Rep. John Lewis Hosts Promotion Ceremony for Captain Timothy Clements of Atlanta
WHO: Rep. John Lewis
Captain Timothy Clements
WHAT: Promotion Ceremony for Army Captain Timothy Clements
WHEN: 10:30 AM, Friday, September 13, 2019
WHERE: 300 Cannon House Office Building
Captain Timothy Clements was born at Grady Memorial Hospital in the heart of Atlanta and lost his parents at the age of 11. He then entered the foster care system and attended Camp Horizon, a camp for foster children ages 8-11 sponsored by the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services.
He was befriended there by a camp counselor, Bryan Ramos, then a college student at Florida State University, who noticed a special twinkle in Clements’ eye. He was bright, positive, energetic and loved learning. They just clicked and developed a friendship but lost touch with each other as Clements was transported from family to family and city to city inside the foster care system. He experienced the disappointment of never finding an adoptive family, but despite the challenges he faced as a youngster and whatever temptations might have existed to dissuade him, Clements retained his willingness to learn and maintained an openness to new experiences. He continued his studies in high school, and once he became a senior, he reconnected with Ramos.
Throughout college and his entry into ROTC, Ramos and Clements stayed in touch. Since Clements had no known family, he became a part of the Ramos family spending every Christmas and Thanksgiving together. Ramos, now a lawyer, practices employment law in the Atlanta metro region, and though Clements now works in Washington, he calls Atlanta home. Clements continued his career in the U.S. Army and rose through the ranks to become a captain.
The ceremony that will take place on Friday will promote him to the rank of major. Rep. John Lewis will pin Captain Clements with his new rank, assisted by House military liaison Colonel Norberto Menendez. The ceremony will take place on Friday, September 13, at 10:30 AM in 300 Cannon.