Fenwick Island’s Memorial Day service may only be five years old, but the event has been quite a celebration since its start. This Saturday, May 26, at 11 a.m., the tradition will continue in the park beside the Fenwick Island Town Hall.
“It’s a really good opportunity to honor those who truly deserve it,” said Fenwick Island Councilman Theo Brans. “I was always trying to think of what else we could have in the park,” said Brans, a Dutch native who helped coordinate the first service, back in 2002. “The weather should be nice, and the flowers at the park are blooming,” he added. “We’re really looking forward to it.”
The traditional service will include the Presentations of Colors, the Pledge of Allegiance, a welcoming of guests from Fenwick Island mayor Audrey Serio, remarks from U.S. Army-retired Lt. General Ronald Blanck, and the singing of the national anthem and other songs led by the Beams, a local family. There will even be a new touch this year, as bagpipes open and close the ceremony.
“The bagpipes are a great addition to the service,” added Brans. “They’re very moving and it ought to be a nice way to bring everything together.” The ceremony is expected to last about 45 minutes, with a turnout of roughly 50 to 60 people.
“Everyone seems to enjoy it,” said Brans. “There are a good number of veterans who show up. It’s really nice to see them out there.”
Bethany Beach will be presenting its own traditional service at the bandstand on Monday, May 28 at 11 a.m. With several hundred expected to be in attendance, service coordinator and American Legion Post 24 member Dennis Daniels said he is looking forward to the event. “It’s great to see all of the community support,” he said. “People get the chance to really know what our country’s about.”
Guest speakers, including National Commander Tom Burns and Indian River senior Jordan Marvel, will share their words, The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) singers will also be at the bandstand. The Presentation of the Colors will be put on by the Junior ROTC, and a 21-gun salute by the National Guard.
Also, the Veterans of Foreign War Mason-Dixon Post 7234 will hold its Memorial Day service on Wednesday, May 30, at 11 a.m. at their VFW club, located off Cedar Neck Road in Ocean View. The ceremony will be led by VFW Commander Joe Demanski with refreshments for those in attendance.