4/6/17 04:49PM

Alpharetta Rotary Hosts Memorial Day Tribute to Honor Fallen Heroes

The City of Alpharetta and the Rotary Club of Alpharetta will host the 3rd Annual Memorial Day Tribute on Monday, May 29, 2017.

The City of Alpharetta and the Rotary Club of Alpharetta will host the 3rd Annual Memorial Day Tribute on Monday, May 29, 2017. The Music begins at 9:00 a.m. and the program at 9:30 a.m. at Alpharetta City Hall, 2 Park Plaza. The event is free for the public to attend.

Mayor David Belle Isle said, “If you are looking to embrace your community, celebrate our country, and honor those who, in establishing and protecting our freedoms and liberties, paid the highest price, then I can think of no better place to be than the Alpharetta Memorial Day Tribute. Come be a part of the fabric of Alpharetta.”

The Memorial Day Tribute will kick off with music by the Alpharetta City Band at 9 a.m. The program begins at 9:30 a.m. which includes the invocation, Posting of Colors, Pledge of Allegiance, National Anthem by Isha Shrotriya and Cade Jarrett, words from the keynote speaker, Colonel (Retired) William J. Gallagher, as well as the laying of the wreath, 21-gun salute, and “Taps” performed by Arthur Yu.

The keynote speaker, Colonel (Retired) William J. Gallagher, has an extensive background in the military, with a record of service and leadership. His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from West Point; a Master of Arts in Leader Development from West Point; a Master of Business Administration from Long Island University; a National Security Fellowship from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government; and numerous Army schools including Airborne and Ranger qualification. He is currently a doctoral candidate in education. His military awards include three Legions of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and seven Meritorious Service Medals. Bill is married to Lisa Gallagher, a registered nurse, and they have a daughter Kiera, an eighth-grade teacher married to Will, an infantry captain assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina; a daughter Maggie, a sixth-grade teacher at Schofield Barracks in Honolulu, Hawaii; and a son, Joe, a college development staffer in New York.

John Hipes, Chairman of the Memorial Day Tribute, said, “Memorial Day is a special time to demonstrate how much we appreciate the brave men and women of our military, who have continually protected our freedom and our country by sacrificing their own lives. The Rotary Club of Alpharetta is thrilled to partner with the City of Alpharetta and bring our community together for an inspirational celebration to honor our country and those who have made unbelievable sacrifices to protect our freedom.”

Jason Binder, President of Alpharetta Rotary said, “Participating in the Memorial Tribute is an event that Alpharetta Rotarians look forward to each year. It is our small way to honor those who have given their all to our country. My hope is that the Alpharetta Community joins us in honoring our heroes.”

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