The 33rd Whiteman Memorial Wreath-Laying Ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, May 15 at Memorial Park Cemetery, 3306 Green Ridge Road, Sedalia at 11 a.m.
The event is in memory of 2nd Lt. George A. Whiteman, AF-O-399683, 44HQ PSQ, 18PGP, United States Air Force, who was born:12 Oct. 12, 1919, and died Dec. 7, 1941.

Guest speaker will be Representative Brad Pollitt, a Republican, represents parts of Johnson and Pettis Counties (District 52) in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was elected to his first two-year term in November 2018.

In addition to his legislative duties, Rep. Pollitt is the owner and operator of Rocher P. Cattle Company LLC. He previously worked as an educator and administrator for 34 years. Pollitt served as a teacher and coach in North Shelby and Sedalia, a principal in Smithton, assistant superintendent in Knob Noster and superintendent in Sedalia.

He is a member of the B&G Club, Rotary Club, Pachyderm Club, Missouri Cattlemen's Association, Missouri Farm Bureau, National Rifle Association and the Sedalia Chamber of Commerce. Rep. Pollitt has also been active in working with other community leaders to address local military needs at Whiteman Air Force Base, which is located in his district.

Rep. Pollitt was recognized as Girls Basketball Missouri Coach of the Year in 1990 after winning a state championship. In 2017, while he was superintendent in Sedalia, the Sedalia School District was selected by the Department of Secondary and Elementary Education as a model district and tasked with implementing a new educational initiative to improve student outcomes.

Rep. Pollitt received his bachelor's degree from Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State) and his master's in education from William Woods University. He also received a educational specialist certificate from the University of Central Missouri.
Rep. Pollitt resides in Sedalia with his wife, Danette. They have three children: Kevin, Whitney, and Brianna. They attend Maplewood Church in Sedalia.

Rep Pollitt is the Chairman of the Rural Community Development Committee and a member of the General Laws and Elementary and Secondary Education Committees.

The ceremony is sponsored by the Sedalia Area Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee.

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