Bray to speak at Memorial Day program Monday morning, May 27
On Monday, May 27, a Memorial Day program sponsored by the Ralph Leui Post 135 American Legion and the Winston Toomey Post 8530 Veterans of Foreign Wars will be held to honor those who have died in service to our country along with active duty military and veterans.
The Avenue of Flags will be raised at 8 a.m. at the Potter County Courthouse in Gettysburg. The program will begin at 10 a.m. at the American Legion Community Building with Teresa Bray as the speaker.
Bray is a former South Dakota Deputy Secretary of State. She was born in Denver, CO where her father was Sheriff of Arapahoe County and her mother was Arapahoe County Treasurer. She graduated from Biola University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership in 2001.
She served as Deputy Secretary of State from 2008 to 2010, and has over 40 years of experience in the private and public sector and non-profit organizations.
She is currently a part of the Ministry Council and is the Women’s Ministry Director at New Life Assembly of God Church in Pierre, SD. Teresa is the President of Cen-Kota Republican Women for Pierre, and Member-at-Large for the South Dakota Federation of Republican Women.
She is the wife of retired FBI Special Agent Brett Bray. They have been married for 37 years and have resided in Pierre for almost nine years. She is the mother of two children, Brandon, 34, Principal Group Program Manager at Microsoft in Redmond, WA, and, Eliann, 32, Doctoral Candidate in Human Development and Educational Psychology at the University of South Dakota. Both Eliann and her husband, Patrick, are veterans of the Armed Forces. Teresa has two grandsons, Charles, 2, and Michael, 4 months.
Bray knows all too well that “when a person volunteers for military service, it is the family who serves,” and it can be rewarding and challenging. Her daughter and son-in-law have both served in out-of-country deployments.
Larry Madsen of the American Legion will serve as Master of Ceremonies with VFW Commander Lonnie Potts giving the introduction. John Lake will give the Invocation and Benediction. Allison Goebel will sing the National Anthem, and a musical number will be presented by Gail Larson. “In Flanders Field” will be read by Denver Jost, “I Am Your Flag” will be read by Dennis Maude, and Jenna Schweiss will present her 2013 Americanism Essay. VFW Auxiliary president Rosaland Eldeen will present “Gold Star Mothers.” Also on hand will be American Legion Commander Art Beringer and Auxiliary president Betty Holzwarth.
Following the program on Monday morning, honoring the dead and a 21 gun salute will be observed at the Avenue of Flags led by the American Legion and VFW Color Guard.