Memorial Day event planned on The Circle this Sunday, May 24


The traditional Sussex County Memorial Day Service will be held on the Circle in Georgetown on Sunday, May 24, at 1:30 p.m. The co-sponsors are the Georgetown Kiwanis Club and the Korean War Veterans Association.

The keynote speech will be delivered by U.S. Army veteran John G. Mitchell, state commander, Veterans of Foreign Wars. The Master of Ceremonies will be state Sen. Bryan Pettyjohn. Colors will be presented by the Sussex Central High School Army Junior ROTC.

The 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 attendees in singing “God Bless America.”

Memorial wreathes will be placed by local veterans’ groups and service organizations in tribute to those who died in World War I and World War II, Korea, Vietnam and more recent conflicts. Assisting will be members of Troop 95 of the Boy Scouts of America.

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

The program is scheduled to last about 45 minutes. Some seating will be provided on The Circle, but attendees are being encouraged to bring comfortable folding chairs.