- 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
- Featured Speaker
- Sergeant Lingefelt was born Feb 27, 1923 in Silver City, GA. He entered the Army in December 1942 and officially sworn into service in 1943. Following boot camp, at Camp Howze in Gainesville, Texas, Sergeant Lingefelt was assigned to the 81st Wildcat Division as an infantryman machine gunner. Known as the oldest Division in the Army, the 81st was the first Division to be decorated with a shoulder patch, which depicted a fighting black wildcat. Following maneuvers in Louisiana, the 81st was sent to the South Pacific to secure a group of islands including New Caledonia, New Guinea, Palau, and Angeur as part of a larger offensive campaign known as “Operation Forager.” Following the securing of a B29 base, the 81st Division was sent back to New Caledonia for re-supplying the Division prior to leaving for the Philippines. Rising to the rank of #1 Gunner, Sgt. Lingefelt and the 81st Wildcat Division were deployed to clear the Philippine mountains of the Japanese. During these maneuvers, 80% of his Division contracted dysentery and Sgt. Lingefelt himself lost 60 lbs. Machine Gun Sgt. Lingefelt’s 81st Wildcat Division was scheduled to join with the 77th Infantry Division to make the first beach landings invading Japan when WW2 came to an end. Sgt. George Lingefelt proudly served his Country with two brothers who thankfully survived. Mr. Lingefelt’s current passion, in retirement, is as Scout Master Emeritus of Troop 465 – Hickory Flat, where he has helped develop boys into young men for more than 50 years.
- 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.
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
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.
The Chuck Nation Band
A world class ensemble of award winning performers and one of the most entertaining and versatile groups in bluegrass/acoustic music. Whether it’s old favorites, modern songs, or original material, the Chuck Nation Band delivers professional grade, lively music that engages and entertains an audience from the moment they take the stage until the rousing applause at the end of the show. Close harmony vocals and superb instrumental playing help create their distinctive sound. The band is based in North Georgia.