The town of Orem will hold its annual memorial service at 9 a.m. Monday at the town of Orem cemetery in the military memorial section at the east end of the cemetery.
The services, produced in conjunction with the American Legion Post 72, will include music by the group Bluegrass Thunder. The keynote speaker will be Colonel Joseph Green. Mayor Richard Brunst will make concluding remarks.
Green is the Chief of Staff of the Utah Army National Guard and directs the daily operations of more than 2,500 full-time soldiers and civilians for state and federal missions.
Prior to this posting, Green served as the commander of the 300th Military Intelligence Brigade (LINGUIST). From 2014 to 2016, Green served as the head of the intelligence disciplines division in the DA-G2 office at the Department of the Army’s headquarters at the Pentagon, according to his resume.
Green is a Spanish and Arabic linguist. He joined the Utah Army National Guard in 1993 and received his commission from Brigham Young University’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) in 1996. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree. in Spanish Translation and Interpretation from BYU and is a distinguished graduate of the United States Army War College with a Masters in Strategic Studies.
It has been deployed to both Iraq (2003-2004) and Afghanistan (2008-2009). Its awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with three oak leaf clusters), the Meritorious Unity Commendation and the Meritorious Unity Award. joint forces.
Green has been married to former Brenda DeBuck for 28 years and they are the proud parents of four children.
Residents participating in the service are not required to wear face masks if they are fully immunized. The city follows state and CDC regulations.
Provo City, in conjunction with the Festival of America’s Freedom in Provo, hosts annual Memorial Day services at 10 a.m. at the Provo City Cemetery. In the event of inclement weather, it will be held at the Covey Center for the Arts, 425 W. Center Street.
Each year, the Freedom Festival partners with the Provo City Veterans Council to remember and honor those lost as they bravely served the nation in the armed forces.
Other cities that have traditionally held Memorial Day services, including American Fork and Pleasant Grove, were not prepared or able to host one this year due to early planning and not knowing that the State and CDC guidelines would change for outdoor gatherings. Here are some cities that organize services on Mondays:
Memorial Day services will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Spanish Fork Cemetery, with Col. Ron Dunn (Retired USA) as the keynote speaker. There will be a few musical numbers, gunshots and an end with the tap dance. Services are under the direction of the American Legion Post 68.
Each year, the Lehi Arts Council and the American Legion Post 19 work to bring together the annual Memorial Day program. This year, the event will take place at 9 a.m. at Lehi Town Cemetery. Featured speakers will be Mayor Mark Johnson and WWII veteran Jesse Veech. Post 19 will hold a special flag ceremony and flag raising. The event is open to the public.
The Town of Eagle Mountain and American Legion Post 111 will host Memorial Day services at 10 a.m. at the Pony Express Memorial Cemetery, 4648 N. Eagle Mountain Blvd.