- 10:00 a.m. Displays Open to the Public
- 10:15 a.m. Pre-Ceremony Music
- 11:00 a.m. OFFICIAL START OF PROGRAM
- Presentation of Colors
- National Anthem
- Pledge of Allegiance
- “Lest We Forget” POW-MIA
- Laying of the Wreath
- Lieutenant Colonel Calvin A. Lloyd II, USMC (Ret): Upon graduation from the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) with a BS degree in Civil Engineering, Cal was commissioned in the US Marine Corps, as 3rd generation Marine Officer. 2nd Lt. Lloyd was assigned as an infantry Platoon Commander in 9th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division on Okinawa, Japan. During that tour, he served an assignment with the Vietnamese Marines in South Vietnam. As a Naval Aviator and a tour in Vietnam, as a helicopter pilot, Captain Lloyd returned to the Naval Air Training Command as a formation instructor pilot in the fixed-wing T-28B. Upon obtaining a Master of Science Degree, Major Lloyd was assigned to the Defense Communications Agency in the Pentagon as project manager supporting the National Military Command Center. Major Lloyd returned to Okinawa as Operations Officer of VMO-6, then to Marine Command and Staff College in Quantico as Executive Officer of VMO-1 at Marine Air Station, NC. Upon promotion to Lieutenant Colonel, he was assigned as Commanding Officer of Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron 26 and then as Plans Officer for the newly formed Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force, the predecessor of US Central Command, assisting in development of plans successfully executed in initial phases of the Iraq War. Decorations: Defense Meritorious Service Medal, 2 Purple Hearts, 2 Single Mission Air Medals, 33 Strike/Flight Air Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, and Navy Commendation Medal. Cal & wife, Ann, will celebrate their 54th Anniversary on June 11.
- Featured Speaker –
- Colonel (Ret) Patricia S. Blassie: Colonel Blassie is the Deputy Director, Directorate of Manpower, Personnel and Services, Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC), Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. Colonel Blassie served in various positions to include Commander, Air Reserve Personnel Center, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado: Executive Officer to the Chief of Air Force Reserve and Commander Air Force Reserve Command; and served twice as a Mission Support Group Commander at the 911th Airlift Wing, Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station, PA., and the 459th Air Refueling Wing, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. After serving 11 years as an enlisted member attaining rank of Master Sergeant, Colonel Blassie received a direct commission through the Deserving Airman Program in 1989. Her collective years of service totaled 40 years.
- Colonel Blassie was the principal advisor to her family in the identification of her brother 1st Lt. Michael J. Blassie. On Memorial Day 1984, unbeknownst to the Blassie family, Lt. Blassie was interred as the Vietnam Unknown Soldier, Tomb of the Unknowns, Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia. He was disinterred from the Tomb of the Unknown in May 1988, identified by DNA testing, and brought home to his final resting place at Jefferson Barracks, National Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri on July 11, 1998.
- Colonel Blassie’s education includes: 1984 BA in Speech Communication, University of Missouri, 1993 Squadron Officer School, 2001 Air Command and Staff College, 2005 Air War College Maxwell Air Force Base, 2005 Masters of Strategic Studies, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.
- Decorations include: Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with four oak leaf clusters, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, National Defense Service Medal, and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal..
- 21-Gun Salute
- 12:30 p.m. Conclusion of Military Program
- After the Military Ceremony please enjoy a picnic on the grounds, or purchase BBQ available on site, as you listen to live music.
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The poignant and beautiful bugle call of “Taps” will be played by Jon Andersen
The Lone Bagpiper will be Scott McAlilley
A beautiful rendition of “God Bless the U.S.A.” will be performed by Massee McKinley
The National Anthem will be sung by the Fulton County Children’s Honor Chorus which was established in 1991 to unite young singers who have equal passion and commitment to singing. Since the group split into North and South ensembles in 2007, it continues the same tradition of excellence by championing good vocal technique, artistry, commitment and character in its members. Today the North Fulton Elementary Honor Chorus is led by Roswell North Elementary’s Teacher of the Year choral director Katrina Scoggins. Ms. Scoggins has garnered experience leading young performers in Utah and Georgia. The choir and director are honored to lend hearts and voices to help Roswell remember those who have died in our nation’s service.
Our Emcee will be: Moby
Once again Roswell Remembers Memorial Day Ceremony will be hosted by Moby. Moby has a 25-year history as the top morning DJ in Dallas, Houston, and Atlanta, where he was the top-rated morning personality for 10 years. He is creator of “The Biggest Small Town in AMERICA (sm) Radio Network.”
Known for his patriotism, Moby’s respect for those who serve our country, and those who have given their all, is evident as he emcees the military portion of the ceremony.
Picnic & Concert
After the Military Ceremony please enjoy a picnic on the grounds, or purchase BBQ available on site $7.00 per plate, as you listen to live music. A child’s plate $5.00 (hotdog, chips & drink) will be available this year, while supplies last.
Music by the North Fulton Elementary Honor Chorus
The Fulton County Children’s Honor Chorus was established in 1991 to unite young singers who have equal passion and commitment to singing. Since the group split into North and South ensembles in 2007, it continues the same tradition of excellence by championing good vocal technique, artistry, commitment and character in its members. Today the North Fulton Elementary Honor Chorus is led by Roswell North Elementary’s Teacher of the Year choral director Katrina Scoggins. Ms. Scoggins has garnered experience leading young performers in Utah and Georgia. The choir and director are honored to lend hearts and voices to help Roswell remember those who have died in our nation’s service.