Sons of Union Veterans of
3038 Stevely Avenue Long Beach, CA

Sunnyside Memorial Restoration

"Brothers and Sisters, as we close these services, the Guard of Honor is withdrawn, the symbols removed, the flags retired; but the memorial we have dedicated remains; guarded by our dead. So long as it shall endure, it shall speak to us and to all of the loyalty and heroism in the army and navy, and of the significant national authority of which our flag is the symbol to every true American heart."

-- from the 1917 G.A.R. Service of Dedication for a Civil War Memorial


The memorial prior to the theft (above)

On March 31, 2011 we learned from the Long Beach Press-Telegram of the theft of the bronze plaques from the Civil War Memorial at Sunnyside Cemetery in Long Beach, California. This memorial was built by the Brothers of the Gen. Henry W. Lawton Camp No. 10, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and the Sisters of the Anna Etheridge Tent No. 58, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and dedicated in December 1935.


Sunnyside Memorial Restoration


The memorial after its desecration (right)

When we became a member of an Allied Order of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.), we assumed an obligation to serve as stewards and guardians of the work done by our Brothers and Sisters who have come before us. Thus we willingly assume the responsibility to spearhead the effort to replace the stolen plaques, and restore this desecrated memorial to the memory of those who fought to preserve the Union 1861 - 1865.

For those wishing to make a monetary contribution to this effort, please make your check or money order payable to SUVCW Camp No. 2 and forward it to:

Sunnyside Memorial Fund
c/o Phillip L. Caines, PCC
704 Virginia Street
El Segundo, CA 90245-2123



Link to Sunnyside Civil War Memorial Restoration Flyer:


Link to Press-Telegram article: 

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