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Heath Mayor Ratcliffe speaking at Rest Haven Memorial Day service

ROCKWALL – Heath Mayor, attorney and former area Anti-Terrorism Director John Ratcliffe will be the guest speaker at the 37th annual outdoor Memorial Day commemoration at Rest Haven Memorial Park, beginning at 10 am.

Local Christian youth band, “More Than A Remedy,” will entertain the crowd with several patriotic songs.

Rowlett High School student Alex Dumas, a trumpet player for the Rowlett High School Mighty Eagle Band, willplay “Taps” at the close of the ceremony.

Other participants include the Civil Air Patrol-Lakeshore Composite Squadron, local American Legion Post 117 and the Tri-County Veterans Honor Guard.

The event is free of charge and refreshments will be served after the ceremony.  Seating is available, but lawn chairs are welcome and encouraged.

Since 2008 Ratcliffe has been a partner with former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft in Ashcroft Sutton Ratcliffe LLC, a national law firm focusing on government compliance and national security consulting. He and his wife and two daughters live in Heath.

He was appointed to serve in various positions during the administration of President George W. Bush. From 2004 through 2008, he served as the Director of Anti-Terrorism and National Security and then as the U. S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas. He also served on the U.S. Attorney General’s Advisory Subcommittee on National Security, where he helped to implement and revise national anti-terrorism initiatives, policies and strategies.

More Than A Remedy plays a variety of Christian music styles and has written several original songs.  They sponsor two children through Compassion International, and raise money for the Lottie Moon international missions offering.  The band members are Kelsey Whaley, Gavan Maners, Christian Smothers, Tom Rester, Tanner Connley, Joshua Money and Kaleb Green.

Rest Haven Funeral Home and Memorial Park is located at 2500 State Highway 66 East in Rockwall. For more information, contact Sharon Connor at 972-771-8641 or visit http://www.resthavenfuneral.com/events.cfm.

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