Delivering the keynote address will be retired U.S. Marine Corps 1st Sgt. David B. Pelley, formerly of Charleston.
Pelley is a national science instructor for the Naval Junior ROTC program at White Knoll High School in Lexington, S.C.
Pelley served in the Marines for almost 20 years. In 1989, he began as a drill instructor and soon moved on to become a staff sergeant, infantry platoon sergeant, senior enlisted advisor and company gunnery sergeant.
Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland will serve as the program master of ceremonies as he has over the last 50 years. Kinser Road Church of God Pastor Quinn Green will serve as program chaplain.
The Chattanooga Division of U.S. Naval Sea Cadets will post the colors and begin the ceremony with a call to order.
Three local Girl Scouts from Troop 40002 will read the names of Bradley County’s wartime deceased veterans. The girls were chosen in recognition of the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts of the USA.
Chairman Steven Stewart issued all Girl Scout troops a special invitation to attend the program.
Cera Peticolas will read the names of the World War I veterans and Jeni Ridgell will read those of World War II vets. Amber Ridgell will follow in reading the names of the veterans from the Korean, Vietnam and Iraq wars.
Rowland will read the names of all veterans from Bradley County who have passed away since last Memorial Day.
Cleveland High School band director Jim Burton will direct drummers during the final roll call and “Taps,” played by a lone trumpeter.
Aldersgate Garden Club President Jackie Westfield and members will again place fresh-cut flowers in front of the base of the lectern. The flowers are a reminder that Memorial Day was set to be in the month of May because flowers are in bloom and stand as a constant reminder that the memory of those gone before are always in bloom.
Bradley County Veterans Firing Squad will fire a 21-gun salute under the command of Joseph “Pinky” Blackburn.
Mary Baier, co-chairperson of the program, suggested those planning to attend should bring a lawn chair because seating will be limited. Sanitary facilities will be available. In the event of inclement weather, the program will move to the VFW Post on North Ocoee Street.
The annual Memorial Day program is sponsored by the Bradley County veterans organizations: VFW Post 2598, American Legion Post 81, D.A.V. Chapter 24, Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 596, AmVets Post 13 and Forty & Eight Voiture 735. Other sponsors include American Legion Post 81, Benjamin Cleveland Chapter Sons of the American Revolution, Ocoee Chapter Daughters of American Revolution, Cabana 735 La Femme Forty & Eight, AmVets Ladies Auxillary Post 13, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit 81 and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 2598.