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President's Message

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

President’s Message

Frank McMeen, APTA President

Every now and then something tends to remind me of the rich heritage of my city of Jackson.  Few are aware of Jackson being the home of M. D. Anderson.  We remember him for the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX but few people, event natives of Jackson know of his deep roots here in Jackson. His body lies reposed in our historic cemetery in a very plain headstone.  This unassuming man has changed the treatment of cancer and given life back to patients fighting this dreaded disease.

Today there stands a memorial that reminds us of his contributions to our world in his fair city.  While it was 79 years in the making, we have chosen to honor this great man.
As I look at the 15 or so historic homes across our beautiful state, I am reminded of the many lives of great men and women who have built our state into the wonderful place we live.  Cities were impacted by their lives.  Businesses flourished.  Families were raised. 
Large and small, these historic homes and buildings are part of our rich heritage.

Scattered around the state, we see post offices that brought the world to small, rural communities.  Historic cemeteries where those who made were founding fathers of our cities lie in rest.  Educational structures that provided generations with classical learning.
Our wonderful state is blessed with the APTA and our commitment to maintain our rich stories of greatness.  APTA is historic itself.  It is the oldest historical organization and began with the noblest designs.

Thank you for keeping the next generation informed and educated about our wonderful history.  APTA is blessed with wonderful pieces of history; Tennessee is blessed with a wonderful organization as APTA.