Memorial Day: wreath laying ceremony and program

Memorial Day activities have been announced for Monday, May 30, 2022.

Wreath Laying Ceremony
• A wreath laying ceremony will be held at Veterans Memorial Park of Jackson County on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30th, at 9 a.m.

Light Breakfast
• After the wreath laying ceremony, a light breakfast will be held at Post at the park. All are welcome to a free meal.

Memorial Day Program
• The program will begin at 10 a.m. at Collins Intermediate auditorium. This year, Aaron Bruce Tibbetts will be the speaker for Memorial Day at Scottsboro’s Memorial Day event on Monday, May 30, 2022.

Tibbetts has a desire to honor his father and a commitment to carry his torch.

In 1969, his father, Army Private First Class Bruce Tibbets, gave the ultimate sacrifice to his country on a mountain in Vietnam. Aaron was only three weeks old at the time and never had the opportunity to meet his father. For most of his life, he held animosity and bitterness to toward Vietnam and its people.

A series of events occurred that led Aaron to travel there, and it changed his life. It was in Vietnam that Tibbetts connected with his father and has since traveled back to Vietnam many times with a mission team of which he is an active board member.

Tibbetts was born and raised in Maine and is a graduate of the University of Maine. His professional career as a nuclear project controls consultant has allowed him to work in many areas of the United States and countries abroad.

He and his wife of 26 years, Terri, reside in Chapin, South Carolina. Together, they have two sons who both attend the University of South Carolina. They attend Gateway Baptist Church in Irmo and are involved with several charitable groups and organizations.

Tibbetts will remind us to never forget our fallen heroes and the sacrifices they made for our freedoms. This remarkable story reminds us there can be triumph from tragedy. The entire journey has resulted in many amazing outcomes that Tibbett will outline when he speaks on his experience.

On Memorial Day, let us remember those who made our tomorrow possible.

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