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Memorial Day Ceremony To Be Held at Fort McClellan in Anniston

Memorial Day Ceremony at Fort McClellan

Anniston, AL – The Memorial Day Ceremony to be held at Fort McClellan will be May 29th at 10:00 am. The public is welcome and invited to attend this event.


Guest Speaker – Colonel Jason Benefield (Retired): Colonel Benefield is from Hopewell, Alabama, in Cleburne County. He earned a BA with Special Honors in Political Science and the title Distinguished Military graduate from Jacksonville State University in 1992. He commissioned as an Infantry Officer, transferring to the Military Intelligence Corps in 1996, then to the Electronic Warfare Career Field in 2015. He served as the Forces Command G39 Information Warfare Director in his last assignment. COL. (RET) Benefield deployed six times to the Middle East: four times as a Deputy Mission Crew Commander on the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, once as a Deputy Country Chief of Iraq for the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, and once as the Cyber-Electronic Activities Chief for XVIII Airborne Corps and  CJTF-OIR.  He retired in March 2022, after 32 years of total service. COL (RET) Benefield’s military awards include: Legion of Merit, National Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious service Medal, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Senior Parachutist Badge, and Air Assault Badge.

The agenda is below:


Prelude music

Kentucky 1800

Cheaha Winds Community Band

Jared Ross, Director

Welcome introduction:

Master of Ceremonies:  American Legion   Preston Hale

Judge Advocate Post 111

Special Song


America the Beautiful……. Amy Minter

Introduction of Special Guests


Herman Watkins

 (Administrative Officer)

(Alabama National Cemetery)

National Cemetery Remarks

Stephan Frank

(Southeast District Executive Director)




Chaplain Jon Clark Post 111



(McClellan Veterans/American Legion)

Presentation of Colors:


Color Guard Post 111

National Anthem

Cheaha Winds Community Band

Raising of Colors                (flag to half staff)




Pledge of Allegiance


Boy Scout Troops 6, 9, and  10 and

Girl Scout Service Unit 231

Introduction of Guest Speaker:


Col. Jason Benefield (retired)

Special Song


God Bless America…… Amy Minter

Placement of Wreaths


Post 111 Veteran’s Angela Orr and Connie Hale

Special Song


Amazing Grace……Amy Minter

Amazing Grace….Instrumental

Cheaha Winds Community Band

Flags to be distributed on gravesites


(Open to family and public)



Chaplain Jon Clark Post 111



Annie Ingram…Bugles Across America


 Alabama National Cemetery Complex Director wants to thank the American Legion Post 111 at Oxford, AL, for their excellent dedication and commitment to assisting the National Cemetery Administration in planning and organizing this Memorial Day Ceremony for Fort McClellan Post Cemetery.

Special Singer

     Amy Minter: Amy is from Heflin Alabama in Cleburne County. She earned a minor in music from Southern Union State Community College and graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Jacksonville State University. Amy was awarded a full vocal scholarship to Southern Union State Community College and was part of the Southern Union Sound where she had the opportunity to sing at Carnegie Hall on two separate occasions. Amy has been a middle school teacher for the past 20 years and she also is a singer in the Heflin

     Baptist Church Choir. She is married and has four daughters; Abby, Ryan, Madilyn and Kendall. Her son-in law is a detective for the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office. Amy also has a granddaughter named Indie Ann.

Cheaha Winds Community Band

     Director Jared Ross: Cheaha Winds Community Band is comprised of members who reside in eastern and central Alabama.  Music selections and arrangements have become popular in many local venues mostly due to the director Jared Ross and the many talented individuals in the band.


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