Pa­rade set for Sun­day

Me­mo­rial cer­e­mony also planned

Newark Post - - Front Page - By KARIE SIM­MONS ksim­mons@ches­pub.com

Ne­wark’s Me­mo­rial Day pa­rade has long been an im­por­tant part of honor­ing the men and women who lost their lives serv­ing their coun­try. On Sun­day, vet­er­ans and com­mu­nity groups will once again march down Main Street to re­mem­ber th­ese fallen heros.

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 82nd year, will start at South Col­lege Av­enue and end at Chapel Street, with par­tic­i­pants trav­el­ing op­po­site the usual flow of traf­fic. Bands from Ne­wark High School and Cit­i­zens’ Hose Com­pany in Smyrna will play as hun­dreds of marchers, in­clud­ing lo­cal fire com­pa­nies, Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops, Korean War vet­er­ans, the Ne­wark Police honor guard, UD’s ROTC and mem­bers of the Delaware Mil­i­tary Academy, walk down Main Street. Gov. John Car­ney and Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long are also sched­uled to at­tend.

New to the cer­e­mo­nial agenda this year is the ded­i­ca­tion of a Chair of Honor, in­tended to honor and re­mem­ber the more than 81,000 sol­diers iden­ti­fied as Miss­ing in Ac­tion and/or Pris­on­ers of War. The chair will be per­ma­nently empty and dis­played in city hall af­ter the pa­rade.

Recre­ation su­per­in­ten­dent Paula En- nis said the idea for the Chair of Honor came from Sharon Bruen, recre­ation su­per­vi­sor the city’s Parks and Recre­ation Depart­ment. Bruen saw a sim­i­lar chair on dis­play at a lo­cal Ca­bella’s and brought the idea to the Me­mo­rial Day pa­rade com­mit­tee.

“That’s what the Me­mo­rial Day pa­rade is all about, honor­ing those peo­ple who lost their lives, so this is just an­other way we can honor them as well as the POW/MIA,” En­nis said.

Both events on Sun­day 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 Street and Lovett Av­enue. The Tra­bant park­ing garage will charge a spe­cial event rate of $5 max­i­mum for the day.

“It’s go­ing to be beau­ti­ful weather, and we’re look­ing for­ward to hav­ing this op­por­tu­nity to honor our men and women who have not only fallen be­fore us, but con­tinue to serve,” En­nis said.

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)

NE­WARK POST FILE PHOTO BY JOSH SHAN­NON

Univer­sity of Delaware ROTC cadets march in the Me­mo­rial Day pa­rade last year. This year’s pa­rade is set for Sun­day.

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