CPT Emily Zukauskas is making a return appearance in Galva.

CPT Emily Zukauskas is making a return appearance in Galva.

CPT Zukauskas, the guest speaker at this year’s Memorial Day ceremony at the Galva Cemetery, will be featured speaker at Galva’s Veterans Day celebration Sunday, Nov. 11.

The American Legion will host its annual community breakfast that day from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Legion building, and then present its annual ceremony at 11 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park.

The Nov. 11 date marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. The war ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

In addition to CPT Zukauskas speaking, the ceremony in Veterans Memorial Park features Clifford Wright as master of ceremonies, Don Mitton with the invocation and benediction, the National Anthem by Aric Burhorn, Taps by Olof Collinson, the Pledge of Allegiance and Military Rites.

CPT Zukauskas’s military assignments include:

n Chief, Administrative and Civil Law, Rock Island Arsenal, July 2017 to present.

n Litigation & Training Officer, US Army Legal Services Agency, Fort Belvoir, Va., 2015-2017.

n Trial Counsel, First Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan., 2013-2015.

n Legal Assistance and Administrative Law Attorney, West Point, N.Y., 2011-2013

Zukauskas’s education includes Bates College, Lewistown, Maine, 2005; University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, Wis., 2010; and Judge Advocate Officer Basic Course, Charlottesville, Va., 2011.

Her awards feature the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism and Army Service Ribbon.

Both of her grandfathers served in World War II. Edward Zukauskas served in the U.S. Navy in the Atlantic and Frank Peterson Jr. served in the U.S. Army in North Africa and Italy. 

Peterson Jr. passed away in 2015 and is buried at Galva Cemetery. He was a member of the American Legion for 70 years.

Her father is Major General (Retired) Bruce Zukauskas, U.S. Army Reserve.

CPT Zukauskas is married to Brian Barnacle, a former Army Captain and current medical student at the University of Illinois. They have one child, Elinor, who was born in January 2018.