UT Martin to host Memorial Day commemoration on May 26

MARTIN, Tenn. (KFVS) - On Friday, May 26 at 9 a.m., the University of Tennessee at Martin will hold its 23rd Memorial Day Commemoration.

According to a release from the university, the commemoration will take place on the north plaza of the main campus between the Boling University Center and the Paul Meek Library. The event is open to the public, and parking will be available in the lot adjacent to the university center and bordered by Mt. Pelia Road.

U.S. Rep. David Kustoff will attend the commemoration and offer a legislative welcome. Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Dennis Cavin will be the guest speaker, according to the release.

The program will also include a presentation of the colors by UT Martin Army ROTC Skyhawk Battalion cadets Gracie Carmon, a senior natural resources management major, Clayton Adkins, a first-year engineering major, Brandon Boaz, a second-year health and human performance major and Dale Kammer, a senior criminal justice major.

Dr. Amy Yeung, professor of music, and Caroline Oldfather, a senior music major, will sing the national anthem at the program. Additionally, Dr. Philip Acree Cavalier, UT Martin interim chancellor, will offer a university welcome.

A 21-gun salute will be presented by the university’s Department of Public Safety and Martin Police Department, and taps will be played by Jonah Simmons, a junior music major, and Aaron MacDonald, a senior music major.

Cadet Logan Sakarapanee, an MBA student, will offer the invocation and benediction, and Lt. Col. Bernard House, UT Martin professor of military science, will be the master of ceremonies at the commemoration.

In case of inclement weather, the program will be moved to Watkins Auditorium located inside the Boling University Center.

For additional information, contact the Office of University Relations at (731) 881-7615.