Messages from Ed's Beloved Wife Raquel ("Raqui")
From 2019-2020
May 18, 2020

Below are some additional photos from the MOWW Chapter CA-186 luncheon that was held in January.  These were taken by Gayle Worley.
May 9, 2020
A Tribute to Ted, Fred and Ed, on the occasion of Ed's Birthday


Dear Family and Friends,

On the coming occasion of Ed's birthday on May 9, 2020, I am sending a TRIBUTE to:

                      TED, FRED AND ED
         THREE MEN I WILL NEVER FORGET!
         CREATORS, INNOVATORS & ENTREPRENEURS
         LOVING, CARING and TRUE AND LOYAL PARTNERS
                   In INTERCANE PACIFIC LTD.
                   with my brother, PAUL RAMIREZ
                 and their widows, Joy Tilby and Audrey Rajic and me
         who together forged lasting friendships and will keep in our
                  MINDS AND HEARTS FOREVER.

I am sending as attachments their obituaries and photos of them together with other Board Members and Amb. Ed Bobinski

I am also including the Poem; WE REMEMBER THEM which was read at Ed's CELEBRATION OF LIFE at ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY on June 28, 2013.

With Love and Prayers,
Raqui

[NOTE:  Please click here for Raqui's Tribute page.]



To the Greenblatt Family:

Dear Sister Sue,

WHAT A TOUCHING MESSAGE TO ED ON HIS BIRTHDAY, MAY 9, 2020.
I know he is watching from above and taking care of all of us.
I do miss him so much too but I know he will always be with me.

I am sending to all my family and friends.

Love and thanks for your beautiful photograph and special flower, The WHITE CAMELIA,

Raqui
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Dearest Ed,
Have a happy birthday!  Thank you so much for watching, guarding and protecting us always.
We miss you a lot and think about you everyday.

Love always
Dick, Sue and Family
Shizuko Greenblatt   White Camellia Series, Photograph
March 7, 2020
Ed's Seventh Year Anniversary


Dear Family and Friends,

On this day, Ed's 7th Anniversary, I wrote this poem to honor him and it won Second place in the Scott Rubenstein Poetry Contest sponsored by the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor in Feb. 2020 and will be published in the Spring issue of "THE QUAN." I am sending it as an attachment together with a photo of Ed and John Boone when they received the Distinguished Service Cross from Gen Douglas MacArthur on June 13, 1945 amidst the rubble of Manila.


                                                  MEMOIR ADAPTATION:
                 In memory of my husband, Col. Edwin P. Ramsey, 26th Cavalry PS

FROM: Dr. Raquel R. Ramsey, widow
Email address: raquiramsey1946@gmail.com
                                  
                                       THE TRUE MEANING OF COURAGE

It was all devastation before you
But an orchid came in your view
You knew that life would not be the same
If you did not survive because of the pain
The pain and suffering you could see
From your comrades who stood by your side
Fighting by day and by night,
You continued onward, and endured
Always hoping that it would turn out right
You fought with all your might
Overcoming the sickness and the uncertainty
Of being caught and killed
What was your destiny?
You loved your sister and your Mom
And knew that one day it would come
That you won’t see them anymore
Because you were at death’s door
However, you struggled on
To fight for the rights of the people and country
That you learned to love
Filipinos and Americans side by side
Fighting for what is RIGHT!
You said in your letter to Mom and Nadine
“I refuse to surrender and will continue to fight
Until the end, either of my life or the war”
For we needed to achieve Victory
Against the tyranny and oppression of the enemy
For the sake of Freedom and Democracy



I chose the song, "THE MORNING AFTER" by Maureen McGovern which won the Academy Award in 1972 from the movie, "POSEIDON ADVENTURE." it expresses the hopefulness that Ed and the Filipino and American Forces had about the dawning of a new day and looking forward to winning the war which is the sentiment in my poem, "THE TRUE MEANING OF COURAGE." as a tribute to Ed and his comrades in World War II.
This song was sang by my student, Rose Bolster from the University of Santo Tomas, when Ed and I would watch her show at the Manila Garden Hotel. It carries a lot of memories of Ed and me.
       THE MORNING AFTER

There's got to be a Morning after
If we can hold on to the night
We have a chance to find the sunshine
Let's keep on looking for the light

Oh, can't you see the Morning after?
It's waiting right outside the storm
Why don't we cross the bridge together
And find a place that's safe and warm?

It's not too late, we should be giving
Only with LOVE can we climb
It's not too late, not while we're Living
Let's put our hands out in time

There's got to be a Morning after
We're moving closer to the shore
I know we'll be there by tomorrow
And we'll escape the darkness
We won't be searching anymore

There's got to be a Morning After
There's got to be a Morning After
So, my dear ones let us always be hopeful in our lives, as Ed and his comrades fought onward, and NEVER SURRENDERED!

Thank you for the love and support you gave me at the most difficult time of my life.

Love and prayers,
Raqui
February 5, 2020

The upcoming film about Ed's sister Nadine Ramsey was recently announced in the INM's January issue of Across the World with Awee Abayari.  Click below for a closer look.
January 22, 2020

Raqui was a guest speaker at January's luncheon meeting of the MOWW, Chapter CA-186.
Raqui explains the poster about Ed's story at the Luncheon meeting of the MOWW at the Billingsley Restaurant on Jan 22, 2020
Col. Dave Worley presents a Certificate to Raqui for her discussion about Col. Ramsey's life and military career during WWII in the Philippines
January 21, 2020

Raqui is a guest speaker at January's luncheon meeting of the MOWW, Chapter CA-186.
December 16, 2019

Raqui's annual Christmas letter may be downloaded here.

Also, a book about World War II heroes called Valor of Many Stripes: Remarkable Americans in World War II has been written by Scott Baron and mentions Ed along with several photos.  It is currently available on Amazon.
December 2, 2019

This is a link to the film Comrades in Arms by Aperture Films where I was interviewed and is now shown at the visitor center of the American Cemetary in Manila.  They interviewed me two years ago at home.
July 22, 2019

The International Reporter noted Ed's Remembrance on May 9, 2019 and the Never Surrender screening at the Laemelle Royal Theater in Los Angeles on May 8, sponsored by the Collins and Katz YMCA.  Click to download.
June 28, 2019

Dear Family and Friends,

On this Day, June 28, 2013, My LOVE went away,
it was hard for me to say;
"Goodbye" one more time
and as I received the Flag
and the Symbol that it carries,
for he was my HERO and the Nation's too!

So now I am left with only his memory
and his constant prayer of Raqui "BE BRAVE"
The song "YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE"
conveys that sentiment so well
and makes me feel strong again!

YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE
by Rodgers and Hammerstein from the Musical "CAROUSEL"

When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don't be afraid of the dark

At the end of a storm
There's a golden sky
and the sweet silver song of a lark

Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
though your dreams be tossed and blown

Walk on, Walk on
With hope in your heart
And You'll never walk alone
You'll Never Walk Alone

Thanks my dear family for being there with me through all these years
walking beside me and giving me LOVE and STRENGTH.
I am so grateful to have you All in my Life! Ed smiles from above!

I am sending as attachments a photo of Ed's Burial in Arlington then,
and his tombstone now.

Love and prayers,
Raqui

May 9, 2019
Happy Birthday, Ed! 


Dear Family and Friends,

Death Leaves a Heartache No One can Heal
But Love leaves a Memory No One can Steal!
So here's to the Memories of Ed and Me in Hawaii...
Also the view from our balcony at the Hale Koa Hotel in 2004.

I am also sending as an attachment a poem 
 "I Heard your Voice in the Wind Today"
sent to me by my dear nephews, Daniel and Amy
which carries the feelings I have inside as I remember Ed
and miss him so dearly...

I chose the song " SMILE" composed by Charlie Chaplin in 1936;
John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons added the lyrics in 1954.
as I know Ed wants me to be happy and carry onward
as I continue my journey and SMILE rather than CRY for him.

                            SMILE

Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though it's breaking
When there are clouds in the sky, you'll get by
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You'll see the sun come shinning through for you

Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That's the time you must keep on trying
Smile, What's the use of crying?
You'll find that life is still worthwhile
If You Just SMILE.


We will be remembering Ed with a screening of "NEVER SURRENDER: THE ED RAMSEY STORY" on the eve of his birthday, May 8, 2019 at the Laemmele Royal Theater in Santa Monica, West Los Angeles, CA at 4:00-6:30 PM. There will be a reception and a Q & A after the showing. Here is the flyer and invitation to the event sponsored by the Collins and Katz YMCA.

All my love and thanks for being such a loving and supportive family,
Raqui

I Heard Your Voice in the Wind Today

I heard your voice in the wind today
and I turned to see your face;
The warmth of the wind caressed me
as I stood silently in place.

I felt your touch in the sun today
as its warmth filled the sky;
I closed my eyes for your embrace
and my spirit soared high.

I saw your eyes in the window pane
as I watched the falling rain;
It seemed as each raindrop fell
it quietly said your name.

I held you close in my heart today
it made me feel complete;
You may have died...but you are not gone
you will always be a part of me.

As long as the sun shines...
the wind blows...
the rain falls
You will live on inside of me forever
for that is all my heart knows.

- Unknown

March 7, 2019
Ed's Sixth Year Anniversary


Dear Family & Friends,

You are Gone but Never far away from me
You remain in my Thoughts and in my Heart.
You are Gone but the orchids bloom for Thee,
all six plants in my home and one from Hawaii
from Mel and Paula Levy.
Just like in your story in "Lt. Ramsey's War"
You saw life amidst the fear of death.

"It was an orchid, depending from a limb just a few feet away
beyond my reach. It was the only living thing amid the desolation
of the place and its petals pulsed seductively in the air;
this vision seemed to restore me."

I look at the orchids daily and I know you are alive,
and ever so close to me;
and my sadness leaves me,
I feel refreshed and ready to face another day without YOU!

Since I saw you in my dreams.
this song from Michael Bublue' fits so well.

         CLOSE YOUR EYES

Close your eyes
Let me tell you the reasons why
Think You're one of a kind
Here's to you
the one that I suppose is true
Do what you got to do
You're one of a kind
Thank God you're mine

You're an Angel dressed in armor
You're the fair in every fight
You're my life and my safe harbor
Where the sun sets every night
And if my love is blind
I don't want to see the light
It's your beauty that betrays you
Your smile gives you away
"Cause you're made of strength an mercy
And my soul is yours to save
And when this much is true
When my world was dark and blue
I know the only one who rescued me was you

Close your eyes
Let me tell you all the reasons why
You're never going to have to cry
Because you're one of a kind
Yeah here's to you
That one that always pulls us through
You always do what you got to do babe
Because you're one of a kind

When your luck was down in me
I know I'm finally free
So I tell you gratefully
Yes You'll be in my heart
is yours to keep

Close your eyes..... refrain
You're the reason why I'm breathing
With a little look my way
You're the reason that I'm feeling
It's finally safe to stay.

We stayed 34 years wonderful years together!
So I send you photos from our special time in those years.
Our New Year's Day in Honolulu at the Army Museum in front of the
painting of the Last Cavalry Charge with curator, Pierre Moulin in 2011,
and the installation of his plaque at the Mount Soledad Memorial
Foundation in La Joya, CA. in 2006. So many Memories...

Thank you for standing by me in those difficult days and today
as I continue my journey in life without him.

Love and prayers,
Raqui
Also, Victor Verano of the PSHS has posted a video of Ed recalling how the last cavalry charge in US history came about.  The video may be viewed here.