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Memorial Day Program

Memorial Day Program

May 27th, 2019 10:00am

Join the National Museum of the Pacific War, Admiral Nimitz Foundation, and Texas Historical Commission on Monday, May 27, 2019, at 10 a.m in our Memorial Courtyard to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Set among thousands of plaques, many of which honor men and women who gave their life during WWII, our annual Memorial Day Program is a time to honor and remember service members who are no longer with us. This program is free and open to the public. 


We are excited to welcome Eric D. Brown, Deputy Director, Texas State Veterans Cemeteries Program as our keynote speaker this year. This year the Navy Information Operation Command (NIOC) Choir from San Antonio will be here to perform the National Anthem and the Nimitz Living History Detachment will execute the 3-Gun Volley followed by Taps performed by Bill Smallwood. We will also be recognizing the wreaths placed around the Memorial Courtyard as part of our Memorial Wall Endowment. 


Keynote Speaker:

Eric Brown currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Texas State Veterans Cemeteries Program. In this role, he oversees four Texas State Veterans cemeteries, which are strategically located throughout the state providing earned burial benefits. Mr. Brown provides senior-level strategic planning and technical assistance to program staff, governmental agencies, community organizations, and the public. Mr. Brown is an Air Force veteran and served on assignments in Japan, Philippines, Africa, the Middle East, and various locations throughout the continental United States.


Mr. Brown graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland and earned his MBA in International Business from Touro University International.  He has also gained certificates in International Marketing and attended the School of Addictions at the Center for Alcohol Studies, Rutgers University. 


During his 22 year career, he served 15 years as an Aerospace Ground Equipment Specialist and 7 years as an Air Force Mental Health Flight Chief in the delivery of mental health, substance abuse, and family advocacy services. Eric has served with the Veterans Land Board since 2013, under the leadership of the honorable Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush.


His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Air Force Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Chief Master Sgt Lewis W. Dunlap Outstanding Senior NCO of the Year, Pacific Air Forces, 374 Medical Group Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, 374 Medical Operations Squadron Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, Distinguished Graduate, Air Force Mental Health Technician course.  

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