Hunt, Bush Veterans Day speakers

Published 7:44 pm Friday, November 5, 2010

Former Bainbridge City Councilman and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Rolfe Hunt and retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and former Gilbert H. Gragg Southwest Georgia Regional Library children’s librarian Tom Bush will be featured speakers at Veterans Day ceremonies Thursday.

Hunt will speak at the 9 a.m. Willis Park ceremony sponsored by American Legion Posts 62 and 502, and Bush will speak at the 12 noon luncheon at the Charles H. Kirbo Regional Center sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4904.

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The park ceremony will begin with the playing of the national anthem by the award-winning Bainbridge High School Bearcats Band and the presentation of the colors by the award-winning Bainbridge High School Air Force Junior ROTC color guard.

Park master of ceremonies will be Post 62 Commander Bob Strickland.

Following the address by former city councilman Hunt, Commander Larry Carroll of Post 502 and Commander Hill Yates of Post 4904 will jointly place a wreath on the park monument honoring the deceased veterans of all wars while the band plays Taps.

U.S. Navy veteran Ray Read will read the names of veterans who have passed away since last Veterans Day as the band does a drum roll. The opening prayer and benediction will be delivered by the Rev. Danny Shepard.

Luncheon speaker Bush is a graduate of Andrew Jackson High School in Jacksonville, Fla. He went on to Florida State University where he graduated in 1967 with a bachelor’s degree in social work.

After graduating from Florida State, Bush joined the Army where he spent 27 years, retiring in 1994 as a lieutenant colonel.

While in the Army, Bush served as an artillery forward observed to an infantry mechanized company in Vietnam and earned a master’s degree in library science from Webster University in St. Louis, Mo.