Join Transylvania County Citizens to Honor Our Fallen on Memorial Day: Parade and Ceremony

Monday, May 30
Parade at 9:00 AM
Ceremony at 10:00 AM

The American Legion is sponsoring a parade to honor our fallen heroes and Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 30.

Hosted by Mayor Maureen Copelof (Captain, U.S. Navy, Ret.) the parade will begin at the corner of Main Street and Broad Street, downtown Brevard, at 9:00 AM, followed by a ceremony at the courthouse at 10:00 AM.

Grand Marshals of the parade are brothers and Brevard natives George Poor and L.C. Poor. George Poor served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War and is founder of the Transylvania County Honor Guard. L.C. Poor served in the U.S. Marine Corps in WWII, serving in the Pacific as aircraft technician on F4U Corsairs.

At 10:00 AM in front of the courthouse, join us for the ceremony that includes the laying of the wreaths, the Transylvania County Honor Guard, and a keynote speech.

Brevard native Joe Cooper will be riding in the WWII Jeep. Cooper served as a gunner in the U.S. Navy – Pacific in WWII, serving on the USS Ommaney Bay when it was hit by a Japanese kamikaze (which burned and sank). Cooper also served in the U.S. Army in Europe during the Berlin airlift and in combat in the Korean War. After the 10:00 ceremony, Cooper will be in the museum to meet people who would like to have a free signed copy of his written story, thank him for his service, and talk with him about his experiences.


Brevard native Joe Cooper

Pictured at right: Dr. Herbert served as a Naval Special Warfare (SEAL) Officer 1984 to 2010. He retired at the rank of Captain.

Brevard resident Captain Roger Herbert, US Navy (Retired), Ph.D., will deliver the keynote speech.

A 1983 graduate of Davidson College, Dr. Herbert holds a Master of Arts in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School, a Master of Science in National Security Studies from the National War College, and a Ph.D. in International Relations and Political Theory from the University of Virginia.

Dr. Herbert received his commission as an officer in the US Navy in 1984. His junior officer tours include assignments at SEAL Teams TWO and EIGHT, SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team TWO, and the Naval Special Warfare Development Group. As a senior officer, he commanded SEAL Delivery Vehicle TWO, Naval Special Warfare Unit THREE (headquartered in Bahrain), and the Naval Special Warfare Center (Naval Special Warfare’s training command).

Significant shore assignments include Executive Assistant to the Deputy Commander of US Naval Forces Europe, Executive Assistant to the Joint Staff’s Deputy Director for Information Operations, and US Special Operations Command’s liaison to the US Coast Guard.

Following his retirement from the Navy in 2010, Dr. Herbert led The Outdoor Academy in Pisgah Forest. He is also a backpacking instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School.

In 2018, he accepted a position on the faculty of the US Naval Academy.

Dr. Herbert teaches military ethics for the University of New South Wales, Australia. His publications include two forthcoming books: Special Ops Ethics: Raids, Recoveries, Reconnaissance and Rebels (with co-authors Deane-Peter Baker and David Whetham).

Special Warfare Seal Officer

Captain Roger Herbert, US Navy (Retired), Ph.D.

Special Warfare seal Officer

Dr. Herbert 

Dr. Herbert’s thoughts about Memorial Day: “It’s about coming together as a people to remember those who gave their lives while serving in the US Armed Forces. I observe Memorial Day by taking time to remember friends and colleagues who lost their lives in the line of duty. There have been far too many. I think about the extraordinary physical and moral courage of a chief I served with during my first combat deployment, Operation Just Cause in Panama.

“I also think about the two Army helo pilots who were killed by enemy fire while protecting me and my troops during one of our first missions in Panama. I hold in my thoughts the memory of SEALs like Medal of Honor recipients Mike Murphy and Mike Monsoor who died way too young. I look forward to sharing at least a few of these during the ceremony on the 30th.”

memorial day ceremony
memorial day ceremony