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.
Keynote 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.
"What Memorial Day Means to Me": Major General Thomas M. Carden Jr.
Major General Carden was appointed by Governor Kemp in January of 2019 as the 43rd Adjutant General of the Georgia Department of Defense. He is responsible for directing, coordinating, organizing and stationing the Army and Air National Guards of the State of Georgia, the Georgia State Defense Force, and federal and state civilians, ensuring their readiness to perform state and national missions. Major General Carden’s military decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge, and the Parachutist Badge
Honoree Organization: Warrior2Citizen
W2C is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) veterans’ service organization headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, incorporated in 2010. The long-term effects of trauma on military service members, veterans and our civilian first responders — the police, firefighters and EMS personnel — causes significant stress that not only affects them, but also their families. We help these families successfully cope with stress, saving marriages, careers and lives through professional evidence-based programs proven to restore trust and build resiliency in the family unit. These programs are provided at no charge to all post 9-11 military families including the National Guard and Reserves. We also use our programs to help America’s First Responder families, the police, firefighters and EMT personnel; as these families also share identical problems.