Program to feature tribute to City's Vietnam War dead
The City of Chesapeake will hold its annual Memorial Day Ceremony on May 26, at 11 a.m. in front of City Hall. The keynote speaker will be Colonel Alberto E. Cruz. This year's ceremony will include a special tribute to Chesapeake's Vietnam War dead.
Indian River High School teacher, Craig Blackman and his 45 Advanced Placement United States History students worked on a semester-long project this year to identify and learn more about the 25 Chesapeake veterans who gave their lives during the Vietnam War. These men as well as others who served will be honored at the ceremony.
Col. Cruz is Chief, Multi-Role Reconnaissance Operations Division, Directorate of Operations, Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Virginia. He received his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1992 and has served as an Intelligence Division Chief, KC-135 Instructor Pilot, U-2 Instructor and Evaluator pilot, squadron commander and deputy group commander. He is a command pilot with more than 3,100 hours including over 570 Combat/Combat Support hours.
Cruz has flown missions in support of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, NORTHERN WATCH, IRAQI FREEDOM, HORN OF AFRICA, and ENDURING FREEDOM. His staff tours include Headquarters U.S. Air Mobility Command, Headquarters U.S. Joint Forces Command, and Headquarters Air Combat Command.
He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and Staff College, Air Command and Staff College and the Air War College.
Cruz's numerous decorations and awards include: Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters.
Special music for the program will be provided by the Western Branch High School Band and a piper from the Chesapeake Sheriff's Office. The national anthem will be sung by Kathy Williams. The Memorial Day Observance is put on by The Mayor's Commission on Veterans Affairs.
*For additional information contact Baxter Ennis at 757-287-1035 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.