War dead honored at Veterans Memorial Park

DOVER — Several hundred well-wishers at the Kent County Veterans Memorial Park Memorial Day Service on Monday were treated to the emotional tale of how the remains of U.S. Air Force Maj. Dean Klenda, a fighter pilot shot down during the Vietnam War, were returned to his hometown of Pilsen, Kansas. Keynote speaker Allen Cronin, […]

Fallen heroes remembered at Dover’s Veterans Triangle

DOVER — In Col. Dawn Lancaster’s line of work she has become accustomed to treating nearly every day as if it’s Memorial Day. That’s because Col. Lancaster is the Mortuary Affairs Operation Commander at Dover Air Force Base. She is no stranger to seeing the results of sacrifice and tragedy first-hand. Col. Lancaster served as […]

COMMENTARY: Presidential quotes on war, Memorial Day and sacrifice

“My first wish is to see this plague of mankind banished from the earth, and the sons and daughters of this world employed in more pleasing and innocent amusements, than in preparing implements, and exercising them, for the destruction of mankind.”—George Washington “War is as much a punishment to the punisher as to the sufferer.”—Thomas […]

Rotary club unfurls ‘Flags for Heroes’ in Dover

  DOVER — For the fifth Memorial Day in a row, the high-traffic intersection of Scarborough Road and DuPont Highway in Dover will serve as a temporary memorial to fallen veterans. More than 400 American flags were planted on Delaware Technical Community College Terry Campus’s front lawn on Tuesday morning and will wave there until […]

COMMENTARY: Of death and victory: A salute to the fallen

  The beginning of the 1970 movie Patton includes a speech to troops by the lead character, in which it is said that one does not win a war by dying for one’s country. But in truth, General George S. Patton, Jr. was well aware of the sacrifices made by those under his command in […]

Flags for Heroes dedicated at Delaware Tech

DOVER — Dover Capital City Rotary Club dedicated 400 flags at its fourth annual Flags for Heroes program on Tuesday. The Flags for Heroes program is a cooperative effort with Delaware Technical Community College, Terry Campus, Dover, where 400, 3-by-5-foot American flags are displayed on the intersection of Scarborough Road and U.S. 13 between May 23 […]

Memorial Day no picnic for Dover-area veterans and families

  DOVER — Memorial Day is perhaps the perfect reminder that serving in a branch of the United States’ military is no picnic. That’s why hundreds of veterans and their loved ones gathered at Memorial Day ceremonies around Dover on Monday to honor and reflect on those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in battle […]

Delaware National Guard names headquarters after Beau Biden

NEW CASTLE — Exactly one year to the day of Beau Biden’s death, the Biden family and dozens of friends gathered at Delaware National Guard headquarters to honor a man they hailed as a dedicated public servant, father, son, husband, brother and friend. With Vice President Joe Biden and Beau Biden’s widow, Hallie, in attendance, […]

Smyrna ceremony honors military’s sacrifices to defend freedom

CLAYTON –– Despite early morning rain showers, the town of Smyrna was able to carry on with its 70-year tradition of honoring veterans with a Memorial Day ceremony thanks to the cover of Clayton Fire Hall. “There’s one thing this day means to me and it’s the celebration and camaraderie with my heroes,” said Wesley […]

COMMENTARY: Finally, a proper burial for two World War II soldiers

Stories of heroism and sacrifice never get old. As we commemorate Memorial Day, it is appropriate to detail how the combination of military culture, family perseverance, and pure luck combined to bring a pair of New Orleans friends home for a proper burial following their deaths in World War II and decades of uncertainty about […]