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United States Navy Sergeant Michelle Griffin stands at salute during a past Roswell Remembers Memorial Day Tribute.

Roswell Remembers Memorial Day Ceremony returns Monday, May 27, to Roswell City Hall to honor service members who died during military service.

Roswell’s Memorial Day Ceremony incorporates the holiday, families and community into one great day of remembrance. It has been recognized as the Largest Memorial Day Ceremony in Georgia – a non-political ceremony honoring those who gave all and veterans for the sacrifices they made in protecting our freedom.

The event attracts approximately 6,000 – 7,000 people from throughout Georgia and the southeast. Pre-ceremony music begins at 10:15 a.m. and the official ceremony begins at 11 a.m.

The ceremony begins with the presentation of the colors by members of the Sons of the American Revolution and with the North Fulton Elementary Honor Chorus singing the National Anthem. Local Boy Scouts from the Northern Ridge District will also be leading attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Retired Marine Lt. Col. Calvin A. Lloyd II will complete the laying of the wreath, a tradition to honor the fallen. Lloyd holds Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Purple Hearts and Single Mission Air Medals, 33 Strike/Flight Air Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal and the Navy Commendation Medal.

Retired Col. Patricia S. Blassie will be this year’s guest speaker. Her collective years of service totaled 40 years. Blassie was also the principal advisor to her family in the identification of her brother, 1st Lt. Michael J. Blassie.

On Memorial Day 1984, unbeknownst to the Blassie family, Lt. Blassie was interred as the Vietnam Unknown Soldier, Tomb of the Unknowns, Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia.

He was disinterred from the Tomb of the Unknown in May 1988, identified by DNA testing, and brought home to his final resting place at Jefferson Barracks, National Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri on July 11, 1998.

Following Blassie’s speech, taps will be performed by Jon Andersen and a 21-gun solute from the Roswell Fire and Police Departments.

After the Military Ceremony attendees can enjoy a picnic on the grounds, or purchase BBQ available for purchase on site for $7 per adult plate and $5 for a child’s plate. The North Fulton Elementary Honor Chorus will also be performing patriotic music.

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