The Clemson Corps will host a community-wide Memorial Day service honoring America’s military dead from all wars on Sunday, May 26 at Clemson University’s Scroll of Honor Memorial. This year’s ceremony, which will begin at 4 o’clock p. m., recognizes the seventy-fifth anniversary of World War II’s D-Day landings that led to the liberation of France.
The guest speaker will be retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Claude Cooper. Cooper, a 1967 graduate of Clemson University, served two tours with the Green Berets in Vietnam and also completed assignments with the 82nd Airborne Division and the 7th Special Forces Group. He is the recipient of the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars, Purple Heart, Combat Medic Badge,Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Master Parachutist Badge. Upon retirement from the Army, Cooper served as director of administrative support services for Appalachian State University. Cooper is the author of two books, a memoir entitled Leavings: Honeycutt to Cooper Ridge, and Finding Strong, co-written with his daughter Leigh Cooper Wallace. Cooper and his wife Louise make their home in Clemson. Cooper’s remarks will center on Clemson University’s military heritage and the upcoming 75th anniversary of D-Day.
The memorial service will feature the placing of a wreath, a twenty-one gun salute, and the playing of Taps.
Limited seating will be provided so participants are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs.
In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be canceled.
Contact: Kelly Durham