A state veterans support group has announced plans for its third outdoor music festival, Vet Fest, to honor Delaware's veterans and active duty military personnel while raising awareness about the epidemic of soldier suicides.

A state veterans support group has announced plans for its third outdoor music festival, Vet Fest, to honor Delaware’s veterans and active duty military personnel while raising awareness about the epidemic of soldier suicides.

This event, organized by Delaware’s 22in22 initiative, will be held Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Town of Whitehall’s Mapleton Square, 801 Mapleton Ave., off of Lorewood Grove Road north of Middletown.

The day will include a motorcycle rally beginning at Minquadale Fire Station 22 (in keeping with the 22in22 theme), departing at 9:45 a.m. and arriving at Whitehall at about 10:15 a.m.

At 10 a.m., community members will begin a first-ever 5K ruck at Whitehall, along the Joy Run trail and C & D Canal. At 11 a.m., a 5K run will join the ruckers on the route. Over 100 are expected to join the run. There is also a 1-mile family walk.

At noon, the Parade of Veterans, led by Delaware military schools, will feature World War II veterans from the area. Veterans of all eras are encouraged to walk the route, and civilians are encouraged to bring their families to show support. Vehicles are being provided by volunteers for veterans requiring assistance.

At 12:30 p.m., the three-hour music festival begins featuring the Patriot Brass Ensemble, the Delaware Military Academy Marching Band, Salsa sensation Jibaro con Tumbao, and Philly pop favorite The FM Band.

The creator of the 22in22 initiative, Jacob DiSabatino, said, “We are very excited to layer the Vet Fest onto our 22in22 initiative.”

He said the event began when local bands volunteered their time to help raise awareness and funds for veterans.

Suggested donations of $5 to $25 are requested for admission.

Food and beverage vendors will be on hand.

This is a rain or shine event.