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[choir singing]

 

>>CADET LT COL JORDAN JANOUSEK: Ladies and Gentlemen and Distinguished Visitors, on behalf of the University of North Georgia, our University Corps of Cadets Advisory Council, the Corps of Cadets, and the Department of Military Science, we would like to welcome you to this year’s Memorial Retreat Ceremony.

 

I would like to introduce Cadet Major Jordan Thrun, the Boar’s Head Brigade Chaplain, who will give today’s invocation.

 

>>CADET MAJ JORDAN THRUN: I invite you to pray with me if you so desire.

 

God, please, make your presence known at this moment. I call upon the Holy Spirit to fill the hearts and minds of those surrounding me now, of those watching from a distance, and to be with the souls of whom we remember this afternoon. Today we honor the students who passed so early in life and our deceased and fallen heroes - especially our alumni who have fallen in battle.

 

The men and women on these memorial walls have paid the ultimate sacrifice - like your son Jesus Christ. Christ gave His life for us - and so did these heroes. They fought to protect our freedoms, our way of life, happiness, security, and so much more. We stop this afternoon and ask you to remember with us all those who gave their lives for freedom, especially our very own.

 

The names that will be read aloud today, all of the precious individuals who are engraved on the walls behind me - once walked the very same grounds upon which we stand. Lord, I ask you to embrace their souls. May they rest in peace, and may perpetual light shine upon them.

Hold onto them forever in eternity and watch over their family, friends, loved ones, and all who take the time to honor them and you. Relieve the pain, ease our suffering, and give us joyfulness and hope.

 

Finally, let our hearts be compassionate, and our minds clear and determined in giving them honor and respect. The Boar’s Head Brigade and the University of North Georgia will never forget them, and we will always stand in support, as well as, continue to contribute to the fight for which they have died for.

 

In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

>>JANOUSEK: Ladies and Gentlemen, please stand for our National Anthem, sung by the UNG Patriot Choir, under the direction of Dr. Jack Broman.

 

>>PATRIOT CHOIR: Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light

What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?

Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,

O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?

And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,

Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.

Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

 

>>JANOUSEK: Ladies and Gentlemen, Colonel Tom Palmer, Commandant of Cadets, University of North Georgia.

 

>>COL TOM PALMER

Dr. Jacobs, general officers, Colonel Cummings, veterans, distinguished guests, alumni, parents, and friends.

 

Welcome to the University of North Georgia’s annual Memorial Retreat ceremony.  I offer a special greeting to our graduates and friends who will view this ceremony from locations all over the globe via the UNG website thanks to the Recall initiative.

 

Each year we come together on this sacred spot to pay tribute to North Georgia graduates who have died while serving their country, to our alumni who have passed away since our last retreat, and to students, both military and civilian, who have lost their lives while enrolled at North Georgia.

 

I am honored to participate in this ceremony.   I especially want to thank the cadets who have worked so hard to make this memorial retreat meaningful.           The cadets of the Boar’s Head Brigade have rehearsed several times this week, and they are standing tall to your front and your rear to experience this special occasion with you.   As you probably know, cadets raise and lower the national colors on this memorial site every day, so they know what hallowed ground is.   I would like to thank the entire Corps of Cadets for their daily service to our university.

 

A special word to all freshman cadets:  I want you to know that only a handful of colleges around our country acknowledge their war dead by remembering them in ceremonies like this one.  You probably came here today because your squad leader told you to get into the formation,   but I want to challenge each of you to return to this location on your own sometime before you depart campus for summer break and read the names on these walls.  

 

Each name represents a human being who is no longer with us.  Each person was a cadet, or an officer, or a son or daughter, or a spouse, or a father, or somebody’s best friend or somebody amazingly like you. If you spend some time reflecting on these names, I believe you will come to understand the importance we place on that army value known as “respect.”  It’s more than just a noun—in this case, it’s heartfelt, personal admiration for your comrades in arms who paid the ultimate price.      

 

Every year at this time, I renew my feelings for this memorial retreat ceremony.  For me, it is the most meaningful ceremony of the entire year.  This ceremony should remind all of us to focus on that which is truly important.   It convinces us that North Georgia must continue to produce the best Army lieutenants in America.  It challenges us to ensure our cadets learn character development as well as an academic discipline.  It reminds us that some of our graduates are still serving on foreign fields in harm’s way, and finally,  it inspires  us  to  respect those who fought and died to preserve our way of life in America.

 

This year, we are pleased to report that no names have been added to the monument that records those who perish in the ongoing conflict overseas.   However, one name has been added to the monument for currently enrolled students.  You will hear this name called in a few minutes.

My fellow alumni: I am grieving today because this year’s list of names of deceased alumni includes some of my friends. I spent time in the corps with them, I miss each of them, and my life was made better by having known them.  Each was a selfless servant who influenced or led thousands of people on this earth.

 

I know many people in this audience grieve today for your classmates, relatives or friends whose names you are now viewing.   I want to remind you that next August & January, as our military orientation known as FROG week begins, each new cadet will visit this site in a twilight formation and view the names of your classmates on all the monuments.  As commandant, I promise you that we will continue to teach the meaning of sacrifice to our students, and we will never forget the names of our friends who died in service to their country.  

 

One final thought:  As we honor the memory of our graduates who have passed on since our last retreat,   let us not forget our North Georgia graduates who are fighting for our freedom   by leading troops in the Middle East.  Our fervent wish is that all of our alumni and the troops they are leading will complete their missions successfully and return home safely in the weeks and months ahead.

 

At this time, I am honored to introduce our guest speaker, Major (promotable) Dan P. Kearney, who commissioned as a lieutenant of infantry in the North Georgia College & State University class of 2002.

 

Dan’s first assignment was as a platoon leader at Fort Lewis, Washington.  In 2004, he deployed to Mosul, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he soon commanded Bravo Company, 1-24 Infantry Battalion.

 

After completing the captain’s career course at Fort Benning, Dan was assigned to the 173D Airborne Brigade in Vicenza, Italy where he served on the Brigade Staff before taking command of “Battle” Company, 2-503 Infantry (Airborne) in November 2007.   During his command tour, he led his company through a 15-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in the Korengal Valley.

 

Later, he was moved to United States Army Southern European Task Force (USASETAF) where he became the Aide-De-Camp to the commanding general.   

 

In 2009, Dan moved back to Fort Benning, Georgia where he served as the Battalion S4, Alpha Company Commander, and Liaison Officer for 3D Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.  During this time, he made numerous trips to Iraq and Afghanistan, serving as a Company Commander and an Assistant Operations Officer.

 

After receiving a master’s degree from the Naval War College, Major Kearney reported to Hunter Army Airfield where he served as the liaison officer, operations officer, and executive officer in First Ranger Battalion. He then moved to 75th Ranger Regiment Headquarters. Over the course of the last three years, he has deployed to Afghanistan where he served as the Joint Task Force Operations Officer.

 

Currently, Dan Kearney is the Deputy Operations Officer for the 75th Ranger Regiment and has recently been chosen for battalion command.   It’s easy for me to predict that he will someday command large troop formations in our army.

 

On a side note, many of you may have seen Dan in a feature length documentary that chronicled the deployment of a platoon of us soldiers in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley in the 2008 time frame.  The movie focuses on a remote 15-man outpost, “Restreppo,” named after a medic who was killed in action.    The directors of the film attempted to capture the lives of soldiers who had deployed to one of the most dangerous postings in the U.S. military.

 

Dan has earned many awards and decorations as a direct result of his numerous combat tours, including four Bronze Star Medals with one of those being awarded for valor.   Also, he has earned the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, & the Ranger Tab.

Major Kearney is married to the former Lauren White, an alumna of North Georgia College & State University.   Dan and Lauren have two sons: Danny, age nine, and Jackson, age six.

Ladies and gentlemen: Please welcome one of North Georgia’s most distinguished graduates, Major Dan Kearney, class of 2002.    

 

 

>>MAJOR DANIEL P. KEARNEY

 

[REMARKS]

 

>>JANOUSEK: North Georgia has always sought ways to honor alumni who have fallen in battle.  Many alternatives were considered to find an acceptable memorial in remembrance of those alumni who were killed in battle as well as those students who had lost their lives while attending North Georgia College/North Georgia College and State University and the University of North Georgia.

 

The initial phase of construction on the Memorial to your front was completed in April, 1983, and dedicated in May of that year.  The final phase of construction was completed with the unveiling of a bronze American Eagle entitled “Freedom’s Vigil” in May of 1986.

 

The Memorial is divided into two sections.  The first section honors those who gave their lives in battle, while the second honors students who died while attending North Georgia College and North Georgia College & State University and the University of North Georgia.

 

There are 13 names on the World War I section.  There are 12 names on the Korean War section.  There are 113 names on the World War II section.  There are 29 names on the Vietnam War section. 

 

If there are any family members in attendance today of these great Americans, please stand and be recognized.

 

Thank you.

 

>>JANOUSEK: Ten years ago, on April 22, 2006, during Parents Alumni Weekend, we dedicated “The Lost in Combat Memorial” to your front, to recognize the North Georgia alumni and students who have been killed in combat since September 11, 2001, fighting the Global War on Terror.  There were 4 names dedicated that beautiful April day. 

 

SSG Thomas Vitagliano

SSG Charles Warren

CPT Jeremy Chandler

SPC Paul Saylor

 

During our 2009 ceremony, we added our fifth name to the marker, the name of MSG Mitchell W. Young. 

 

In 2010, we added our 6th and 7th names to the marker, MAJ Kevin Jenrette and SGT Andrew McConnell.

 

There are no names to add to the marker this year.

 

If there are any family members in attendance today of these great Americans, please stand and be recognized.

 

>>JANOUSEK: Each year we read the names of alumni and students who have died since our last service to consecrate the memorial.

 

There are 65 names on the student section.

 

There is one student name to be added to the Memorial Wall this year.

 

William Braxton Collins

 

Will the family and friends of Mr. Collins, please stand and be recognized.

 

Thank you.

 

>>JANOUSEK: Deceased Alumni and friends since our last service are:

 

>>JANOUSEK:  Mr. Ralph Freeman, Jr., Class of 1936

Mrs. Evelyn Mays Elrod, Class of 1939

COL (Ret.) Sam           L. Hinson, Class of 1940

Mr. Charles Clark Gay, Class of 1940

Mr. James Edison Brogdon, Class of 1940

Mrs. Ellorie Claudia Vaughan Smith, Class of 1940

COL (Ret.) James O. Collier, Class of 1940

Mr. Jack A. Adkins, Class of 1943

Mrs. Mary Barbara Cason Tate, Class of 1943

Mr. Louis H. Rozier, Class of 1943

Mrs. Marcile Terrell Sorrells, Class of 1944

Mr. George Arthur Brightwell, Class of 1944

Mr. Robert B. Reese, Class of 1944

Mr. Warren Newton Battle, Class of 1944

Mr. George Melvin Atkinson, Class of 1946

Mr. Randall Charles Bagwell, Class of 1946

Dr. John Walter Sheffield, Jr., Class of 1947

Dr. Howard Virgil Turner, Sr., Class of 1947

Mr. David Moss Owen, Class of 1949

Mr. Joseph W. Rowland, Class of 1949

Mr. Charles Brownlee Moody, Class of 1949

Mr. Jodie Z. McKinley, Jr. , Class of 1950

Mr. Horace Gresley Davis, Jr., Class of 1950

Mrs. Bettie Gene Saunders Holliman, Class of 1950

Mrs. Jeanette Allen Gurley, Class of 1950

LTC James Hamilton Hogg, Class of 1951

Mr. William David Holt, Class of 1951

Mr. Ellington B. Willingham, Class of 1951

Mr. Daniel B. Pattillo, Class of 1951

Mrs. Leila Curtis Strickland Dasher, Class of 1951

Mrs. Frankie Eugenia Fitts McAfee, Class of 1952

Mrs. Miriam B. Brown DuRant, Class of         1952

Mr. James Howard Abram, Jr., Class of 1952

Dr. Peter Allen Jensen, Jr., Class of 1953

Mr. Henry Bennett Drexler, Class of 1953

Mr. Lamar Taylor Oxford, Jr., Class of 1953

Mr. Frank William Mosley, Sr., Class of 1953

Mr. William Neal Little, Class of 1954

Mr. John Ward Winn, Class of 1954

Mrs. Shirley Ann Pharr            Raynor, Class of 1955

Mr. Donald Stribling Adams, Class of 1956

Mr. Earl Gene Wright, Class of 1956

Mr. William Elton Gissendaner, Jr., Class of 1958

Mr. William K. Williams, Class of 1959

Mr. Michael T. Rape, Class of 1960

Mrs. Frances Virginia Vaughan Phillips, Class of 1960

LT (Ret.) Walter Clarence Parks, Class of 1960

Mrs. Beverly Marvine Adams Cleveland, Class of 1960

Mr. James David Lovett, Class of 1960

Mr. Roy Dickerson Loehr, Jr., Class of 1960

Mrs. Martha Adella Connell Bibb, Class of 1961

Mrs. Jennelou Wilcox Earnhardt Wright, Class of 1962

Mrs. Joan Charlene Wiley Flurschutz, Class of 1962

Mrs. Barbara Kenaston White Harris, Class of 1963

Mr. Ralph Thompson McCrary, Class of 1963

Mr. Phillip Dorsey Benefield, Class of 1964

Mr. Larry F. Moon, Class of 1965

 

 

>>CADET LT COL NELSON MORAGA: COL (Ret.) Bertram Leon Ricketson, Class of 1965

Mr. Fred Clarence Platt, III, Class of 1965

Mrs. Alice G. Groover Johnston, Class of 1965

Mr. Charles Alexander Evans, Class of 1965

Mrs. Bonnie Dell Burns Clegg, Class of 1966

Mr. Richard C. McDaniel, Class of 1966

Mr. Lee            Oscar Bryant, Class of 1966

Mr. Gary Thomas Hawkins, Class of 1967

Mr. Glenn L. Calmes, Class of 1968

Mr. Kurt Raoul Parr, Class of 1969

Mr. Newell Edenfield, Jr., Class of 1969

Ms. Valentine Dobbs, Class of 1970

Mr. Larry Maxwell King, Class of 1970

LTC Terry Lee Stanger, Class of 1972

Mrs. Glenda F. Fleming Mayhue, Class of 1972

Mr. Bennie Theron Chandler, Class of 1975

Mr. Ronnie Lee Rider, Class of 1976

Mr. Myron H. Smith, Class of 1976

Mr. Barber Ray Forrest, Class of 1977

Mr. Grover Addison Jones, Class of 1977

Mr. Christopher           R. Gore, Class of 1978

Mr. Tudor Jones, Class of 1978

Ms. Frances E. Copeland, Class of 1978

Mrs. Sharon Lynn Shugart George, Class of 1979

Ms. Kimberly Tillman Minish, Class of 1979

Mrs. Melissa Eloise Byrnes Sosebee, Class of 1979

Mr. Richard Sebastian Kinsey, Class of 1980

Mrs. Peggy B. Terry, Class of 1980

Mr. Michael J. Savage, Class of 1982

Mrs. Theo Dorothy Meier Bracewell, Class of 1986

MAJ David Sylvanus Goodwin, Class of 1988

Dr. Robert Lowell Stone, Class of 1991

Mr. Bernard Suttler Roberts, Class of 1992

CW2 Shawn Stewart McAfee, Class of 1994

LTC Richard William Maltbie, Jr., Class of 1998

Ms. Joy            Ann Bruce, Class of 2000

Mr. Jason Richard Fuller, Class of 2014

Mr. John W. Mitchell, Former Faculty

Mr. Nathaniel Ashe, Former Foundation Trustee

Mr. Louis Hill Propes, Former Foundation Trustee

Mrs. Miriam Merritt, Friend

Mrs. Ann P. Perry Sweatt, Friend

Mr. Charles E. Whalen, Friend

Mrs. Dorothy A.          McClure, Friend

Mr. Gayther L. Plummer, Friend

Mr. Gordon Sawyer, Friend

Mr. Kenneth Kilpatrick, Friend

Mr. Rodney Allen, Friend

Mr. William H. Price, Retired Staff

Mr. Leon Peters           , Retired Staff

Ms. Alda Beth Gilleland, Retired Staff

Mr. David C. Grizzle, Retired Staff

Dr. Norma Seerley, Retired Staff

Ms. Nellie Sellers, Retired Staff

Mr. Wendell Whiteside, Retired Staff

Ms. Peggy L. Stevens, Retired Staff

Ms. Frances Lorene Brookshire Conner, Retired Staff

 

Will the family members of those alumni names read today, please stand and be recognized.

 

Thank You

 

>>MORAGA: Each year, we place a wreath at the Memorial to commemorate all of the Alumni who were killed in battle; all the Alumni who have passed away since last year’s ceremony; and those students who lost their lives while attending the University of North Georgia. 

 

This year’s wreath, honoring all of our alumni and students who have passed away since this time last year, will be placed by Alan Ware, captain, U.S. Navy, retired, a 1977 graduate of North Georgia College and president of the North Georgia Corps of Cadets Association.

 

Serving as wreath bearer today is Cadet Sgt. John Nixon, of Foxtrot Company.

 

Several Cadet Units are participating in today’s ceremony.

 

Representing the Blue Ridge Rifles is the Firing Detail commanded by c/MSG Ryan Ache.”

 

The Ceremonial Color Guard is led by c/SSGT Joshua Heflin, of Hotel Company.      

 

Serving as buglers are Stafford Don and David French of the Golden Eagle Band.

 

Serving in the Howitzer section are, c/SGT Menuno Noriamo, c/SGT Asher Wilson and c/SGT Frisk Hahn, of Hotel Company.

 

Representing the Corps of Cadets is the Honor Company for Fall Semester 2015, Foxtrot Company, under the command of Cadet Captain William Zopff. The First Sergeant is Cadet James Howse.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen, please rise for the playing of “Retreat,” and

“To the Colors.”

 

[bugle plays Retreat]

 

[cannon fires]

 

[bugle plays To the Colors]

Order, mark.

Order, mark.

Firing party, fire three volleys.

Present arms.

Half-right face.

Ready. Aim. Fire.

[gunfire]

Ready. Aim. Fire.

[gunfire]

Ready. Aim. Fire.

[gunfire]

Cease fire.

Present arms.

[buglers play Silver Taps]

Order, mark.

Order, mark.

>>MORAGA: We do not formally end our ceremony, because we continue to remember our fallen comrades, graduates, and students throughout the year.

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