Events planned for weekend to memorialize Lt. Steven Floyd

DOVER — Sunday will mark the one-year anniversary of the funeral procession that took correctional officer Lt. Steven Floyd’s remains from a memorial at Delaware State University to Barratt’s Chapel in Frederica.

He was killed in the deadly inmate uprising at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna.

To mark the anniversary, the Department of Correction will host a memorial event at the entrance of Vaughn prison at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

The service, on 1181 Paddock Road in Smyrna, will be open to the public.

DOC spokesman Jayme Gravell said the event was largely organized by correctional officer Lt. Orlando DeJesus and DOC staff. It will feature the DOC’s honor guard posting the colors, DOC buglers playing Taps and Delaware State Police pipers and drummers.

“The Governor and DOC Commissioner will speak along with one of Lt. Floyd’s classmates,” said Ms. Gravell. “A wreath that was placed in the gatehouse on Feb. 1 will be marched to the memorial wall in front of Vaughn and the plaque to be mounted on the wall will be unveiled. The public is welcome and we’re inviting all our partner agencies as well. We’re hoping for a big turnout to help honor Lt. Floyd’s sacrifice.”

Lt. DeJesus, noted that a private event had been held at the prison last Thursday.

“That memorial was the first of two events planned by Vaughn personnel to aide in the healing of what every person employed by the DOC now calls: ‘The DOC Family,’” he said. “At the first event, the DOC honor guard lowered the agency flag to half-mast as a procession carried a memorial wreath honoring Lt. Floyd to the gatehouse where it will remain until the final memorial event on Sunday. This final memorial will bring together the combined efforts of the DOC and the Delaware State Police, along with other first responder agencies to conclude the mourning period in the loss of Lt. Floyd.”

The Correctional Officers Association of Delaware will also be hosting an event in Lt. Floyd’s honor Friday evening. The event, called “Show Love, Share Love,” runs from 8 p.m. to midnight at the COAD Union Hall on 1243 College Park Drive in Dover. It’ll feature a fundraising raffle and entertainment by DJ Goldblooded. For more information, visit coadinfo.org/

Staff writer Ian Gronau can be reached at 741-8272 or igronau@newszap.com

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