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31st Annual Commemorative Program for MLK
Houston County Courier - January 2009
The 31st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Program will be held in the Crockett Alternative School Auditorium on Sunday, Jan. 18 at 3 p.m.
The featured speaker is former Crockett resident Lieutenant Colonel Donald D. Ards, U.S. Army, Retired, of San Antonio.
Lt. Col. Ards is the son of the late Nealy and Florida Ards. His siblings include Cather Marie Woods of Crockett, Ina Marie McCoo of Mt. Pleasant, Gursie Claiborne of San Antonio, Pearlie Fobbs of Crockett, and Skunnie Ards of Crockett.
Ards attended first through 11th grade at Williams School and graduated from Ralph J. Bunche High School in 1967. In 1971 he graduated from St. Mary's University in San Antonio with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history.
Soon after his college graduation, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army.
During his Army career, Lt. Col. Ards had multiple assignments as a commander, personnel officer and staff officer at Headquarters, Department of the Army.
He had tours of duty in Korea, twice in Germany, and served at various locations throughout the U.S. including Fort Hood in Texas and the Military District of Washington, D.C.
During his military career he received numerous awards and decorations for his outstanding performance of duty. He is also a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College.
Ards resides in San Antonio and now provides community service at the Veterans Hospital to see that veterans receive benefits they deserve.
According to his sister, Ms. Woods, his motto in life is "Do the right thing because it's the right thing to do."
Ards was the motivational speaker at the RBHS Reunion about three years ago and returns to Crockett to speak at the 31st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Program. The program will have the usual business leaders, clergy, educators, students and politicians as participants.
The public is encouraged to attend this program to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to greet and meet a native son of the community.