Veterans Day ceremonies set in Western Sussex

SEAFORD — Veterans’ groups in western Sussex will host Veterans Day ceremonies this weekend.

The Seaford Veterans Day ceremony will be held Sunday, Nov. 11.

The event, sponsored by the Seaford Veterans Committee, will begin at 11 a.m. at Kiwanis Memorial Park adjacent to the intersection of Stein Highway and Atlanta Road.

The scheduled guest speaker is Lieutenant Ret. Col. David Smith, United States Marine Corps. Ret. Lt. Col. Smith is currently the Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) advisor at Woodbridge High School.

A salute and recognition will be paid to all military personnel past and present as well as any Gold Star Mothers in attendance.

In event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at the Seaford High School auditorium, 399 N. Market Street, Seaford.

On behalf of the Seaford Veterans Committee, consisting of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4961, American Legion Posts 6 and 37, AMVETS Post 1694, Marine Corps League Detachment 780 and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 9, co-chairmen Joe Tune and Pete Bohn extend an invitation to the public to attend this event as the community honors the service and sacrifices of all veterans who have or are serving this Country.

Following the ceremony at 1 p.m., American Legion Post 6 (Log Cabin) on Front Street, Seaford, and VFW Post 4961 on Middleford Road, Seaford, will hold open houses with lunch served. These are free and open to the public.

The American Legion Post 19 will host the 6th Annual Eastern Shore Veterans Day Parade at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, in downtown Laurel.

The theme for this year’s parade is “Service. Sacrifice. Salute.”

The grand marshal for this year’s parade is Vietnam Veteran Dr. Mayer Katz, a vascular surgeon at Beebe Medical Center. From July 1967 to August 1968, Dr. Katz worked in a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH). During his time in Vietnam, he performed over 400 operations and logged each patient name, operation and outcome. He still has the logs today.

In April 1968, Katz was awarded the Soldiers Medal for removing an M79 grenade from a soldier in the 101st Airborne Division.

The United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, the official ceremonial unit and escort to the President of the United States, will lead this year’s parade.

This year there is a new parade route due to bridge construction on Central Avenue. The route will turn right onto Fourth Street (in front of the Laurel Public Library), then turn left onto Delaware Avenue and continue to Maryland Avenue. The judges stand will be in the parking lot next to the St. Phillips Church. This is on the left about three blocks after the start of the parade.

This year the parade will be followed by a festival at Janosik Park, Front and Market streets, featuring vendors, entertainment and displays that will continue until 4 p.m.

Parade entries already registered include: Baltimore City Police Mounted Unit, Boy Scout Troop 90, Sussex Technical High School Army JROTC, Somerset County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard, The Cadets from Salisbury University, a part of the University of Delaware Army ROTC, FORGE Youth and Family, and Hogs & Heroes Delaware 1 Chapter.


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