The program will begin with a 30 minute musical program before John Ward, chairman of the Buncombe County Veterans Council, will ask Noel Hendrix, pastor of Calvary Fellowship, to offer an invocation. The national colors, and the flags of the armed services, will be presented by Junior ROTC groups from Asheville, Enka, Erwin, North Buncombe and Owen. The Pledge of Allegiance will then be led by members of the Asheville Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club.
Ms. Cynthia Breyfogle, director of the Charles George VA Medical Center, Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy and Buncombe County Commissioners Chairman David Gantt will give opening remarks before two keynote speakers offer their reflections on Veterans Day. The first speaker will be Robert LaDu, a World War II Veteran who served in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France and Germany with the 45th Infantry Division. He was wounded twice and was awarded the Bronze Star. LaDu is a retired doctor of Veterinary medicine.
The other guest speaker is Celia Szelwach, She has held a variety of management, consulting, and training positions over the past 20 years including service as a senior-rated paratrooper and captain in the U.S. Army Transportation Corps. In 2011, she was appointed by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to the VA Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans.
The Memorial Service will conclude with a reading by Sgt. 1st Class (Ret.) Warren Dupree, a release of doves, a 21-gun salute by the Buncombe County Veterans Council Memorial Team and the playing of Taps.
All Veterans and members of the public are invited to attend.
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