The Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk has announced its Memorial Day ceremony set for 9 a.m. Thursday, May 26, at Warrior Memorial Park.


The Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk has announced its Memorial Day ceremony set for 9 a.m. Thursday, May 26, at Warrior Memorial Park.
Keynote speakers will be Brig. Gen. Clarence K.K. Chinn, commanding general of the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk, and retired Gen. Charles C. Campbell, former commander of Forces Command.
The ceremony honors the service members killed in American conflicts. This year's commemoration holds special significance as 14 names are added to the park's granite obelisk Global War on Terror memorials. Those markers already bear the names of 70 Fort Polk soldiers who have lost their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq in service to the nation. Those 84 names will be read aloud in memoriam.
Gold Star families or their representatives - those who have lost a soldier in service of the country - will receive a red rose. The red rose represents love, appreciation and fidelity. Families that have lost a soldier based at Fort Polk will lay a white rose on the memorial, symbolizing purity, hope and virtue.
A number of community organizations will lay wreaths at the memorial. A fired salute and the playing of Taps will also highlight the ceremony.