Memorial Day ceremonies scheduled Downstate

Civil War organizations to gather at Barratt’s Chapel

FREDERICA — The Col. David L Stricker Camp No. 64, Sons of Union Veterans, along with the 2nd Delaware Regiment Volunteers will honor Civil War veterans at Barratt’s Chapel near Frederica at 11 a.m. Sunday.

The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. and is open to the public. Capt. Thomas Reynolds of the 4th Delaware, who died June 20, 1864, after being wounded two days earlier, will be honored.

The Circle is the site for traditional Sussex service

GEORGETOWN — The traditional Sussex County Memorial Day Service will be held on the Circle in Georgetown at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Co-sponsors are the Georgetown Kiwanis Club and the Korean War Veterans Association.

The Keynote speech will be delivered by Army veteran John G. Mitchell, who is the state commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Master of ceremonies will be Sen.  Bryan Pettyjohn, R-Georgetown.  Colors will be presented by the Sussex Central High School Junior Army ROTC. Invocation and benediction will be offered by the Rev. Christopher Cordrey of Bethesda United Methodist Church in Georgetown.

Soloist Cathy Gorman will sing the national anthem and lead 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. Boy Scouts of America Troop 95 will assist.

The rifle salute will be executed by members of the 198th Signal Battalion, Delaware National Guard, stationed at the Georgetown armory. Taps and its echo will be performed by students from Sussex Technical Vocational High School.

The program is scheduled to last about 45 minutes.  Some seating is provided on The Circle. People attending are encouraged to bring comfortable folding chairs.

Camden VFW post plans Monday ceremony

CAMDEN — Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3238, located at 166 Old Camden Road, Camden, will have a Memorial Day service beginning at 11:30 a.m. Monday at its Post Home. For more information, call 697-1920.

Dover sticks to tradition for Monday event

DOVER — Dover’s traditional Memorial Day ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. Monday on the downtown Triangle where Kings Highway, Loockerman Street Plaza and South State Street converge. American Legion Walter L. Fox Post 2 and Del Vets Post 2, both in Dover, are handling the arrangements.

Vietnam vets ceremony to feature mortuary commander

DOVER — Col. Daniel F. Merry will serve as keynote speaker at the 2 p.m. Monday. The Memorial Day ceremony of Kent County Chapter 850, Vietnam Veterans of America, will be held at the Kent County Veterans Park on South Little Creek Road in Dover.

Col. Merry is commander of Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations at Dover Air Force Base, which has global responsibility for Air Force mortuary matters, operates the nation’s sole port mortuary and provides global contingency mortuary response teams.

Felton to commemorate day in Odd Fellows park

FELTON — The town of Felton’s annual Memorial Day observance will begin at 10 a.m. Monday in Odd Fellows Memorial Park, at Main Street and West Railroad Avenue.

The Adams-Simpler-Ware Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6009 will host the event.

Eleven civic and patriotic organizations are scheduled to participate in this annual event honoring those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of the United States.

All are welcome. Following the ceremony, the Felton Community Fire Company will have hot dogs combos and ice cream available.

Milford to hold program at senior center

MILFORD — The Milford Memorial Day program will be held at Milford Senior Center at 10 a.m. Monday. The center is at 111 Park Ave.

The program has been planned by the Post 3 American Legion and Post 6483 Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The Milford Community Band will perform a concert before the progam and provide music for the program.

Mike Mignogno will talk about his World War II experiences and Yvette Dennehy will sing “America the Beautiful” and “God Bless America.”

Each branch of service will be honored with their military theme while its veterans stand to be honored.

There will be a wreath presentation to honor those who have died. The program will conclude with a 21-gun salute, taps and the raising of the flag from half mast.

Smyrna parade will step off at 10 a.m.

SMYRNA — The 2015 Smyrna-Clayton Memorial Day Parade and celebration will begin with parade lineup at 9:30 a.m. Monday on Market Street Plaza in front of Smyrna Town Hall. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. and will proceed east on Commerce Street, north on Main Street, then straight across Glenwood Avenue to Smyrna Municipal Park (also known as George Wright Municipal Park).

In addition to veterans groups, the parade will include marching bands and various community organizations. The parade route will be closed to vehicular traffic, excluding emergency-response vehicles, while pedestrian traffic should be minimally affected.

After the parade, a ceremony will take place at the Veterans Monument inside the municipal park, featuring a presentation of flags and guest speaker Navy Reserve Lt. Jamer Doughty.

In case of inclement weather, the parade will be canceled and the ceremony held at the Clayton Fire Hall.

Smyrna town-government offices will be closed Memorial Day and will reopen Tuesday at 8 a.m.

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 by Danny Waite starting at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tours will begin under the flagpole in Lakeside Cemetery.

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