Clarence “Tiger” Davis to speak at Andersonville Memorial Day Observance
Contact: Eric Leonard, 229 924-0343, x. 201
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia - Vietnam Veteran Clarence "Tiger" Davis will be the featured speaker at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 26, 2013, at the annual Memorial Day Service in Andersonville National Cemetery.
A native of Wilkes County, Georgia, Davis' family moved to Baltimore in 1948. After high school, he served four years in the United States Air Force. He is a former Post Commander of the Otha Spriggs Memorial American Legion Post, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Black Vets of All Wars, and Vietnam Veterans of America. In November 1982, Clarence was elected to the House of Delegates of the Maryland General Assembly where he held several leadership positions prior to his retirement in December 2006.
Memorial Day activities will begin at 1:30 p.m. in Andersonville National Cemetery with instrumental music performed by the US Army Maneuver Center of Excellence Band. The formal program will begin at 2:00 p.m. The ceremony will feature wreath presentations by several military, civic, and patriotic organizations, including the Friends of Andersonville.
"The Sunday service is the high point of the Memorial Day weekend at Andersonville," remarked Superintendent Brad Bennett, "Please join us in remembering the sacrifices of those men and women who have given their lives in defense of our nation." Additional information about Memorial Day weekend at Andersonville can also be found at: http://go.nps.gov/memorialdayandersonville
Andersonville National Historic Site is located 10 miles south of Oglethorpe, GA and 10 miles northeast of Americus, GA on Georgia Highway 49. The national park features the National Prisoner of War Museum, Andersonville National Cemetery and the site of the historic Civil War prison, Camp Sumter. Andersonville National Historic Site is the only national park within the National Park System to serve as a memorial to all American prisoners of war. Park grounds are open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. with the museum opening at 9:00 a.m. Admission is free. For more information on the park, call 229 924-0343, visit on the web at www.nps.gov/ande/, or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/AndersonvilleNPS
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Did You Know?
Around 30,000 Americans were kept as prisoners of war in and around New York City during the Revolutionary War. Most of these prisoners were held in warehouses, churches, and on ships in nearby harbors. An estimated 18,000 (60%) died as prisoners from 1775 to 1783. Of those, over 10,000 are thought to have perished on prison ships, most notably the Whitby and the Jersey.