The tradition continues as more than 1,000 flags will be placed along the paths that cross Lambdin Green on the campus of Gordon State College Friday, November 11 for the annual National Roll Call event to recognize Veteran's Day.
Guest speakers for the 2 p.m. event are Col. Glen Walters, Maj. David Casebeer, USAF, (Ret.) and Gordon Military College alumnus LTC Thomas Torbert, U.S. Army (Ret.)
The National Roll Call project began on Nov. 11, 2011 when students, faculty, staff and community members at more than 180 colleges and universities nationwide came together and demonstrated their commitment to remembering those who, as President Lincoln described, "…gave their last full measure of devotion" while serving our country."
Col. Walters has served at bases throughout Georgia as well as in Kabul, Afghanistan. Currently, Col. Walters serves as the Garrison Commander of the Guard Training Center at Fort Stewart Georgia.
Col. Walters is a graduate of Command and General Staff College Intermediate Level Education, Airborne School, and Combined Arms Service Staff School. He has a Bachelor's Degree from North Georgia College in Dahlonega and a Masters of Business Administration from Georgia College in Milledgeville. He is enrolled in the United States Army War College class of 2018.
He and his wife, Angie, have three children. Two of their children are currently Cadets in the Georgia Army National Guard and attend the University of North Georgia.
Maj. David L. Casebeer retired in April 1998.
Before his retirement he served as Regional Director of Admissions, Region 1, Air Force ROTC, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.
After his retirement, Major Casebeer served the Air Force as a Senior Aerospace Science Instructor, Air Force Junior ROTC from 2000-2015 in high schools in Mississippi and Texas.
Major Casebeer holds a Master's Degree in Education, Area of Counseling from Boston University. He is a 1979 graduate of Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor's degree in History. Additionally, he completed 60 post graduate hours from the University of Alabama in the areas of School Psychology and Special Education.
Major Casebeer is married to Dr. Cindy M. Casebeer. They have two grown children and two granddaughters.
LTC Thomas Torbert, U.S. Army (Ret.) was born in Barnesville and is a graduate of Gordon Military College and the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. His military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, the Adjutant General Officer Advanced Course and the US Army Command and General Staff College.
LTC Torbert has been employed by the College Options Foundation as the Leadership Program Manager for the annual National JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl since 2011.
He and his wife have been married since 1969. They reside in Marietta, Ga. and have three sons and 10 grandchildren.
Gordon State College student veteran Maxwell Willis will give the opening remarks.
The Lamar County High School JROTC will present the colors and the Gordon State Choir will perform.
Taps will be played by Tristan Kneringer.
This event is free and the community is invited to attend. Parking is available behind the Welcome Center at College Drive and Spencer Street.