The first Memorial Day ceremony honoring RRJ’s inmate veterans was conducted in HU-4’s gymnasium, 25 May 2017.
The 57 inmate veterans were addressed by Major Wilson and later by Superintendent Newton. The veterans were also addressed by Sergeant Major Eddie Camp, Jr., who is attached to the Combined Arms Support Command, Sustainment Unit One Stop. Sgt. Maj. Camp spoke of the need for stability, unity and loyalty in all areas of a person’s life amongst other topics. Gifts of appreciation were given to Sgt. Maj. Camp by RRJ’s Capt. Hendricks following Sgt. Maj. Camp’s address.
Bill Anderson, a local bag-pipes musician played Sgt. Mackenzie and later at the close of the ceremony, Amazing Grace. The veteran’s pod choral group, Men of Valor, performed as well under the direction of GED teacher Mrs. Collins. Bob Harp, a local trumpeter, played Taps to close the ceremony.
Following the ceremony, the inmate veterans were treated to fried chicken, soda and cup cakes.