Thursday, May 10, 2012
May 10, 2012
Community, Military, School and Public Safety Agencies Band Together to Honor Sgt. Lee of Keystone Heights
A memorial service will be held at Keystone Heights High School in Clay County at 7:00pm on May 14, 2012, to honor the life of a Clay County native. U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Dick Alson Lee Jr., a military policeman, was killed April 26 by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. The memorial event will be hosted by The American Legion (Keystone-Melrose Post 202). The ceremony/event point of contact for Post 202 is Noel Thomas, cell # 352-478-9356.
Donations for the family of Sgt. Dick Lee may be deposited in The American Legion’s “SGT Lee Memorial Fund” - account # 222490520 now open at Capital City Bank. The family has requested donations in lieu of flowers. However, if flowers are sent, they may be delivered to the school’s football stadium for display at the ceremony no later than 4pm on May 14th.
A large procession (that includes Sgt. Lee’s family, friends and 200+ motorcycles from various military organizations) will be visible Monday in our community prior to the memorial service. Beginning at the Wells Road-Blanding Blvd. intersection at about 5:30pm, the procession will head south on Blanding Blvd to Keystone Heights. Once in Keystone the escort will turn West (right) onto SR 100 then turn south (left) on Sunrise Blvd (at McDonalds). It will then turn left on Nightingale Street and proceed to Orchid Avenue which is the location of KHHS and the football stadium (Pecan Rd intersection). The expected arrival time to the stadium of this lengthy procession is roughly 6:45pm approximately. Media parking (for live trucks, etc) will be provided in close proximity to the ceremony/field, but crews must arrive for entry and set up by 4pm on Monday.
John Ward, Deputy Director of Clay County Division of Emergency Management, and CCSO Capt. Ronnie Gann will conduct a final planning meeting for all organizations involved on Friday, May 11th at 1pm. Members of the media are invited to meet with Ward and Gann Friday (tomorrow) immediately following the meeting at 2:30pm to receive all the final details on the event. The county’s EOC is the location for this meeting and briefing in Green Cove Springs (2519 SR 16 West).
An additional point of contact for this memorial event and the media briefing above is Capt. Bernita Bush, Clay County Fire Rescue. ((904) 541-5389 or (904) 591-4860).