Sussex County Memorial Day celebration May 26 on Georgetown Circle

Placing of the wreaths is among the events planned for the Sussex County Memorial Day Celebration on The Circle Sunday, May 26. Delaware State News/Glenn Rolfe

GEORGETOWN — The Circle in the heart of Georgetown once again is the venue for the annual Sussex County Memorial Day Service, set for Sunday, May 26.

The event, which will begin at 1:30 p.m., is sponsored by the Georgetown Kiwanis Club, Korean War Veterans Association and the Georgetown-Millsboro Rotary Club.

The keynote speech “Faithful to Their Memory” will be delivered by Lieutenant Colonel David Smith, USMC (Ret.), an experienced commander of Tactical Air Support Groups and a survivor of the 2011 attack on the Pentagon.

Since retiring in 2004, Lt. Col. Smith served as an Instructor at high school Naval and Marine Corps Junior ROTC programs. He is currently Senior Marine Instructor for the Marine Corps ROTC program at Woodbridge High School.

Georgetown’s State Senator, Brian G. Pettyjohn, will serve as master of ceremonies.

The colors will be presented by the Sussex Central High School Junior Army ROTC.

Invocation and benediction will be offered by the Rev. Rebecca L. Collison of the Wesley and Bethesda United Methodist Churches in Georgetown.

Cathy Gorman of Georgetown will return to sing the National Anthem and “America the Beautiful.” Those present are invited to sing along.

Memorial wreathes will be placed by local veterans’ groups and service organizations in tribute to those who died in both World War I and WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and more recent conflicts to protect America’s 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 National Guard, stationed at the Georgetown Armory. Taps and its echo will be performed by Sussex Central Band Director Ben Ables and his son, Zachery, a student at Sussex Central.

The program is scheduled to last about 45 minutes. Seating is provided on The Circle. Attendees are also encouraged to bring comfortable folding chairs.

Dover ceremony set

Thomas ‘TJ’ Healy II, chairman of Delaware’s Motion & Television Development Commission, will keynote the Memorial Day ceremony of Kent County Chapter 850, Vietnam Veterans of America, on May 27, at 2 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, Dover.

Mr. Healy is CEO of the Veterans Story Project and director of Film Delaware. Mr. Healy has worked in the film industry for over 50 years. He’s worked on “Dead Poets,” “Back to the Future,” I II & III, “Home Alone,” “Dying Young,” and “The Perfect Storm.”

The Veterans Story Project is producing digital oral histories of Korea, Vietnam and women veterans that are part of the Library of Congress Veterans History Project. Visit for more information. As always, the event is open to the public with families and children encouraged to attend.

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