Memorial Day Service

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City to Hold Memorial Day Service

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Mark your calendars now for Monday, May 27 and plan to attend the Chesapeake Memorial Day Service!  The event will be held in front of City Hall located at 308 Cedar Road.  The ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. and feature keynote speaker Captain Robert N. Geis who currently serves as the Commanding Officer of Naval Air Station Oceana.

This annual event is hosted by The Mayor’s Commission on Veterans Affairs.   According to Commission Chairman Carl Dozier, “the purpose of the ceremony is to honor all who have made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.”  For Dozier, that sacrifice is very personal.  He lost his son, Jonathan K. Dozier in January 2008 in the war in Iraq.

A new feature has been added to this year’s program. Mayor Alan Krasnoff has invited the Gold Star families of Chesapeake to attend. (Gold Star families have lost a family member in combat). About 10 Gold Star families are expected to attend.

Those who attend this year’s ceremony might notice that the city’s Veteran’s Memorial has been expanded and improved.    Attractive new planters have been installed and new commemorative bricks with names have been laid.

Captain Geis has had a distinguished career and has served in a variety of commands. While assigned as an Action Officer and Executive Officer in the Plans and Policy Directorate of U.S. Central Command, he was responsible for writing, assessing and disseminating high level policy during Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. His tour included a deployment to the forward headquarters in 2003 through early 2004.

Geis was selected for command of Strike Fighter Squadron 211 and transitioned to the F/A-18F Super Hornet. The command was awarded the Battle Efficiency award for 2005. During his command tour, the squadron deployed on USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) in support of both Operations ENDURING and IRAQI FREEDOM on the first east coast deployment of the Super Hornet. CAPT Geis was selected to attend the Naval College of Command and Staff in Newport, RI. He earned a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies in March 2002.

His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Strike Flight Air Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (w/ three Gold Stars), as well as numerous unit awards.

Music for the ceremony will be provided by the Hugo Owens Middle School Orchestra. Additional music will include bagpipes and a bugler.  The Honor Guard and Salute team are U.S. Marines Corps members from Naval Air Station Oceana.

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