The Jackson County Veterans’ Service Office will conduct the annual Memorial Day activities on Monday, May 30 beginning at 11 a.m. at the Jackson Cunty Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Jackson.

Robert Bragg, Air Force retiree, will serve as Master of Ceremonies. The ceremony will begin with an Invocation by Tim Jones of the Grace Baptist Church of Wellston, followed by a rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner, played by the Jackson High School Band under the direction of Ryan Hurd. American Legion Post #81 will then lead the Presentation of Colors before Jennifer Pittman of the Veterans’ Service Office commences the Pledge of Allegiance. The history of Memorial Day will be outlined by Arnold Tripp, a retired Marine, who will then introduce the ceremony’s guest speaker, Mark Foster.

Foster, who retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2019 following 24 years of service, completed seven combat tours of Iraq and five combat tours of Afghanistan, earning six Bronze Star medals, the Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf clusters, the Air Force Commendation medal with four Oak Leaf clusters and numerous other battlefield commendations. Performing a variety of roles, including a Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC), his last position on active duty was the Air Force’s JTAC Program Manager at the Pentagon. Mark has an associate’s degree in Information Systems Technology, a bachelor’s degree in Organization Management and currently works as a program manager at Ball Aerospace in Dayton, Ohio.

After hearing from Foster, the laying of the memorial wreath will be done by AMVETS Post #84, with patriotic music played once more by the Jackson High School Band. The firing squad performing the 21-gun salute will be provided by the DAV Chapter #45 Honor Guard, led by Clyde Doles. Taps with Echo will be performed by the Jackson High School Band, and Pastor Tim Jones will deliver the final Benediction.