UT Martin to host Memorial Day observance
Posted: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 9:02 pm
University of Tennessee at Martin students Sgt. Cole Turner Champion of Huntingdon and Spc. David Hochreiter of McKenzie will be guest speakers at the 10th annual Memorial Day Commemoration at UT Martin.
The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. May 28 at the Hall-Moody Administration Building entrance on campus.
Champion completed basic training and military job training at Fort Jackson, S.C., and Fort Huachuca, Ariz., respectively.
He completed one semester at UT Martin before being deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served in Iraq until July 2009 and then returned to UT Martin in the fall of 2009 to continue his education.
Hochreiter enlisted in the Tennessee Army National Guard, completed basic training at Fort Sill, Okla., in 2006 and, in early 2008, deployed to Iraq as a platoon medic. His unit was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
After completion of his year-long deployment, Hochreiter returned home in November 2009 and is continuing his education at UT Martin.
Area veterans are asked to call Janice Sims at (731) 881-7150 to confirm attendance so they can be recognized during the local Memorial Day event.
Capt. Daniel F. Evans, Tennessee Army National Guard officer recruiter, will serve as master of ceremonies. Dr. Robert Mancusi, assistant professor of music, will perform the national anthem and Staff Sgt. Chuck Sadler, Tennessee Army National Guard recruiter, will offer the invocation and benediction. Dr. Tom Rakes, UT Martin chancellor, will welcome guests.
The Tennessee National Guard will present the colors before the ceremony.
The UT Martin Department of Public Safety and members of the Martin Police Department will honor area veterans with a gun salute.
The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Hardy M. Graham Stadium parking lot directly across from the Hall-Moody Administration Building. Eastbound and westbound traffic on University Street, in front of the administration building, will be stopped briefly as the flag ceremony begins and during the gun salute.
In case of rain, the event will be moved to the Student Life Center on the UT Martin campus.
Published in The Messenger 5.19.10