General James Edward Oglethorpe founded the Colony of Georgia at Yamacraw Bluff, near the present-day Savannah, on February 12, 1733. This event officially began the settlement of the last of the 13 original British colonies in North America. This territory would eventually become the State of Georgia.
To promote greater awareness of this historic moment, Georgia Military College hosted a formal ceremony for the public signing of the Georgia Day Proclamation on Monday, February 12, in the North Wing of the Capitol Rotunda in Atlanta.
Participants in this official ceremony included Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, Colonel Fred Van Horn, Executive Vice President of Georgia Military College; the GMC eighth grade class; the GMC Prep School Marching Band; the GMC Junior College Color Guard; the Junior College Regimental Commander, and Regimental Staff of the 128th Corps of Cadets.
In 1976, under the administration of Governor George D. Busbee, a 1944 graduate of GMC junior college, Georgia Military College was invited to perform a ceremony in the Statehouse celebrating Georgia Day. Each year since that time GMC has presented an Honor Guard and hosted the ceremony for the Governor as he signs and reads his proclamation. It has now become a well-established tradition and Georgia Military College is honored and proud to be able to provide this service to the Governor and to the State of Georgia.
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