NEWTOWN >> The Morell Smith Post 440 of the American Legion and the Student Council of Council Rock High School North will conduct a Memorial Day Ceremony at Council Rock North, 62 Swamp Road, Newtown, on Friday, May 25 beginning at 9 a.m. Attendees are asked to arrive by 8:30 a.m.
The ceremony, an annual event at the school, will include a salute to fallen Council Rock North students who were killed in action in American wars as well as all deceased veterans who served their country. This year’s guest speaker will be Sherri R. Jones (Retired Chief Yeoman) of Holland, Bucks County.
Post Commander Mike Errico said the public is invited to attend and serving members of the nation’s Armed Forces are encouraged to wear their uniforms.
Jones began working in the Public Affairs Office for the Department of Defense at Naval Air Station (NAS) Willow Grove right after high school. After moving to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland she married her husband who served on active duty for 27 years in the Navy. Becoming a military spouse and moving around with her husband allowed her the opportunity to work in a variety of related fields: Assistant Editor, Naval Aviation News magazine, Washington, D.C.; Secretary, Naval Historical Center, Washington, D.C.; Graphic Artist, Thrifty Nickel, Dallas, TX; Office Manager/Graphic Artist, Bargains Plus, Slidell, LA; Business Education Developer, HazTrain, LaPlata, MD; and Public Affairs Officer (Supervisor), NAS Joint Reserve Base, Willow Grove.
Jones worked at NAS JRB Willow Grove until it closed in 2011. As the Public Affairs Officer she coordinated 10 Presidential visits, 6 major air shows, 5 golf tournaments, numerous Congressional and Presidential family visits, as well as serving as the community liaison officer, emergency response liaison and command spokesperson. Currently, she is the Administrator and Special Project Officer for Tactix Real Estate Advisors, a corporate real estate brokerage firm.
With her strong sense of commitment to her country, she joined the Navy Reserves in 1984 and served for more than 18 years earning the rank of Chief Yeoman. She deployed to Iceland, Italy, Germany, Japan and at numerous bases located in the US. She was recalled to active duty during Operation Desert Storm while assigned to Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 59 based in Dallas, Texas.
Sherri understands the importance of keeping history alive and is a member of the December 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor Survivors Remembrance Association. She is the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Navy League and was the Community Relations Project Officer for both the USS Somerset and USS Murtha’s commissioning ceremonies held in Philadelphia. For four years, she served on Congressman Michael Fitzpatrick’s Veterans Committee which was established to assist military personnel and their families with issues they are encountering.
She earned one of the highest civilian awards before her retirement from the Department of the Navy – the Department of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award and earned 3 Navy Achievement Medals while serving in the Navy Reserves.
However, she is most proud of her two sons, Brandon and Ryan (both Council Rock High School South graduates) and tells everyone they are her best work. Brandon is currently pursuing a career as an actor in Los Angeles while Ryan fulfilled his dream of playing professional soccer overseas when he played for Kemi Kings, the pro team in Finland. Prior to that he played in England while earning his Master’s Degree at Leeds Metropolitan University in England. Sherri and her husband Dale (who retired from the Navy as a Senior Chief Petty Officer) currently reside in Holland.