TU to hold 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony
Sept. 11, 2001, the day that a series of terrorist attacks changed the United States forever. Thomas University will observe this day and honor those who lost their lives during a remembrance ceremony at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, in front of Smith-Bonvillian Hall on the Main Campus.
The keynote speaker for the event will be Lt. Col. Kevin D. Ingram, who graduated from Thomas University in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant into the Air Defense Artillery from Florida State University. During his career with the Army, Ingram has served in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iraq. He is currently the Brigade Operations Officer for the 177th Armored Brigade, Joint Forces Training Center, at Camp Shelby, Miss. Later this month he will assume command of 1st Battalion, 346th Regiment.
Ingram’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal with three Campaign Stars, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral 2 Device, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Army Superior Unit Award, and the Army Staff Identification Badge.
In addition to this TU degree, Ingram also holds a master’s degree in Education from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in Military Operational Art and Science from the Air University.
Originally from Cairo, Ingram has a son, Jackson, and a daughter, Alexandra.
The ceremony will include the Thomasville High School JROTC Honor Guard, the Thomasville High School Choir and the release of Hope Balloons. Following the ceremony, a reception will be held at the TU Veterans’ Honor Park.