Directors and a member of the Long Lake Central School Board of Education through June 30.


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