Chairman’s Message

Since our last Dispatch the government shutdown has been lifted. The National Park Service is back in full operation.

We continue to work with our partners, the National Park Service, Bennett Trucking, the Taylor Family Foundation and individuals like yourself, in the furtherance of our goal; placing a Christmas Wreath on every headstone in Andersonville National Cemetery. This will culminate with a wreath laying ceremony at noon on Saturday, December 14, 2019. Our goal this year is 15,000+ wreaths. If you would like to sponsor a wreath, you can go to For every two wreaths purchased ($15.00 each) an additional one will be donated, for a total of three wreaths.

A Memorial Day service was held on Sunday, May 26, 2019. We had a record crowd. The park was beautiful with the Avenue of Flags and a flag placed at each headstone. Thanks to the NPS and all the volunteers who made this happen. Our guest speaker was Captain William Robinson, USAF (retired), a former prisoner of war in Vietnam for 7 ½ years. He is a recipient of the Air Force Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. His message was both moving and inspirational.

I am often asked “how can I get involved with the FOA?” I first explain our mission: To support the National Historic Site at Andersonville. We do this with our time, talents and funding. There is no membership fee, no annual dues. We want you to be a part of the park. Participate, on Memorial Day, POW/MIA Recognition Day, the laying of Christmas Wreaths in December and any other event at the park. Talk about the park, with friends, family, neighbors and co-workers. Donate, any amount to support the projects we sponsor. Go to our web-site:, you’ll find useful information. If you would like to be added to our mailing list and receive The Dispatch, contact us at P.O. Box 186, Andersonville, GA 31711 or e-mail us at: .

We need and value your support. See you at the park.