|Thomas William Ramsey, Harris Blues|
This weekend we
|Col. James N. Ramsey||, Ramsey's 1st Georgia|
|William T. Ramsey, USN; Nolan Ramsey, Seabees|
In 1866, Columbus, Georgia a group of women from the Soldiers Aid Society formed the Ladies Memorial Association and set aside one day a year dedicated to caring for and decorating the graves of the soldiers buried in Linwood Cemetery. They asked my Great-great- uncle, Col. James N. Ramsey, to speak. On April 26, 1866 "Remembrance Day", what many consider to be the first Memorial Day, Col. Ramsey spoke eloquently to those gathered there honoring the fallen soldiers.
On May 5, 1868 General Order No.11, the order to observe Decoration Day, was signed.
While we remember those who fell in war and in peace, I also remember and thank those men and women who are actively serving in the military of our country.
May we never forget or take for granted the sacrifices made by these brave men and women. May we always honor, remember and respect them for their courage and devotion. We have them and those that went before them to thank for our continued freedom and liberties that we all enjoy.
My wish for you: that you may always live in the land of the free and the home of the brave