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Memorial Day Ceremony

Memorial Day Ceremony in downtown Smyrna - us 2800 King Street, Smyrna Ga 30080 for driving directions

Smyrna 2018 Memorial Day Ceremony

Begins promptly at 9:30 am

The following is supplied by the Memorial Day Ceremony Committee

 

Sequence of Events



Pre-Ceremony Music............................................ Mr. Proctor, 116th Army Band, GA ANG                   

Welcome Introduction...................................................................................Chuck Dunlop  

Presentation of Colors (Please Stand)..................................94th Airlift Wing Honor Guard
National Anthem.......................................................................................116th Army Band

Invocation.....................................................Rev. Dr. Jeff Pennington, First Baptist Smyrna

Remarks by Emcee..................................................................................Narayan Sengupta

Remarks by City Representative..................................................................Chief David Lee

Remarks by First Speaker...........................Gunnery Sergeant Victoria Turney, USMC (Ret)

Musical Performance................................................................................116th Army Band

Remarks by Keynote Speaker.....................................................LTG Steve Arnold, USA Ret

Musical Selection......................................................................................116th Army Band

Wreath Laying Ceremony...................................................Narrated by Scott Brandenburg

Honors .................................................................................94th Airlift Wing Honor Guard
Taps (Please Stand)...................................................................................116th Army Band
Armed Forces Medley...............................................................................116th Army Band

Benediction/Adjourn........................................................................................Henry Ahola

"Stars and Stripes Forever".......................................................................116th Army Band

12 Noon   Raise Flags to Full Staff...................................................................Chuck Dunlop

 

Speakers:

Gunnery Sergeant Victoria Turney, USMC (Ret.)

Gunnery Sergeant Victoria Turney enlisted from Nebraska after high school in
1976 to become a Marine at Parris Island, SC.

During her 20 years of service, her personal and service awards include two Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals, two Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals, Good Conduct Medal, and the Nation al Defense Service Medal, South- east Asia Service Medal, the Kuwait Liberation Medal and various service awards.

She served aboard several Marine Corps bases stateside and overseas, as well as  representing the Marine Corps in the community as the public affairs liaison at various recruiting stations.

During her enlistment, she saw many changes in the Marines from when she  joined during the Cold War to being deployed to Saudi Arabia for Desert Shield/Desert Storm and was attached to Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment during the Los Angeles riots.

She retired with 20 years, here in Cobb County at the rank of Gunnery Sergeant  (E-7), with her last duty being as Public Affairs Chief for the Sixth Marine Corps Recruiting District, then headquartered in midtown Atlanta.

She is currently the Marketing & Client Relations Director for Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor, a Marietta-based law firm.  Whether it is leadership in Kiwanis, Center for Family Resources, Lfve Safe Resources, or a mentor in Cobb County Veterans  Accountability & Treatment Court, her efforts have impacted the lives of those she serves – a servant leader heart.

 

Lieutenant General Steve Arnold, USA (Ret.)

Arnold graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1962 and joined the 101st Airborne Division after completing the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Airborne and Jump Master Courses and Ranger school class 6-63, preparing him for his duties in Vietnam in 1966 and 1967.   For his outstanding display of gallantry in action and his devotion to duty, he was awarded two Silver Star Medals and two Purple Heart Medals.

Maj. Arnold was then assigned to the 8th Infantry Division in Germany serving as the division’s deputy G-3, a tank battalion executive officer, and then commanded the 2/13th Infantry Battalion.  He was selected for promotion to brigadier general becoming deputy for training in the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command Headquarters. After one year he was moved to Korea to serve as assistant division commander for operations of the 2nd Infantry Division.  Shortly after the invasion of Kuwait, Brig.Gen.  Arnold become G3 for the Third Army and the United States Army Central Command. Additionally, Arnold commanded a special planning cell reporting directly the commander-in-chief to outline the operational level plans for all land forces in Operation Desert Storm.

In 1992-1993, Maj. Gen. Arnold commanded the 10th Mountain Division involved in Operation Restore Hope in Somalia.  After a short assignment in the Pentagon in the office of the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Arnold was promoted to lieutenant general and was given command of the Third Army and the United States Army Central Command until he retired on 1 April 1997.

 

Organized by: Smyrna Veterans Committee, Veterans Memorial Association of Smyrna, GA Inc., American Legion Post 160, Northwest Speakers, Smyrna Rotary Club, Jonquil City Kiwanis, Chick-fil-A of South Cobb, and JWC Real Estate

 

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