CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Family, friends and community members will gather today at West Ashley High School to honor Master Chief Timothy Strickland, who passed away last Friday.
The special memorial ceremony will be held at 2:30 p.m. in the West Ashley High School gymnasium. It is open to the public.
Friday's ceremony is being put together by the high school, were Strickland, 59, served as the Navy Junior Reserve Officer's Training Corps instructor since the school opened in 2000.
Before joining West Ashley High School, Strickland served 24 years in the United States Navy where he received the highest enlisted rank of E-9.
"His legacy will live on through his selfless acts of kindness for others, through the hearts and minds of our student body, and through all of the faculty and staff whom he considered to be very dear friends," Principal William Runyon said in a statement.
The ceremony will include tributes from the school's band, drama department, and NJROTC program, as well as speeches from former and current West Ashley High School principals. It will end with the passing of the flag and the playing of Taps.
Following the special ceremony, a memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. at St. Mark United Methodist Church.
Grief counselors were made available on campus earlier this week to any students or faculty that needed additional support and guidance.