South Carolina Guardian Program
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How can a SCV member become a Guardian
So, what is a Guardian? Any South Carolina Division camp member in good standing, who has demonstrated his willingness to serve in this special capacity, who is at least fourteen years of age, and has tended a Confederate soldier’s grave for two years prior, may become a FULL GUARDIAN. All South Carolina compatriots are encouraged to participate in this most worthwhile program to honor our ancestors and protect, care, and maintain their final resting places.
Requirements of a Guardian
Information After Becoming a Guardian
Multiple Grave Sites
GUARDIANS may care for more than one Confederate Veteran’s Grave, and will be so recognized by the Guardian Review Committee. Special certificates or indications on the Guardian Pin may be authorized to signify the care of multiple veterans’ graves. Normally no more than 25 gravesites will be awarded per compatriot. More than 25 may be authorized on a case-by-case basis with approval of the Guardian Committee.
Retirement of GUARDIAN Position
A Guardian must notify the Guardian Review Committee when he is no longer able to carry out his duties for reasons of health or relocation. Under such circumstances, his Guardian position “Will be honorably retired, unless passed on under the provisions set-forth by the Guardian Review Committee.
Wilderness Grave Site
Is defined as a completely neglected and abandoned grave site in a wooded area. Application must be accompanied by before and after pictures of the grave site along with all other requirements set forth in these rules. If this status is approved, applicant will be approved to wear a silver star on the ribbon of the Guardian Medal.
Revocation of GUARDIAN Status
The Guardian Review Committee may revoke a GUARDIAN’S status, if he fails to carry out his duties and responsibilities. The Guardian review Committee has the power to inspect, with or without notice, any GUARDIAN’S Confederate Veteran’s Grave site to confirm compliance with all rules and regulations as specified in SC Division Administrative Order 93-1, 9-27-93.
Bequeathing of GUARDIAN Position
In lieu of retiring his Guardian position, a Guardian may bequeath his position and pass on his responsibilities to another SCV Member in good standing or a blood, male family member. All such transfers must be reviewed and approved by the Guardian Review Committee.
Consider joining a special group of Compatriots. Complete the Guardian Application form to become a Guardian.
For questions and more information you can contact the South Carolina Division Guardian Chairman by email.