Jefferson County Veterans Affairs director Rick Murray will be the featured speaker at two Veteran’s Day events in the Brookville area.
Murray is a Brookville Area High School graduate and U. S. Navy veteran.
Murray served as an Operation Department Leading Petty Officer (LCPO) while assigned to the U. S. S. Normandy from 2013 to 2016. In that role he was a Force Anti-Air Warfare Coordinator responsible for the aircraft, ships and missile defense batteries in the defense of the carrier strike group.
From 2010-2013 he was assigned to Afloat Training Group, Atlantic where he was involved with ballistic missile defense, air warfare training lead and scheduler.
He was assigned to the U. S. S. Barry from 2006 to 2010 where he managed the professional development and welfare of 85 department personnel and coordinated multi-national and service information data links into a cohesive tactical picture for fleet commanders.
He was assigned to the fleet combat training center from 2003-2006 where he managed $1.4 million annual budget for training resources on the east coast.
His first assigned was to the U.S.S. George Washington from 2001 to 2003 as the information operation division leading Petty Officer.
During his career with the Navy, Murray received four Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals for outstanding achievement and meritorious service, He also received eight Navy Achievement medals for superior performance over the course of his career.
The annual Veterans Day service in Brookville will be held at the Jefferson County Courthouse this year.
The event will open at 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month, the traditional time for Veterans Day services. That date marks the start of the armistice that ended hostilities in World War I.
Master of ceremonies James A. McCurdy, commander of the Jefferson County American Legion Council, will open the services. He will be followed by James Porter, Chaplain of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2014 who will offer the invocation.
Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the “Service March” will be played.
Veterans Day remarks will be provided by David Deemer, vice commander of American Legion Post 102. He will be followed by Rick Murray, Jefferson County Veterans Affairs.
Commander McCurdy will provide the closing remarks. Chaplain Porter will say the benediction.
A rifle salute will be performed by the Brookville Honor Guard.
The Richardsville Community Center will host a Veterans Dinner on Friday, November 10 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Community Center. Roast beef, rolls, beverages and table service will be provided. Please take a covered dish to share.
There will be a program honoring veterans after the meal. The organizers of the dinner are “going to do something a little different” this year.. They are asking that you bring pictures and/or short stories of your veteran family or friends. “We are not asking for memorabilia this year. We would really like to see pictures of your military family,” they said.
The guest speaker will be Rick Murray. Brenda Mishler will sing the National Anthem and some other songs. Denny Iorfida will also sing.
A free will offering will be given to a veterans organization.
A dinner honoring veterans will be held at the Sigel Civic Center on Saturday, No. 11 starting at 5 p.m. Tickets are available at Trumans Store. Additional details were not available.