WSIL -- This weekend, many communities will honor our nation's heroes. Saturday, there will be a Memorial Day service at Mound City National Cemetery.
The ceremony will start at 10 a.m with guest speaker, former Navy Seal, Elliott Miller.
Elliott grew up in Mounds, IL and served in the Marine Corps for four years. Less than a year after he was honorably discharged he enrolled at Southern Illinois University. Then 9/11 occurred. Once again, Elliott felt the call to serve, and this time he enlisted in the Navy with a goal of becoming a Navy SEAL. Elliott successfully completed training and was assigned to SEAL Team 5 as a sniper and combat medic.
Elliott deployed to Ramadi, Iraq in 2006. While on a mission, he was gravely injured by an improvised explosive device and suffered severe head trauma, burns on 15 percent of his body, massive blood loss, a broken right arm, a collapsed lung, many soft tissue wounds from shrapnel, and a severely damaged left leg. He was in a coma for four months. Over the next few years, Elliot underwent more than 60-surgeries, including multiple skin graphs and the amputation of his left leg. The severe brain trauma made it near impossible for him to even speak.
Extra parking with transportation for the service will be available at the Old St. Mary's Church in Mound City from 9 a.m. to noon.
Thursday, May 24, 2018, flags will be placed in front of each monument in the cemetery. The time of placement will begin at 4:30 p.m. Any help is welcome.