May 25--The Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives will welcome a one-star general to town during its annual Memorial Day ceremony.
The public event is 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Limestone County Event Center, which is adjacent to the museum at 100 Pryor Street in Athens.
Brig. Gen. Theodore "Ted" Harrison, commander of the Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal, will be the keynote speaker.
Harrison, recognized as the Army's top acquisitions director in 2010, is a Virginia Tech ROTC graduate and a 33-year veteran. He started his Army career in Air Defense Artillery and then became a helicopter pilot.
As ACC commander, Harrison leads about 1,200 military and civilian employees who provide global contracting services for Army personnel, according to the Arsenal's post newspaper, the Redstone Rocket.
"The acquisition corps is the link between our Army and one of our country's greatest strengths, our industrial base fueled by free enterprise," Harrison told the Rocket last year. "I think what has changed in the last 10 years of war has been our ability to bring acquisition support closer to the war fighter. Iraq and Afghanistan really forced us to build (contracting) capability."
The Yellowhammer Brass Quintet from the Army Materiel Command will perform. Refreshments will be served at the museum following the ceremony.
Memorial Day was first observed in 1868 at Arlington National Cemetery, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. It previously was called Decoration Day because people placed flowers on veterans' graves.
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