CLEMSON – 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 p.m., recognizes the 75th anniversary of World War II’s D-Day landings.
The guest speaker will be retired Army Lt. Col. 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 titled “Leavings: Honeycutt to Cooper Ridge” and “Finding Strong,” co-written with his daughter Leigh Cooper Wallace.
Cooper and his wife, Louise, live in Clemson.
The memorial service will feature the placing of a wreath, a 21-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.
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