Memorial Day ceremonies scheduled in Delaware

The following is a list of local Memorial Day celebrations set for this weekend:

Timmons to keynote Memorial Day in Dover

DOVER — Maj. Gen. Carol A. Timmons will serve as keynote speaker at Kent County Chapter 850, Vietnam Veterans of America’s, observance of Memorial Day at Kent County Veterans Memorial Park, Dover, at 2 p.m. on Monday.
She is a veteran of numerous contingencies, including Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Joint Guard, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Her deployed command experience includes 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron Commander and 455th Deputy Operations Group Commander.

Gen. Timmons is a Command Pilot with more than 5,200 hours flying C-130H, C-141 and UH-1 aircraft. She is also a first officer on the B-767-757 with United Airlines with over 10,000 hours of total flying time.

A Vietnam memorial is the centerpiece of the Kent County Veterans Memorial Park, South Little Creek Road, Dover. A Memorial Day ceremony begins at 2 p.m. Monday. Photo by Andrew West/Delaware State News

Memorial Day Ceremony  at Veterans Triangle, Dover

DOVER — The Dover American Legion will host this year’s Memorial Day Ceremony at the Veterans Triangle at the convergence of Loockerman and State streets and Kings Highway at 11 a.m. on Monday.

Co-hosted by the DELVETS, Post 2, this year’s observance is open to the public and any organizations that wish to attend or participate in the floral wreath presentation to honor our fallen veterans.

A long-in-time tradition, this past weekend, Dover’s Walter L. Fox Post 2 of the American Legion and other veteran groups placed flags on all veteran gravesites throughout the state.

The flags will remain until after the Memorial Day holiday and will be collected to be used again year after year.

The ceremony at the Veterans Triangle will host keynote speakers and include wreath dedications. After the commemoration, light fare and refreshments will be available to all attendees and participants at the host site of Dover’s Walter L. Fox American Legion at 835 S. Bay Road, easily sighted with the patriotic mural, miniature Statue of Liberty and airplane in front.

To become a participant or for more information, call Chip Rosan at 674-3922, Ext. 11, after 1 p.m.

Greenwood VFW Post 7478 Memorial Day Service

Greenwood Memorial VFW Post 7478 and its Auxiliary will sponsor the Memorial Day Service at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in the VFW Post 7478 home at 2 Governors Ave. in Greenwood. Light refreshments will follow the service.

Sussex County Memorial Day Celebration Sunday on Circle

GEORGETOWN — The traditional Sussex County Memorial Day Service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday on The Circle in Georgetown. Co-sponsors are the Georgetown Kiwanis Club, the Korean War Veterans Association and the Georgetown-Millsboro Rotary Club.

The keynote speech, “America Does It Right,” will be delivered by Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Michael R. Berry.

Master of ceremonies will be Dan Tabler, president of the Georgetown-Millsboro Rotary Club. Colors will be presented by the Sussex Central High School Army Junior ROTC. Invocation and benediction will be offered by the Rev. Meleia Rust, pastor of Grace United Methodist Church, Georgetown.
Soloist Cathy Gorman will sing the national anthem and lead attendees in singing “God Bless America.”

Memorial wreaths will be placed by local veterans’ groups and service organizations in tribute to those who died in the World Wars, Korea, Vietnam and more-recent conflicts to protect our freedoms.

Assisting will be members of Troop 95, Boy Scouts of America.

The rifle salute will be executed by members of the 198th Signal Battalion, Delaware Army National Guard, stationed at the Georgetown Armory. Taps and its echo will be performed by Sussex Central High School band director Ben Ables and his son, Zachery, a student at Sussex Central.

The program is scheduled to last about 45 minutes. Some seating is provided on The Circle.

Attendees are encouraged to bring comfortable folding chairs.
Georgetown Kiwanis Club contacts: G. Holland vanValkenburgh, chairman, 856-2734; or Shirley O Dennis, past president, 628-3131.

Memorial Day ceremony at Sharon Hills Memorial Park

DOVER — Sharon Hills/Odd Fellows Management, the Dover Air Force Base Honor Guard and the Central Delaware Marine Corps League welcome all to attend their annual Memorial Day observance service.

Services will begin at 9 a.m. Monday in the Garden of Honor at Sharon Hills Memorial Park, 2928 Sharon Hills Road, Dover, and will take place rain or shine.

For more information, call 734-3535.

Flags mark the graves of veterans in the Lakeside Cemetery on North State Street in Dover. Photo by Andrew West/Delaware State News

Dover’s World War II Heroes Tour in Lakeside Cemetery

DOVER — Learn about the lives of local World War II servicemen who gave the ultimate sacrifice on a self-guided tour at Lakeside Cemetery on North State Street in Dover.

There will be information available showcasing more than 80 local World War II servicemen from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday.

There also will be one-hour guided tours starting at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Tours will begin under the flagpole in Lakeside Cemetery.

Milford Memorial Day

MILFORD — The 21st Annual Milford Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday in the Milford Senior Center, 111 Park Ave., Milford.
The ceremony will last about one hour and 15 minutes, and will include the Milford Community Band playing patriotic music with a sing-along. Bryan Shupe, the mayor of Milford, will extend his welcoming speech to all, and the opening and closing prayers will be offered by the Rev. Royce Andrus, pastor of the Lighthouse Christian Center in Milford.

This year’s keynote speaker is Lt. Col. Vincent M. Orlando, battalion commander of the 198th Expeditionary Signal Battalion of the Delaware Army National Guard.

As in many Memorial Day events, a veteran representing each of the five military services, the Merchant Marine and a representative of the Gold Star Mothers will place a memorial flower on the remembrance wreath.
State Rep. Harvey Kenton and state Sen. Gary Simpson will give their comments on the meaning of Memorial day to them. Charles Garrod, a Korean War veteran, is the ceremony chairman.

Two Boy Scout troops and one Cub Scout pack will participate in the program: Troop 186 from Avenue United Methodist Church, Troop 116 from St. John the Apostle Catholic Church and Pack 186 from Avenue UMC.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Council 6438 will provide a staged 21-gun salute, plus, there will be a few uniquely Milford touches in this Memorial Day ceremony.


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