Memorial Day Service at the Navy SEAL Museum

27 May 2019

Many thanks to all who came out in observance of Memorial Day. Special thanks to Vice Admiral Tim Szymanski, Keynote Speaker; Rev. Mike Shockley, Invocation; Lieutenant Colonel Cynthia Watkins Pishdad, National Anthem; Brian Hoce, Taps; Jean Auguste, Taps; and Centennial High School Black Talon Navy JROTC, Color Guard.

Events at the Museum could not happen without the support of our wonderful volunteers. We also extend our deepest gratitude to those who traveled far and wide to support our Gold Star Families in attendance. Memorial Day is a sacred day at the Museum on which we honor the service and sacrifice of the fallen. We will never forget them.

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.


Memorial Day Program

Flag Retirement Ceremony

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)

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

Rev. Mike Shockley, Chaplain USN (Ret)

Wreath Laying

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

Unveiling of Names of the Fallen
LTJG John Walton 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