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