Hillsboro Will Honor Veterans On Memorial Day

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Memorial Day will be observed in Hillsboro at 10 a.m. Monday, May 27, at the Veterans Memorial Park in Hillsboro. In the event of rain, ceremonies will be moved to the Hillsboro Junior High gym.

The Joint Armed Forces Color Guard, comprised of members from American Legion Post 425 and VFW Post 1306, will begin the service with a presentation of colors. The Pledge of Allegiance will be led by emcee Brad Huber, and the Hillsboro High School choir will sing the national anthem.

Mayor Brian Sullivan will welcome all those in attendance, followed by the invocation by the Pastoral Alliance.

Huber will introduce the guest speaker for the event, USMC Sergeant Major Dave Strowmatt. He was raised in Litchfield and is a graduate of Litchfield High School.

In June 1979, Strowmatt enlisted in the Marine Corps. He served in North Carolina, California, St. Louis, MO, and Hawaii. He achieved the rank of sergeant major.

He was deployed numerous times to the Republic of Korea, Okinawa, Australia, Thailand and the Phillipines.

In August of 2006, Strowmatt retired after 27 years in the Marine Corps. He is currently the superintendent of the Veterans Assistance Commission of Montgomery County, providing veterans service officer work and limited financial assistance.

He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Marilyn, for 39 years. 

They have two children, Nicholas, a Marine veteran of two tours in Iraq, and Sarah Alsop of Granite City.

Following the guest speaker, the Hillsboro High School choir will perform a musical tribute. Jim Palmer and Bob Fuehne will then read the Killed in Action Honor Roll and the Daughters of the American Revolution will give a presentation of wreaths.

In closing, the Pastoral Alliance will give the benediction followed by a salute to the dead by the Joint Armed Forces Honor Guard. John Kieslar will perform Taps/Echo.

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