Parade set for Sunday
Annual Memorial Day event in its 81st year
On Sunday, Newarkers will once again pause to remember the countless Americans who died serving their country.
The city’s annual, two-part Memorial Day commemoration begins at 1 p.m. with a somber ceremony in front of the University of Delaware’s Memorial Hall, which was built in honor of Delawareans who died in World War I. The ceremony will include drills, the presentation of flags and patriotic music.
Following that, the Memorial Day parade will begin at 2 p.m. with marching units representing all branches of the military, veterans’ organizations, schools and community organizations parading down Main Street.
The parade, now in its 81st year, will start at South College Avenue and end at Chapel Street, with participants traveling opposite the usual flow of traffic.
Both events are free and open to the public. Parking in city lots is free until 4 p.m., and parking is also available at UD’s Pearson Hall at the corner of Academy and Haines streets.
The following roads will have detours and closures in effect beginning at noon and continuing until 3:30 p.m.:
• South College Avenue (Park Place to Main Street)
• Delaware Avenue (South Main Street to Academy Street)
The following roads will have detours and closures in effect beginning at 1:30 p.m. and continuing until approximately 3 p.m.:
• Main Street (South College Avenue to Chapel Street)
• Academy Street (Delaware Avenue to Main Street)
• Chapel Street (Delaware Avenue to Main Street)
An ROTC cadet lays a wreath at the steps of Memorial Hall during last year’s Memorial Day ceremony.