Hurst will be Veterans Day speaker

Published 12:32 pm Friday, November 9, 2012

The highlight of Monday’s 9 a.m. Veterans Day ceremony in Willis Park will be an address by Terrie Hurst, the local Veterans Service Officer with the Georgia Department of Veterans Services.

The daughter of Robert Boyd and the late Mary Ann Rowan Boyd, and a 1980 graduate of Bainbridge High School, Hurst joined the U.S. Navy in 1982 in Fresno, Calif. She served seven years and was honorably discharged in 1989.

While serving in the Navy, she received an official award scholarship from former Georgia Congressman Charles Hatcher. She also received the good conduct and joint servivce achievement medals.

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Prior to her address, Larry Carroll, commander of American Legion Post 502 and Chuck Lewis, senior vice commander of Veterans of Foreign post 4904 will lay a wreath on the park monument, honoring the memory of deceased Decatur County veterans of all wars.

Also during the park ceremony, the BHS Bearcats band will play the national anthem and the BHS Air Force Junior ROTC color guard will present the colors and raise the American flag.

The band will do a drum roll while Oliver Sellers of Post 4904  reads the names of Decatur County veterans who have passed away since last Veterans Day.

The Rev. Bryan Hatchett, pastor of  Calvary  Baptist Church, will deliver the opening and closing prayers.

Featured speaker Hurst was a cryptologic technician working in U.S. Navy special intelligence. Her duty stations were NSGA Adak, Alaska, Imperial Beach, Calif., and European Headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany.

Before her tenure with the Georgia Department of Veterans Affairs, she worked seven years with the Georgia Department of Labor.

A former member of American Legion Post 62, she attended San Diego State University and Bainbridge College.

Her 23-year-old son, Ryan, is currently serving on active duty with the U.S. Coast Guard.