WHAT IS THE NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY ASSOCIATION OF GEORGIA?
The purpose--the sole purpose--of our Association is to honor our Veterans, both past and present and to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. We do this through a ceremony held every Memorial Day, as we have done for the past 72 years.
The Officers and Board of the NMDA, along with our Patron Members and Member Organizations, encourage you to attend this ceremony honoring our Veterans and hope you find the experience uplifting and meaningful. And by joining and supporting the NMDA, you will help assure that this particular ceremony will continue for the years ahead and for generations to come.
Master of Ceremonies: BRIGADIER GENERAL THOMAS H. BLACKSTOCK, JR
Commander, 78th Troop Command, Georgia Army National Guard
Brigadier General Thomas H. Blackstock, Jr. serves as Commander, 78th Troop Command, Georgia Army National Guard. He enlisted in the Georgia National Guard in February 1982 and received his Regular Army commission in June 1986 through the Reserve Officers' Training Corps at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Over the last 35 plus years, General Blackstock has commanded at the company, battalion, group and brigade levels and has served in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, South Korea, Honduras and the Country of Georgia.
Keynote Speaker: MAJOR GENERAL CHARLES M. HOOD, JR. (Retired)
Major General Charles M. Hood, Jr., retired from military service in May 1995. During his 35 year career, he held a variety of command positions culminating in his appointment by President George H. W. Bush to serve as Adjutant General in the U. S. Virgin Islands National Guard. Since his retirement, he has been involved in several community activities and held leadership positions throughout north Georgia.
Reflections Speaker: COLONEL EDWARD (RUSTY) HIGHTOWER
Chief of Staff, Georgia State Defense Force
Hightower joined the Georgia State Defense Force on December 10th, 1990 and has served almost 28 years. He has served as a Battalion S3, Battalion Executive Officer, Battalion Commander, Brigade Executive Officer, Brigade Commander and now Chief of Staff.
The World War I Centennial Commission was created by an act of Congress in 2013. The 12-member commission was appointed by the President and the leaders of the House of Representatives, Senate as well as the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the National World War I museum. Their commission is to plan, develop and execute programs, projects and activities to commemorate the centennial of World War I.