Messages from Ed's Beloved Wife Raquel ("Raqui")
May 9, 2016

Dear Family & Friends,

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY To You All!  I think of Nelle, Ed's mother who was a great influence on his life enrolling him in the Oklahoma Military Academy and preventing him as Ed says " from becoming a juvenile delinquent." and the rest is history...

So tomorrow, as we celebrate Ed's 99th birthday, I would like to share a birthday card as an attachment, written by Tony Chanco, one of his men on May 9, 1945 as he was  recuperating from the USAFEE BASE HOSPITAL in Meycawayan, Bulacan in the Philippines. There is also a greeting from all the Surgeons of the hospital which really touched me deeply as they saved his life.

So I wrote this Anachronistic Poem to best describe my darling Ed:

E- Enduring, the kind of LOVE we have

D- Daring, his valor & strength as he persevered through Hell

W- Wise, always chose the right way no matter how difficult it was
      and even when he made mistakes, he recognized his fallibility

I- Intrepid, his story in "Lieutenent Ramsey's War" tells it all

N- Never gave up in spite of adversity; he never surrendered to the enemy

A perfect title for his documentary: "NEVER SURRENDER: THE ED RAMSEY STORY."


I chose the song by Frank Sinatra and written by Cole Porter, "NIGHT & DAY."
to express how much I miss him daily.

                                              NIGHT AND DAY

                            LIke the beat, beat, beat of the tom tom
                            When the jungle shadows fall
                            Like the tick, tick, tock of the stately clock
                            As it stands against the wall
                            Like the drip, drip, drip of the rain drops
                            When the summer showers through
                            A voice within me keeps repeating
                            YOU, YOU, YOU

                            Night and day you are the one
                            Only you beneath the moon or under the sun
                            Whether near to me or far, it's no matter darling
                            Where you are
                             I think of you

                            Day and night, night and day
                            Why is it so that this longing for you
                            Follows where ever I go
                            In the stormy tropic moon
                            or the silence of my lonely room
                            I think of you

                           Night and day, day and night
                           Under the hide of me, there's an Oh such a hungry yearning
                           burningi inside of me
                           And this torment won't be through
                           Till you let me spend my life making love to you
                           Day and night, Night and Day

That's my dream and it only become a reality when I dream of him
I will always keep him in my heart and mind and say

                            HAPPY BIRTHDAY My LOVE!


With love and prayers,
Raqui
November 25, 2015


THANKSGIVING 2015
 
On This Thanksgiving...
 
I think of you my Family and Friends,
who sheltered me when I was low,
who cheered me up when I was sad,
who prayed for me when I was sick,
who made me strong when I was weak.
 
who laughed with me and made my heart aglow,
who dined with me in every place
from home to every state...
who called me to make sure I was fine,
who wrote me a line or two to let me know
you were there for me...
 
I thank God for all my blessings,
and for All of You!
I know Ed is with me and always will be...
May God continue to shower you and your families
with good health, love and peace is my wish
on This Thanksgiving!
 
I'll see many of you in the coming holidays
and we'll celebrate our lives together...
 
So let me end with the Irish Blessing,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand
Until we meet again!


My love and prayers,  Raqui
June 28, 2015
Dear Family & Friends,

Here is my message to Ed on this day, the 2nd anniversary of his interment at Arlington National Cemetary:

You never gave up amidst the onslaught of the enemy, in the jungles of the Philippines in WW II for four long years.  Now you are at peace, resting with your comrades, in the hallowed grounds of heroes in Arlington.  The nation honors you today and I am so proud of you!  I pray for you always
and know you are with me, giving me the courage to carry on with life bringing your legacy.  The orchids that you loved came back to say, "You are here with me today".

I selected this song "Wind Beneath my Wings" by Bette Midler that expresses what I feel about him and how much I miss him.
WIND BENEATH MY WINGS

It must have been cold there in my shadow,
to never have sunlight on your face.
You were content to let me shine, that's your way,
You always walked a step behind.

So I was the one with all the glory,
while you were the one with all the strength,
A handsome face without a name for so long,
A handsome smile to hide the pain.

Did you ever know that you're my Hero,
And everything I would like to be?
I can fly higher than an eagle.
'cause you are the wind beneath my wings

It might have appeared to go unnoticed,
But I"ve got it all here in my heart.
I want you to know I know the truth, of course I know it,
I would be nothing without you!

Did you ever know that you're my Hero?
You're everything I wish I could be.
I could fly higher than an eagle,
'cause you are the wind beneath my wings.

Fly, fly, fly high against the sky,
so high I almost touch the sky.
Thank you, Thank you,
Thank God for you, the wind beneath my wings.
As he rides his horse, Bryn Awryn, on his flight in heaven above, he keeps me strong through your constant love and prayers, my Dear Ones. 

With all my love and thanks,

Raqui
May 25, 2015

Raqui writes, "On this Memorial Day, we Remember Ed at Arlington National Cemetery and his hero, Gen Douglas MacArthur."  Visiting Raqui at her home on that day were Robert and Marina Tidwell.

Lower Photo: Rober Tidwell (AKA Gen Douglas MacArthur) stand beside Ed's prize possession, an Autographed copy of Gen Douglas MacArthur signed saying "With the affection and admiration of your comrade-in-arms, Douglas MacArthur"
Robert and Marina Tidwell at each side of Ed's portrait
Robert Tidwell (AKA Gen Douglas MacArthur) stands beside Ed's prize possession, an autographed photo of Gen Douglas MacArthur saying "With the affection and admiration of your comrade-in-arms, Douglas MacArthur"
Robert Tidwell (AKA Gen Douglas MacArthur) holds the Biography of Gen Douglas Mac Arthur Raqui gave Ed in 1985 as a wedding anniversary gift. 
May 9, 2015  -  Raqui writes:

Dear Family & Friends,

If Ed were alive today, he would be 98. I see him in my dreams and feel him ever close to me and I will LOVE him till eternity!  "OLD SOLDIERS NEVER DIE," and that is true of Ed as we remembered him at the Philippine Scouts Heritage Society reunion April 24-25 at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA.  During the Memorial Tribute and the presentation of the Yellow Rose to widows like me, his heroism as a Philippine Scout was  recalled. The 26th Cavalry Memorial Mounted Unit PS was formed and it embodies the spirit of Troopers like Ed who led the Last Cavalry Charge on Jan. 16, 1942 in Morong, Bataan, Philippines. 

Ed loved the Filipinos and their music and dance, so I have as an attachment his picture with me and the Filipino Dance Troope on his last birthday, his 95th.
I chose the song "Unforgettable" by Nat King Cole to celebrate him on his day.

Unforgettable
That's what you are,
Unforgettable
Tho' near or far               
Like a song of Love
That clings to me
How the thought of you
Does things to me
Never before
Has someone been more...
Unforgettable
in every way,
And forever more
That's how you'll stay.

That's why, darling, its incredible
That someone so unforgettable
Thinks that I am
Unforgettable, too
So just as we celebrated together his 95th birthday, we will continue to celebrate his legacy and the wonderful times we spent with him as he is surely smiling from above and giving me his LOVE.

With love and prayers,
Raqui
March 2015
Dear Family & Friends,

Ed is more alive than ever as evidenced in the recent March/April issue of the World War II Magazine story of "The Last Cavalry Charge" by David Sears and in the playing of the "Col. Ramsey March" by the West Point Band.  In fact, Col. Bob McClure, President of the West Point Alumni Association is coming to present me the disc and a plaque on March 14.  Also, "Lieutenant Ramsey's War" will be republished by the Univ. of Santo Tomas Press in Manila, my Alma Mater which he liberated in WW II.

A man lives on by his words and deeds and indeed Ed is forever alive in his legacy and in the hearts and minds of people who love him like YOU and ME!  I selected this song "This Love of Mine" by Frank Sinatra with Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra in 1941 for his 2nd year anniversary.  It was arranged by Nelson Riddle.
THIS LOVE OF MINE

This love of mine
Goes on and on
Thou life is empty since you've been gone
You're always on my mind, though out of sight
It's lonesome through the day
But oh! the night

I cry my heart out, it's bound to break
Since nothing matters, let it break
I ask the sun and the moon
The stars that shine
What's to become of it, this love of mine
This love of mine.
I know he is watching over me as he has given me a family and so many friends like you who are family too!  Be sure to check the Latest News page for a poster by the Philippine Scouts Heritage Society called "We Remember Them" designed for its Souvenir Program in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

All my love and prayers,

Raqui
June 22, 2014 -
A Salute to my Hero, Ed on the day of his Interment at Arlington on June 28, 2013


Dear Family & Friends

There are ordinary men and there are Heroes. Heroes Never Die!  So Ed walks with me as I carry his legacyI

I remember so vividly the incredible ceremony at Arlington where you all accompanied me and gave me love and support and the memorable "Celebration of Life" where you shared your
Remembrances of Ed and how he had touched your lives.

One of those Special Verses was selected by Col. Rich Cowell and read by him together with BG Mike Bills, Col Doug Morrison and LTG Robert Wilson.

                               
                      WE REMEMBER THEM

           In the rising of the sun and its going down
                     We Remember Them.
     In the bowing of the wind and in the chill of winter,
                     We Remmeber Them.
   In the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring,
                     We Remember Them.
  In the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer,
                     We Remember Them.
  In the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of autumn,
                     We remember Them.
     In the beginning of the year and when it ends,
                     We remember Them.
     When we are weary and in need of strength,
                     We Remember Them.
            When we are lost and sick of heart,
                     We Remember Them.
  When we have joys and special celebrations we yearn to share,
                    We Remember Them.
  As long as we live, they too shall live, for they are part of us, as
                    We Remember Them.


I selected this song from John Denver, "My Sweet Lady", since it captures the words Ed would say to me at this time.

Lady, my sweet lady
Did You think our time together was all gone?
Lady, you've been dreaming, I'm as close as I can be
And I swear to you our time has just began

Close your eyes and rest your weary mind
I promise I will stay right here beside you
The day our lives were joined, we were entwined
I wish that you could know how much I love you

Lady are you happy? do you feel the way I do?
Are there meanings that you've never seen before?
Lady, my sweet lady, I just can't believe its true
And its like I've never ever loved before

Close your eyes and rest your weary mind
I promise I will stay right here beside you
The day our lives were joined, we were entwined
I wish that you could know how much I love you

Lady, are you crying, do the tears belong to me?
Did you think our time together was all gone?
Lady, my sweet lady, I'm as close as I can be
And I swear to you, our time has just began


I cry as I write this lines, but they are also tears of joy, because I am blessed to have had such a love surround me. Thanks for letting me share my feelings as you are all part of my family and I am so grateful to have you all in my life as I continue my journey

With love and prayers,
Raqui
May 9, 2014

Dear Family & Friends,

I am writing this message earlier as I leave for San Antonio, TX on Thursday, May 1-4 with Doug to attend the 30th reunion of the Philippine Scouts Heritage Society where I will moderate the Ladies Panel and sign Ed’s books.

Some Men leave their mark in this world by the way they live
And the difference they make in the lives they touch,
Ed was one of them!

As I continue my journey, and read your Remembrances of him, I know how much he meant to all of you and especially to me… So on his birthday; the 9th of May, I dedicate this verse from the ECLGA (EAST CENTRAL LUZON GUERILLA AREA) in 1964:

When Edwin’s eyes are smiling
Sure it’s like a morn in spring;
In the lilt of Edwin’s laughter
You can hear the angels sing;
When Edwin’s eyes are happy
All the world seems bright and gay
And when Edwin’s eyes are smiling
Sure they steal our hearts away.


I chose this song from Andy Williams to remember him on his day:
             
               The Shadow of your Smile

One day we walked along the sand
One day in early spring
You held a piper in your hand
To mend its broken wing
Now I’ll remember many a day
And many a lonely mile
The echo of a piper’s song
The shadow of a smile

The shadow of your smile
When you are gone
Will color all my dreams
And light the dawn
Look into my eyes
My love and see
All the lovely things
You are to me

Our wistful little star
Was far too high
A teardrop kissed your lips
And so did I
Now when I remember spring
All the joy that love can bring
I will be remembering
The Shadow of your Smile!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY DARLING ED!

We’ll celebrate you on the 9th at the La Jolla Country Club
With Lee and Roz Levenson and all the San Diego family.

With love and thanks for being there with me all this time,
Raqui
March 7, 2014

Dear Family & Friends,

On his one year anniversary, I chose to quote the words of Gen. Douglas MacArthur who pinned the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) on Ed on June 13, 1945 and had spoken these words on March 7, 1945 at the Topside Parade Grounds, Corregidor, Philippine Islands:


Col. Jones:   “Sir, I present to you the fortress of Corregidor.”
     
Gen. MacArthur:  “The capture of Corregidor is one of the most brilliant operations in military history. Outnumbered two to one, our command, by its unfaltering courage, its invincible determination and its professional skill, overcame all obstacles and annihilated the enemy.
I have cited to the order of the day all units involved and I take pride in awarding you as Commander, the Distinguished Service Cross as a symbol of the fortitude, the devotion and the bravery with which you fought.

I see that old flagpole still stands; have the troops hoist the colors to its peak, and let no enemy ever haul them down.”



At a time when there is so much turmoil in the world, it’s good to recall the bravery and steadfast dedication of these men, like Ed, as we pray for our Men and Women of the Armed Forces who face incredible odds in various places of the world.

This is a very difficult month for me as Ed was gone on March 7 but I know that he will be with me for eternity, so I chose this beautiful and heartwarming song from Josh Groban:


“TO WHERE YOU ARE”

Who can say for certain
Maybe you’re still here
I feel you all around me
Your memory’s so clear

Deep in the stillness
I can hear you speak
You’re still an inspiration
Can it be

That you are mine
Forever Love
And you are watching over me
From up above

Fly me up
To where you are
Beyond the distant star

I wish upon tonight
To see you smile
If only for awhile

To know you’re there
A breath away’s too far
To where you are
                                           
Are you gently sleeping
Here inside my dream?
And isn’t faith believing
All power can’t be seen?

As my heart holds you
Just one beat away
I cherish all you gave me every day
                                            
‘Cause you are my
Forever Love
Watching me
From up above

And I believe
That angels breathe
And that love will live on and never leave

Fly me up
To where you are                                         
Beyond the distant star

I wish upon tonight
To see you smile
If only for awhile

To know you’re there
A breath away’s not far
To where you are
                                        
I know you’re there
A breath away’s not far
To where you are


So say a prayer for me tonight as I turn off the light, for I know you are with me in my dreams!

All my love and prayers,

Raqui

February 5, 2014

Dear Family & Friends,

This is a special month for Ed and me as we celebrated my birthday and Valentines Day together every year for 34 years.  However, this year he is not here physically, so I wrote these lines to remember his anniversary on Feb.7

Where are you my Valentine?
I want to celebrate with you as we used to do,
Each and every year
It will never be the same because you are not here with me
But one thing I can say for sure,
You will always be My Valentine
Year after Year!

I selected this song from Andy Williams titled “Love Story” because it tells our life story:

Where do I begin?
To tell the story
Of how great a love can be
The sweet love story
That is older than the sea
The simple truth about the love he brings to me
Where do I start?

With the first hello
He gave the meaning
To this empty world of mine
That never did
Another love another time
He came into my life
And made the living fine

He fills my heart
With very special things
With angel songs
With wild imaginings
He fills my soul
With so much love
That anywhere I go
I’m never lonely
With him along who could be lonely
I reach for his hand
It’s always there

How long does it last?
Can love be measured by the hours in a day?
I have no answer now
But this much I can say
I know I’ll need him till the stars all fade away
And he’ll be there
And he’ll be there!

So all you young lovers on this Valentines Day,
Hold your loved one so tightly so he /she never goes away
Since your love comes from up above
And the bond is so special
It will remain alive till the very last day!

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!!

All my love and good wishes,
Raqui
January 19, 2014

Dear Friends,

I am sending you a picture of the New Years Eve Ball at the Del Coronado Hotel with my family from Canada and Admiral Lee and Roz Levenson.
It was particularly emotional since this was the night I met Ed 34 years ago and we became life time partners after a dance.

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas
January 6, 2014

Dear Family & Friends,

I just returned from the Del Coronado Hotel in San Diego where we celebrated Christmas and the New Year with family and friends. I reconnected with so many of you and it was a magical time. Since Ed and I met on New Years Eve, I wrote this poem and dedicate it to him.

Where were you on New Years Eve?
Whose arms were you holding as you danced across the floor?
When it’s exactly twelve o’clock that night
You welcomed the New Year on New Years Eve.

It seemed crazy to suppose that I was the one you chose
To dance and be a partner for life from that New Years Eve Night
But that’s what will always be from now until eternity
I will dance with you my love on New Years Eve!!!


I selected this song from Andy Williams as I wish you all A Happy and Healthy 2014!

May Each Day in the week be a good day
May the Lord always watch over you
And may all of your hopes turn to wishes
And may all of your wishes come true
May each day in the month be a good day
May you make friends with each one you meet
And may all of your daydreams be memories
And may all of your memories be sweet
The weeks turn to months and the months into years
There’ll be sadness and joy; there’ll be laughter and tears
One thing I pray to Heaven above
May each of your days be a day full of love
May each day of the year be a good day
May each dawn find you happy and gay
And may all of your days be as lovely
As the one you shared with me today.
May each day of your life be a good day
And Good Night!!!

I have not had the chance to open your cards and letters as well as respond to your emails. I will do so in the coming weeks.

Thank you all for remembering Ed and me during our anniversary and all the past 34 years of our time together.

Hope you had a marvelous time with your families and that the New Year brings you blessings and peace!

Love and prayers,
Raqui
December 3, 2013

Dear Family & Friends,

I am sure a number of you have already received my song and poem for Ed’s 9th month anniversary as I mailed it to you in my Christmas card as a Christmas letter. If you haven’t received it yet, it’s because the post office is very busy and I will try to get them to you in the coming weeks or so.

However, the best way to remember Ed. is to know where he was on Dec. 7, the attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. You will find that answer if you have Ed’s book, “Lieutenant Ramsey’s War” by Ramsey and Rivele and peruse pages 42-51 with a title of Philippine Scouts and a subtitle of TNT. It’s amazing how he had no idea of what he was to face in the coming 4 years behind enemy lines. So as we commemorate Dec. 7, we think of Ed and his role in the Pacific Theater.

Have a Happy Hanukkah, a Blessed Christmas and a Healthy New Year!


My love and thanks for your emails, cards and phone calls.

Raqui
Download Raqui's 2013 Christmas Letter
All my love,

Raqui