Here is your listing of Memorial Day services planned for this weekend.
As they have for more than a century, the citizens of Delaware will pause this weekend to honor the men and women of the United States military who have died in service to their country.
This year will see most observances take place on Monday, May 29, although one ceremony in Georgetown is scheduled for Sunday, May 28.
Memorial Day observances began after the end of the Civil War when Union General John A. Logan, having seen how former Confederate states honored their dead, proposed a similar nationwide event for May 30, 1868. Decoration Day, as it was known after 1882, became a time for gathering families together and decorating the graves of war dead.
Decoration Day officially became known as Memorial Day in 1967 and its observance was changed to the last Monday in May in 1971.
American flags flown on Memorial Day are traditionally displayed at half-staff until noon when they are hoisted to full staff.
Government offices are normally closed on Memorial Day, as are some businesses, including the offices of all Gatehouse Media papers in Delaware.
Here is a listing of planned Memorial Day observances in the area. All are scheduled for Monday, May 29, unless otherwise noted.
11 a.m., Bethany Beach Bandstand
9:30 a.m. Veterans Memorial at the Bridgeville Cemetery
10 a.m. Saturday, May 27: Post members will be placing flags on the graves of veterans buried in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Camden.
Noon, Saturday, May 27: Memorial Day flag ceremony, Bowers Beach
10 a.m., Monday, May 29 – Camden Town Hall wreath laying
11:30 a.m. Monday, May 29 – Camden VFW Post, 166 Old Camden Road, food, and refreshments will be available
11 a.m. – American Legion Post No. 24, 28181 Nine Foot Road
11 a.m. – The Triangle, Loockerman Street and Kings Highway, Dover
2 p.m. – Kent County Veterans Memorial Park, behind the Kent County Administrative Complex, 555 S. Dupont Highway, Dover
Featured speaker is Lt. Gen. Carol A. Timmons, adjutant general of the Delaware National Guard
10 a.m. until 7 p.m. -- Self-guided tours of Lakeside Cemetery, Dover, highlighting the lives of Dover military personnel who served during World War II. The tour includes displays with photos and biographical information on more than 80 service members, some of whom died in combat.
Guided tours also are available at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
All tours are free.
1:00 p.m. Sunday, May 28, The Circle, Georgetown
11 a.m. – Hollywood Cemetery, Milford-Harrington Highway; a covered dish luncheon will be held afterward at the Legion Post at 17448 Dupont Highway, Harrington.
11 a.m. -- American Legion Post No. 19, 12168 Laurel Road
11 a.m. – Memorial Day Parade: beginning at Lewes Presbyterian Church at 133 Kings Highway and ending at Post 17.
1 p.m. -- American Legion Post No. 17, 113 American Legion Road
10 a.m., Milford Senior Center, 111 Park Avenue; music by the Milford Community Band and keynote speaker Lt. Col. Vincent Orlando, 198th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, Delaware Army National Guard.
11 a.m., American Legion Post No. 28, 31768 Legion Road.
9 a.m. – Milton Memorial Park
11 a.m. -- VFW Mason Dixon Post No. 7234, 29265 Marshy Hope Way
11 a.m., Rehoboth Beach Bandstand; in case of inclement weather, ceremony will be held at VFW Post No. 7447 at 101 State Road
10 a.m. – Memorial Day Parade at 10 a.m. on Pennsylvania Avenue
11 a.m. -- Memorial Day Ceremony at Kiwanis Park.
10 a.m. -- Smyrna-Clayton Memorial Day Parade; begins at Market Street Plaza and Commerce Street, and ends at George C. Wright Jr. Municipal Park (Smyrna Municipal Park).
After the parade, a memorial service will be held at the Smyrna-Clayton Veterans Monument at Wright Park on North Main Street. This year’s keynote speaker will be U.S. Army veteran Bill Willis.