Statesboro artist Roxie Remley, retired captain with the Women’s Army Corps who fought in World War II, will speak Monday during the annual Memorial Day program at the Averitt Center for the Arts.
Memorial Day is a time of “remembrance and respect for those who fought and were killed (in military duty) since the Revolutionary War,” she said.
The program, organized by program chairman and American Legion Post 90 Commander Dan Foglio, begins at 11 a.m. Monday.
After the opening ceremony, Post Chaplain Charlie Williams will give the opening prayer. Member Jimmie Alderman will lead the Pledge of Allegiance, and Nick Flott, who graduated from Southeast Bulloch High Saturday, will perform the National Anthem.
Foglio said veteran Cliff Holt, USNR, will serve as master of ceremonies. Statesboro Arts Council President Dawn Oliver will welcome guests to the Averitt Center, he said.
Jan Anderson, regent with the Archibald Bulloch Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Post 90 member Don Poe will read ““The Final Inspection,” followed by a speech by member Joe Bill Brannon on “Remembering the Fallen.”
Other veterans will then intone names of Bulloch County veterans who lost their lives in war.
John Meikle will intone the names of veterans of World War I. The names of those who lost lives during World War II—Pacific Theater, will be read by Capt. Bill Anderson.
Bobby Staggs will read names of veterans who lost their lives during World War II—European Theater, followed by intoning of names of those who died in the Korean War by Larry Walton.
Dr. Kevin Purvis will intone the names of the soldiers who died during the Vietnam War, and First Sgt. Bobby Babot will list the names of those who died during the Afghanistan War, he said.
Carol Thompson, assistant director of the Performing Arts Center secretary of the Statesboro Arts Council, will introduce Remley, he said.
After Remley’s presentation, Post 90 member Charles “Skip” Camp will read “A Memorial Day Poem” followed by a closing prayer by Williams.
“Vandy’s has graciously agreed to treat all veterans to lunch” after the ceremony, Foglio said. Veterans should see him after the ceremony for a voucher.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.