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14th annual Memorial Day commemoration ceremony set for May 23 at UT Martin


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MARTIN, Tenn. – Lt. Col. Steve Elliott will be the guest speaker for the University of Tennessee at Martin Memorial Day program set for 9.a.m., Friday, May 23, in front of the Hall-Moody Administration Building on University Street.

This will be the 14th annual Memorial Day Commemoration at UT Martin.

Elliot grew up in Alabama. In 1993, he graduated from the United States Military Academy and was commissioned as a second lieutenant of field artillery. After five years of active service at Fort Stewart, Ga., he joined the National Guard and began graduate school at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

He completed his Ph.D. in mathematics and became an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee at Martin in 2005. Since then, he has deployed to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom and to Djibouti for Operation Enduring Freedom.

He currently commands the 1st Battalion, 238th Field Artillery and he continues to teach mathematics at UT Martin. He and his wife Holly have two sons, Cannon, 6, and Connor, 1. They live in Martin.

Cpt. Troy Shoemaker, of the UT Martin of Military Science and Leadership, will serve as the master of ceremonies. Dr. Roberto Mancusi, associate professor of music, will perform the national anthem and Mr. Gerry Gallimore will offer the invocation. Rodney Freed, instructor in communications, will offer the benediction.

UT Martin chancellor Tom Rakes will welcome guests.

The UT Martin Department of Public Safety and Martin Police Department will be responsible for the gun salute, while the UT Martin Army ROTC Battalion is responsible for Taps.


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