WHAT IS THE NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY ASSOCIATION OF GEORGIA?
The purpose--the sole purpose--of our Association is to honor our Veterans, both past and present and to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. We do this through a ceremony held every Memorial Day, as we have done for the past 72 years.
The Officers and Board of the NMDA, along with our Patron Members and Member Organizations, encourage you to attend this ceremony honoring our Veterans and hope you find the experience uplifting and meaningful. And by joining and supporting the NMDA, you will help assure that this particular ceremony will continue for the years ahead and for generations to come.
Master of Ceremonies: ALLEN J. KORONKOWSKI (President, National Memorial Day Association of Georgia)
Keynote Speaker: BRIGADIER GENERAL DIANA HOLLAND
Brigadier General Diana M. Holland assumed command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, South Atlantic Division on July 18, 2017. During her command, Brig. Gen. Holland led the South Atlantic Division’s response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017 and Hurricanes Florence and Michael in 2018. Brig. Gen. Holland’s military awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Bronze Star (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with four Oak Leaf Clusters), the Combat Action Badge, the Senior Parachutist Badge, the German Parachutist Badge and the Silver Order of the de Fleury Medal. She was also recently honored as a 2018 Women Making a Mark Honoree by Atlanta Magazine.
Reflections Speaker: DONNA C. ROWE, US Army Nurse Corps, 1964-1969
Mrs. Rowe entered the Army through the Student Nurse Corp program in 1964 and served as the Head Nurse, Emergency Room in the 3rd Field Hospital, Saigon during the Vietnam War. Her decorations include the Vietnam Service Ribbon and the Army Commendation Medal. Over the years she has been active in community in several organizations including the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, CASA and the Atlanta Regional Commission Environmental Collaborative. She is the first woman inducted into the Georgia Military Veterans Hall of Fame.