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Memorial Day ceremony in Jasper Monday


Col. Robert Cagle will be the keynote speaker.

       In honor of fallen veterans, the North Ga. Mountains Det. Marine Corps League will hold a Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 31. 

The ceremony will be held at Sunrise Memorial Gardens Cemetery, located at 364 East Church Street, Jasper. The public is invited to attend this poignant event, which begins at 10 a.m. 

This year, retired Marine Col. Robert Cagle will be the keynote speaker. 

Colonel Robert Cagle, USMCR (Ret.) grew up on his family’s farm in north Georgia.  He graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in 1988 reporting for active duty that year.  Since that time he has served continuously in active and reserve duties.  His assignments are varied within the Marine Corps serving in command and staff positions at every level up to the Division.  

Col. Cagle has commanded Charlie Company, 4th Landing Support Battalion in Charleston S.C. and HQ and Service Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group, in Marietta, Ga.  He is a veteran of Desert Shield and Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf, and Operation Eastern Exit - Mogadishu Somalia.   

Col. Cagle has been mobilized for deployments in support of the Global War on Terrorism - Operation Enduring Freedom first at an anti-terrorism base in the Horn of Africa 2005, and then 2011-2012 with U.S. Marine Corps Forces Central Command (MARCENT) in the Kingdom of Bahrain.  Upon demobilization, he served the 4th Marine Division as the Assistant Chief of Staff G-4 followed by a three-year assignment to Headquarters Marine Corps.  

Col. Cagle’s final assignment was with Marine Corps Recruiting Command (MCRC) as the Reserve Support Officer for the Eastern Recruiting Region where he served until his retirement in July 2018 concluding 30 years of active and reserve service.

His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with gold star in lieu of second award, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal, and the Humanitarian Service Medal.   

Col. Cagle is an educator at Riverside Military Academy. He has served as Interim Dean of Academics, and is currently the Science Department Chair teaching both Science and Social Studies.