Martin Memorial Garden
Amtrak Station, Atlanta, Georgia
Jack Martin was a long time champion of passenger rail in Georgia and the nation.
He was a founding member of the Georgia Association of Railroad Passengers
and a member of the National Association of Railroad Passengers for over 25 years,
having served as its President for 21 years.
Jack's untimely passing on September 1, 2000, touched many
people in all facets of the railroad industry.
After some discussion, it was decided that the most fitting memorial tribute to Jack
would be to establish a garden in his memory at the Atlanta Amtrak station.
Sponsored by Amtrak
and a host of other passenger rail organizations,
the garden was dedicated on July 23, 2001, at a ceremony attended by over fifty people.
On June 22, 2002, a private ceremony was held to unveil the brass plaque with the permanent dedication
Following are some photographs taken at both occasions.
Remarks by Alan Yorker, President of the National Association of Railroad Passengers, in June, 2001.
Seated behind are Faye Martin, Jack's widow, and Al Edelston, Amtrak VP, Intercity East
Remarks by Faye Martin
Unveiling of a board with the text of a permanent tablet to be displayed in the garden
by Alan Yorker and Cheryle Jackson, Amtrak VP Government Relations and Public Affairs.
Below are pictures of the unveiling of the actual plaque, which took place on June 22, 2002.
Memorial marker placed in the garden
"I simply love trains"
Alan Yorker, NARP President (back to the camera), delivering remarks at the unveiling ceremony.
On the left is Matt Martin, next to Faye Martin.
Deborah Wetter, Amtrak General Manager, Gulf Coast Business Group, is on the right.
Alan Yorker and Faye Martin with the plaque.
THIS GARDEN IS
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