Memorial Day tradition continues at Dover’s Triangle

DOVER — People gathered Monday on the sidewalks around the triangle in downtown Dover, where Kings Highway, South State and Loockerman streets meet.

Many sat on folding chairs, fanning themselves in the heat. There were World War II veterans as well as small children with their families.

They all fell silent, though, when the names were read — the roll of fallen Dover area residents.

Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., was the guest speaker at the Memorial Day event in downtown Dover.

During his remarks, he lead the group in reciting the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution.

Those words, he added, were read just down the street, at the Golden Fleece Tavern in December 1787.

“They said ‘We like this’…and Delaware became the first state to ratify the Constitution,” he said.

“…I think it turned out pretty well, what do you think?

“These words of the Constitution are words, written on a sheet of paper,” Sen. Carper said in closing.

“You know what it’s taken over the years, is men and women willing to risk their lives — so that we can have a day like this where we can go to the beach, we can have a barbecue, we can go to the swimming pool … I just want to say to all of you, thanks for taking a few minutes in the morning.”

The brief ceremony, which started at 11 a.m., has been celebrated at the triangle for more than 50 years.

After James Cole, the commander of the American Legion Walter L. Fox Post 2, and Dave Curnock, the commander of the Delaware Veterans Post 2, read the names, wreaths from various groups were set around the triangle.

The honor guard at Dover Air Force Base performed a 21-gun salute and “Taps” was played — all rose solemnly once more as the flag was hoisted from half-mast.

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