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The public is invited to attend the City of Taylor's annual Memorial Day Salute on Monday, May 28 at 10 a.m. The event is held at Liberty Gardens in Murphy Park, 1600 Veterans Dr. in the shade of the trees to the south of the garden, and chairs for the audience will be in place. In case of rain, the location will be moved just to the south at the park, under the pavilion.
Featured speakers this year are from upper management of the state's American Legion organization. Teddy Weeks, the 10th District Commander, will make the trip up from College Station. In addition, Ronald A. Peterson, who serves as the State Veterans Service Officer, will travel from Waco to participate in the Taylor event. Members of Taylor's American Legion will also participate. Both are U.S. Army veterans. Weeks was raised in Dallas, TX, and deployed to Vietnam in 1969. After leaving the Army, he pursued a ministry degree at Southwestern University in Waxahachie, TX.
Peterson grew up in Sturgeon Bay, WI, and participated in American Legion Youth programs. He enlisted in the US Army in 1988 and did tours in Germany, was an instructor in South Korea, served in Kuwait, Bosnia, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and many U.S. stations. He retired in January 2011 from Fort Hood, TX. He is the recipient of a Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts, among numerous medals.
Mayor Brandt Rydell and City Manager Isaac Turner will open the program, followed by Pastor Jim Hejl of Taylor Brethren Church for the Invocation. Taylor Fire Department's Honor Guard will conduct the Raising of the Flag, followed by members of the Outreach Choir of Chorus Austin singing the "National Anthem." After the speakers conclude their talks, members of the various branches of the U.S. Military in attendance will be recognized along with their families during the musical salute portion of the program. Taylor Police Officers will do a Three-Volley Salute, followed by the playing of "Taps" by Boy Scout Ben Roberts. All will be asked to end the program singing "God Bless America," led by the Chorus Austin singers.
The event is free and open to everyone. Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony.
For answers to any questions, please call the Taylor Public Information Office at 52-352-5448 during regular business hours.