On Thursday November 11th at 11 AM, Caswell County will have a Veterans Day ceremony at the Yanceyville Town Pavilion. This is an outdoor event, rain-or-shine, so please come prepared and bring outdoor chairs.

The speaker this year is US Army Colonel Eugene (Gene) J. Davis (Ret). Colonel Davis ,was commissioned a second lieutenant of infantry through the Army ROTC Program at Howard University Washington, DC where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree.

Colonel Davis commanded air assault infantry units and aviation units. His service as a staff officer included tours of duty as a 5-3 (Operations Officer) or G-3 (Operations Officer) at battalion, brigade, joint task force and theater Army levels. He served as Inspector General for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Ft. Campbell, KY. He was selected to command the Ft. Campbell, KY Garrison. He had tours of duty as Chief of Staff for US Army Aviation Troop Command and Chief of Staff for the National Defense University.

Upon retiring from the Army, he was selected to be Sr. VP (Operations) for America’s Promise the Alliance for Youth, then served as Sr. VP (Operations) for Community In Schools, Inc. He also worked as a defense and security contractor prior to returning to serve the Army as a Department of Army Civilian. As a Department Army Civilian, Gene served as Director of Plans, Analysis and Integration: Director of Resource Management: and Deputy Garrison Commander for the Ft. Meter Military Community.

Education: MED, Adult Education from Howard University in 1984 and a BS in Physical Education from Howard in 1970.

Training: Homeland Security Exercise & Evaluation Programs Course, Garrison Commanders Course in 1994, National War College in 1998, Inspector general Course in 1986, US Marine Corps Command Staff College in 1981, Infantry Officers Advance Officers Advance Course in 1974, Army Aviator Couse in 1972 and Infantry Officers Basic Course in 1970.

Please join Veterans on November 11 at 11 AM, a day to give thanks to all Veterans. While the ceremony is at the pavilion you can look down at the Caswell County Veterans Memorial and visit the Memorial after the ceremony. Sit for a while and give thanks for your freedoms given to you by the Veterans whose names are etched in the black granite.

After the ceremony, a snack will be provided by Piedmont Community College Alumni.

The ceremony is sponsored by the Caswell County Senior Center, VFW Post 7316, AmericanLegion Post 89, and Piedmont Community College Alumni.