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Retired Navy Reserve Commander to speak at Memorial Day tribute

The annual Memorial Day program is Monday, May 25, at the Morris National Guard Armory.

A grave-side ceremony honoring fallen veterans follows the program.

Morris resident and retired Navy Reserve Commander Ted Storck will deliver the Memorial Day address.

The program at the armory begins with the Morris Community Band playing at 8:30 a.m., with the program beginning at 9 a.m.

The armory program is sponsored by the Morris American Legion and the cemetery program is sponsored by the Morris Veterans of Foreign Wars. AMVETS is working in conjunction with the Legion and VFW.

The service organizations also will return to a tradition of placing flags on the graves of veterans beginning at 6 a.m. on Memorial Day. A breakfast for those who helped place flags follows at the Legion, and the flags will be removed at 6 p.m. on Memorial Day.

At the armory program, Father Tim Baltes of Assumption Church will deliver the invocation, and Joe Peterson and Tori Peterson will sing.

Storck, a Morris native, enlisted in the Navy Reserve in 1956. After basic training, he served with the Taiwan Patrol Force and earned Petty Officer Third Class grade.

He graduated from the University of Minnesota and in 1965 earned a commission as ensign in the Navy Reserve.

Storck began an active duty assignment in the Pentagon in 1966, and later that year was sent to Syracuse University to work on a masters degree in photo-journalism. In 1967, Storck was assigned to Vietnam as a photo officer with Naval Forces Vietnam, which was headquartered in Saigon. He earned a Bronze Star with Combat V.

Storck later served in San Diego and again at the Pentagon. He retired in 1991 after reaching the rank of Commander and serving eight years active and 20 years in the Reserves.

Storck served the Los Angeles Police as an officer for three years, and later moved on to own radio stations in Nebraska, California and Minnesota.