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Memorial Day Service at the Navy SEAL Museum

27 May 2019
Please join the Navy SEAL Museum this Memorial Day for a special commemorative service. Vice Admiral Tim Szymanski, Deputy Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command, will serve as the keynote speaker.

Following the formal service, guests are welcome to attend a special ribbon cutting ceremony for the Museum’s renovated O-Course immediately following the main service.

Additionally, the name for the newest working dog to be donated to a veteran of the Special Operations community, as taken from votes cast online, will be announced at 10:30 AM.

Open to the public and free of charge, the Memorial Day Ceremony and accompanying activities will take place outdoors. Early arrival is encouraged, as a capacity crowd is anticipated. The Museum offers complimentary admission into the building on Memorial Day, with hours of 9:00 AM until 12:00 noon.

Keynote Speaker
Vice Admiral Tim Szymanski, Deputy Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command

Vice Adm. Tim Szymanski is a native of Wilmington, Delaware. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1985. He completed a Master of Joint Campaign Planning and Strategy at Joint Advanced Warfighting School.

Szymanski’s previous Naval Special Warfare and operational assignments include platoon and task unit commander at SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 2. He served as troop and squadron commander and as operations officer and deputy commanding officer at Naval Special Warfare Development Group. He commanded Special Boat Unit 26, SEAL Team 2, O6-level Joint Task Force in Afghanistan and Naval Special Warfare Group 2. He served as deputy commanding general sustainment to Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan/NATO Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan.

Szymanski served as assistant commanding general to Joint Special Operations Command prior to assuming command of Naval Special Warfare Command.

Szymanski’s previous staff assignments include officer community Manager for NSW and enlisted community manager for SEALs, Navy Divers, EOD Technicians and Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen. He served on the Joint Staff as the J3 deputy directorate for Special Operations as the Global War on Terror branch chief and as chief staff officer of Pakistan-Afghanistan Coordination Cell.

Source navy.mil

Memorial Day Program

0800
Flag Retirement Ceremony

0900
Memorial Day Ceremony

Presentation of Colors
Centennial High School, Black Talon Navy JROTC Color Guard

National Anthem
Lieutenant Colonel Cynthia Watkins Pishdad US Army (Ret)

Welcome
Rick Kaiser USN SEAL Master Chief (Ret),
Museum Executive Director

Invocation
Rev. Mike Shockley, Chaplain USN (Ret)

Wreath Laying

Taps
Brian Hoce, Centennial High School Band Director
Jean Auguste, Westwood High School Band Director

Unveiling of Names of the Fallen
LTJG John Walter Gibson
BMC Brad Michael O’Neill
LT Mark Alan Weiss

Speaker Introduction
Rick Kaiser

Keynote Speaker
Vice Admiral Tim Szymanski, Deputy Commander,
U.S. Special Operations Command

Retirement of Colors

Service Conclusion
Rev. Mike Shockley

Complimentary admission into the Museum following the ceremony until its closure at 12:00 PM