Special to the Citizen
On Sunday, November 8, 2015, the Henry Walton Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Madison Cemetery Stewardship Commission led a dedication ceremony to honor Thomas Norris and William Pearman, Jr., Revolutionary War patriots. Both men are buried in the Old section of the Madison Cemetery. Due to very inclement weather, the ceremony was moved from the actual burial sites to the sanctuary of the United Methodist Church. Over 100 people attended the service. Special guests included DAR dignitaries, Bea Fischer, Georgia State Regent, Joyce Patton, Georgia State Vice Regent and Lynn Brackey, Director of all DAR Districts in Georgia and Peggy Bruckner, Central East District Director and member of the Henry Walton Chapter.
Monica Callahan, Planning Director, City of Madison was present and responsible for a great deal of the celebration, along with Jan Manos, Regent of the Henry Walton Chapter. The event was also attended by many interested citizens of the county. The most important part of the ceremony was the unveiling of the two bronze markers, honoring William Pearman, Jr. and Thomas Norris. These markers will soon be installed in the Old Cemetery so everyone who visits, young and old, can stop and pay respects. Mrs. Manos in her dedication stated, “We dedicate these markers to two great men. We know that nothing is really ended until it is forgotten and whatever is kept in memory endures.” Adding to the celebration was the Benjamin Fitzpatrick Children of the American Revolution Society who helped direct and serve the guests during the reception. The Milledgeville Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution was part of the program, presenting the colors and offering to end the celebration with a musket gun salute. Mr. Gregory McClune concluded the program beautifully playing taps. A reception followed the service in the parlor adjacent to the sanctuary.