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George Weinmann receives his award from Major General Robert E. Grim, Commanding Officer of the Sons of Veterans Reserve, SUVCW

Honors for Greenpoint Monitor Museum’s George Weinmann

On November 19, 2013, America marked the 150th Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s famous “Gettysburg Address.” Four days later, in Gettysburg, PA, Captain George J. Weinmann, Vice President of the Greenpoint Monitor Museum, was honored for his leadership in organizing the Museum’s 150th Anniversary of the launching of the USS Monitor event in Greenpoint last January.

A Gold Star and certificate were presented to Weinmann by Major General Robert E. Grim, Commanding Officer of the Sons of Veterans Reserve, SUVCW.

Weinmann, Commander of Oliver Tilden Camp #26, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, was the lone recipient of the Alfred Woolson Award for the best Sesquicentennial Signature event in the country.

In addition to his successful commemoration of the Monitor’s launch, Weinmann was recognized for his work on the 150th Anniversary of the sinking of the Monitor, which also took place last January, at Green-wood Cemetery, where several USS Monitor crewmen are buried. His regiment received the Commander’s Unit Citation Award for these events. The award is the highest award given to a unit in the Sons of Veteran’s Reserve, the uniformed members of the Sons of Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW).

Captain Weinmann is a lifelong resident of Greenpoint. He is the first Vice Commander for Squadron 1771, Sons of the American Legion, for which his father George C. Weinmann was Commander. He is also Senior Vice Commander of the New York State Department of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

Weinmann has dedicated over 25 years as a member of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War to honor his ancestors that fought in the Civil War. His great-great-grandfather, Charles F. Weinmann fought with the 9th New York Vol. Inf. (Hawkins’ Zouaves). His cousin, Assistant Surgeon Grenville Weeks, was a surviving member of the crew of the Monitor when it sank off Cape Hatteras.

As an instructor with the Greenpoint Monitor Museum’s Road Show, Weinmann visits local schools to honor the words of Weeks: “Their names are for history; and so long as we remain a people, so long will the work of the Monitor be remembered, and her story told to our children’s children.”

Photos, history and highlights of the 150th Anniversary of the Launching of the USS Monitor in Greenpoint are available on the Greenpoint Monitor Museum’s website at http://greenpointmonitormuseum.org/150thAnniversary/150thAnniv/150thAnniversaryindex.html.

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