High school ceremony to honor veterans

  • LEFT: 1st Lt. William Mayfield will give the keynote address at the upcoming Veterans Day Celebration at Lumpkin County High School. Mayfield was a member of the original JROTC Corps of Cadets at the school. RIGHT: Veteran Andrew Harwood directs the Lumpkin County High School Band of Gold at last year’s ceremony.
    LEFT: 1st Lt. William Mayfield will give the keynote address at the upcoming Veterans Day Celebration at Lumpkin County High School. Mayfield was a member of the original JROTC Corps of Cadets at the school. RIGHT: Veteran Andrew Harwood directs the Lumpkin County High School Band of Gold at last year’s ceremony.
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Lumpkin County High School JROTC Cadet Maj. Tatianna Lowell kicks off the annual Veterans Day Celebration in the school’s gymnasium.
The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. (not 9 a.m. as previously printed in The Nugget).
“The cadets are responsible for putting the entire program together,” said Senior Army Instructor retired Maj. Jeff Moran.
In addition to cadets, Moran, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rob Brown will offer remarks, the Band of Gold will present a musical selection and former JROTC cadet, now 1st Lt. William Mayfield will give the keynote address. The program will be followed with lunch for the veterans.
Born and raised in Lumpkin County, Mayfield graduated from LCHS and was a member of the first JROTC Corps of Cadets the school had. He went on to join the Corps at North Georgia College and State University while enlisted in the Georgia Army National Guard.
Mayfield left college to attend Officers Candidate School, commissioning as a 2nd lieutenant. He earned a  Bachelor’s of Science Degree in general studies from Southern New Hampshire University and graduated from the Infantry Officers Basic Leadership Course at Fort Benning.
He is currently the Battalion Logistics Officer for the 2nd Battalion, 121st Infantry Regiment with 11 years of military service.
He has served as a Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, Scout Platoon Leader, Battalion Logistics Officer and Battalion Operations Staff Officer.
Mayfield recently returned from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. During his service he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with combat device, Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters and one with combat device, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Armed forces Reserve Medal, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Ribbon and the Georgia State Active Duty Ribbon.
His next duty assignment is expected to be the Company Commander for Delta Company 1st Battalion, 121st Infantry regiment, starting in January.