Tuesday, Feb. 12, is the 280th anniversary of the founding of Georgia. Georgia Day is recognized by schools and civic groups to honor the memory of those early settlers.
James Oglethorpe, a trustee of the Province of Georgia, was the leader of a small group of settlers who landed on Feb. 12, 1733, near what is now the city of Savannah. When the 13 colonies declared independence from Great Britain, Georgians fought in the Revolution. Later, in 1787 the U.S. Constitution was written, and Georgia was the fourth state to ratify the new constitution.
As a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, I urge people of this state to pause and remember Georgia Day.
Virgelia C. Meek