Memorial Day Commemoration set for May 25
Contact 1: Erin Chesnut
MARTIN, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee at Martin’s annual Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony will begin at 9 a.m., May 25, on the lawn outside the Hall-Moody Administration Building on University Street. U.S. Army Col. David Strauss will speak during the ceremony.
Strauss enlisted in the Army as a military intelligence voice interceptor in 1983 and later attended UT Martin on a Green to Gold Scholarship. He received a commission as a second lieutenant in 1993 and was selected to become a civil affairs officer in 2004, a post he still holds today.
Strauss has served in the infantry as a platoon leader, executive officer and company commander. He has also held several posts in special forces units, including company commander at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation. He has been deployed to more than five countries and holds honors such as the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from UT Martin and a Master of Military Arts degree in theatre operations from the Command and General Staff College.
Memorial Day is held annually on the last Monday in May and serves to honor those who have died in the protection of the United States. Originally known as Decoration Day, it was renamed upon becoming a federal holiday in 1971.
In case of inclement weather, the commemoration ceremony will be held in the UT Martin Student Life Center located at 199 Moody Avenue.
For more information, contact Dorothy Gillon, UT Martin coordinator of public occasions, at 731-881-7501.
PHOTO ID: Brig. Gen. Tommy Baker (UT Martin ’01) spoke during the 2017 Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony at UT Martin.