Col. Bert Gilmore
Col. Bert Gilmore
Col. Kenny B. "Bert" Gilmore, a Neshoba County native now of Sebastopol, will be the guest speaker at the annual Veterans Day program Monday in DeWitt DeWeese Park.

The program will begin at 11 a.m. In case of rain it will be moved to the Veterans of Foreign Wars building on Mississippi 16 east.

Kenneth Edwards will serve as master of ceremonies. Aynie Whitlock will sing the national anthem. The Neshoba Central Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps will present the colors.

Veterans' groups will place wreaths at the memorial monument.

Leavy Shoffner will present the devotional.

Gold Star mothers will be recognized. Carr Arthur will introduce the guest speaker. Amelia Henson will pay taps.

Col. Gilmore began his military career when he enlisted in the Service Battery, 4th Battalion 114th Field Artillery in Decatur in 1979.

Upon commissioning as a second lieutenant through the Army ROTC Program at Mississippi State University in 1983, he was assigned as a field artillery officer and served in numerous positions with the 4th Battalion 114th Field Artillery.

In 1993, it began its transition to the new Avenger Air Defense Artillery weapon system.

This transition changed the career of Col. Gilmore and all the members of the battalion.

Col. Gilmore served as operations officer and executive officer during the early years. In late 1999, he was summoned by the Mississippi Army National Guard Recruiting Battalion where he served as operations and training officer, north region commander and later commander.

Having civilian education and training in agriculture, Col Gilmore most recently was selected to serve on the Mississippi Agribusiness Development Team.

His team served the Afghan government and the people of Zabul Providence during his tour in Afghanistan.

Col. Gilmore and his wife, Carleen, live in Sebastopol with their two children, Lacey and Tyler.

He is the son of Jan Gilmore and the late Kendall Gilmore of Neshoba County.