Monday, May 02, 2011

Memorial Day 2011 May 30.


Everyone is invited to the fourth annual Memorial Day event on Monday, May 30 at 10 a.m. at Milton City Hall (click here for directions=>,+Alpharetta,+GA&ie=UTF8&z=14&ll=34.101287,-84.268227&spn=0.026723,0.088921&om=1&iwloc=addr

The ceremony will feature a roll call of local veterans, both living and fallen, patriotic songs, and markers for more than 200 Miltonians who served their country.

This year's speaker is Col. Murphy Neal Jones of Covington, La. On June 29, 1966, during his third combat tour in Vietnam, Jones was shot down and captured on the outskirts of Hanoi. He was wounded by shrapnel in both legs when his aircraft was hit and sustained a dislocated shoulder, a broken arm and a broken back when he ejected at approximately 300 feet and over 620 miles per hour.

After spending nearly seven years as a prisoner of war, he was released on Feb. 12, 1973. Neal returned to the cockpit after his release and served as Commander of the 357th Tactical Fighter Squadron and as Chief of the War and Mobilization Planning Division at United States Air Force Headquarters. He retired as a colonel after twenty-one years of service.

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