Sussex County Memorial Day Celebration on The Circle Sunday

GEORGETOWN – The traditional Sussex County Memorial Day Service will be held on The Circle in Georgetown, Sunday, May 27.

The ceremony will start at 1:30 p.m. It is sponsored by the Georgetown Kiwanis Club, Korean War Veterans Association and the Georgetown-Millsboro Rotary Club.

The keynote speech “The 561” will be delivered by Rear Admiral Donald L. Sturtz, USN (Ret.), a former Navy aviator and a Navy medical doctor who served in Vietnam.

Master of Ceremonies will be Gene Dvornick, Georgetown’s town manager. Colors will be presented by the Sussex Central High School Junior Army ROTC. Invocation and benediction will be offered by Reverend Travis Paton, Pastor at Bethesda United Methodist Church, Georgetown.

Brooke Elliott, a student at Georgetown Middle School, will sing the National Anthem and America the Beautiful.

Memorial wreathes will be placed by local veterans’ groups and service organizations in tribute to those who died in the World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and more recent conflicts to protect America’s freedoms.

Assisting will be members of Troop 95, Boy Scouts of America.

The rifle salute will be executed by members of the 198th Signal Battalion, Delaware National Guard, stationed at the Georgetown Armory. Taps and its echo will be performed by Sussex Central Band Director Ben Ables and his son, Zachery, a student at Sussex Central.

The program is scheduled to last about 45 minutes. Some seating is provided on The Circle. Attendees are encouraged to bring comfortable folding chairs.

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