Messages from Ed's Beloved Wife Raquel ("Raqui")
From 2015
November 25, 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.

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,

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.

That's what you are,
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...
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,
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
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,