Fallen soldiers will be honored Monday with a Memorial Day program at Emma Kelly Theater.
Hosted by the American Legion Post 90, the program will begin at 10:30 a.mm with patriotic music performed by Dr. Michael Braz, said Dan Foglio, past commander and organizer of the event.
Post 90 Commander Tom Barnard will conduct the opening ceremony and Theresa Beebe-Novotny, President of the Statesboro Arts Council, will welcome guests.
Capt. William “Bill” Anderson, USN Ret., will offer the keynote speech. The former helicopter mechanic spent 31 years in the Navy reserve, and will speak about “America- the most successful organizing principle the world has ever known,” he said.
Anderson, who worked in manufacturing management and taught operations management at Georgia Southern University after his military retirement, is married to Jane Brannen Anderson. The couple has three adult children.
Guests of the program will also be able to review poetry by Lonnie Dean Ellis, who served in the Gulf War with the United States Marine Corps before joining the United States Army in 2008. He is assigned to 5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, out of Ft. Stewart.
Ellis, who grew up in Bulloch County, authored a book of poetry, “War and Peace and Poetry,” while deployed to Iraq in 2009-2010. The works were “a way to capture the emotions and feeling of the soldiers and family members “while soldiers were deployed.
The program will also feature tributes to fallen heroes, with veterans offering intonement of names of Bulloch County veterans who lost lives during various wars.
Sen. Jack Hill will offer memorial statement before the closing prayer.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.