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Memorial Day Observance

Gather with us in prayer

We will meet together on Friday, May 24, for our monthly Community Prayer Gathering in front of Hamrick Hall at 9:30 am. This will be a Memorial Day Observance. MSgt John Whitaker, US Air Force, Ret and Discipleship Pastor at City Church in Gastonia, NC, will lead the devotion.

All students, faculty, staff and members of the community are welcome.

Order of Ceremony 

  • Welcome and Invocation | Josh Parrott, Vice President for Christian Life and Service and University Chaplain
  • National Anthem |Aaron Rice, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Music
  • Responsive Reading (Psalm 67:1-7) | Nate Evans, Vice President for Advancement
  • Introduction of Speaker | William Downs, University President
  • Remarks and Devotion | MSgt John Whitaker, US Air Force, Ret                        
  • Remembrance of the Fallen | Lesley Villarose, Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students
  • Silence is observed as the bell tolls 21 times, the highest military honor to those who died defending our freedom and democracy.
  • Taps | Wilson Brooks, Associate Vice President of Marketing
  • Closing Remarks | William Downs
  • Benediction | Stacy Simmons, Associate Minister to the University for Pastoral Care


What to know

If you are unable to attend, please join us in prayer during that time wherever you find yourself.

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