Nov. 1, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- Former University of Georgia football player and decorated war veteran Col. Michael D. Steele (Ret.) will be the featured speaker at this year's Veteran's Day Ceremony at Oconee Hill Cemetery on Monday, Nov. 12.
Col. Steele, who played on the 1980 national championship team, was a U.S. Army company commander in the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment during the 1993 Somalia mission Operation Gothic Serpent, which inspired the now famous book and film "Black Hawk Down." He was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor Devise, as well as a Purple Heart among numerous other decorations.
An offensive lineman for the Bulldogs from 1978-82, Steele was known for his toughness and commitment on the scout team. He went through four spring camps without missing a single practice. For this he became the first recipient of the football team's "Steel Man Award," named after him and awarded to any player who attends every spring practice over the course of his career.
Steele will be introduced on Veteran's Day by former Georgia football head coach Vince Dooley, who led the Bulldogs from 1964-88. Dooley is a military veteran and has been inducted into the U. S. Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame.
The ceremony, which is hosted annually by the Friends of Oconee Hill Cemetery, will begin at 11 a.m. with self-guided tours of the cemetery available starting at 10 a.m. Light refreshments will be served following the ceremony.
For more information visit www.oconeehillcemetery.com.