Norwegian soldiers who died in Andersonville Prisoner of War Camp in 1864-65 will be commemorated at Andersonville National Historic Site on Memorial Day, May 24, 2009.
This will be the first time that the Norwegian soldiers who died in Andersonville are commemorated with a program. Colonel Ole Martin Hojem from The Norwegian Embassy in Washington, D.C. will give a speech and present the wreath in memory of the Norwegian Soldiers. Superintendent (and Norwegian descendant) Fred Boyles, Andersonville National Historic Site, will be in charge of the program.
Program, Sunday, May 24th, 2009:
11.00 am. Inside the main building.
Welcome by Fred Boyles, superintendent at Andersonville National Historic Site.
Information about Andersonville, from Prisoner of War Camp to National Historic Site.
Torbjorn Greipsland, the author of the bilingual book “Nordmenn i dødsleirene. Tusen norske soldater døde i den amerikanske borgerkrigen” (”Norwegians in the POW Camps. Thousand Norwegian Soldiers died during the American Civil War,”) will speak about some of the Norwegian prisoners of war in Andersonville.
Greeting by Colonel Ole Martin Hojem, The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Washington.
12.00 am. Outside, at the site with all the grave markers
Visit some of the markers set up for Norwegian soldiers.
As part of the main program Colonel Ole Martin Hojem, Royal Norwegian Embassy, will present the wreath in memory of the Norwegian soldiers.
Where: Andersonville, Georgia, is located just off Georgia Highway 49 between Americus and Oglethorpe, some 21 miles northeast of Plains.