Veterans, state legislators and local high school students will be among the featured guests during the 13th annual National Medal of Honor Ceremony at VFW Post #3792 near Townsend on Monday.
The 11 a.m. event, co-hosted by the Delaware Medal of Honor Historical Association, will honor all 15 Delawareans who received the medal from the Civil War to World War II.
Speakers will include Major Gen. Francis D. Vavala, adjutant general of the Delaware National Guard; retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Frank Ianni, a former adjutant general of the DNG; Brig. Gen. Terry Wiley, retired assistant adjutant general of the DNG; state Sen. Bethany Hall-Long (D-Middletown); Roger A. Martin, a former state senator, Middletown High School teacher and author of “Delaware’s Medal of Honor Winners;” and Paul L. Cathell Jr., president of the Delaware Medal of Honor Historical Association.
The event also will feature the Middletown High School AFJROTC Color Guard, a bugler from the MHS marching band and 12-year-old Katie Loftus of Smyrna, who will sing the national anthem and “God Bless America.”
VFW Post #3792 at 5695 Summit Bridge Road is named the Sgt. William Lloyd Nelson Memorial Post in honor of Delaware’s last Medal of Honor recipient, who was killed in action April 24, 1943, while leading a mortar attack that halted an enemy counter-attack in Tunisia.
Monday’s ceremony is free and open to the public. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available afterward.