Honoring the fallen
Parade, ceremony remember those who made ultimate sacrifice
Newark honored America’s fallen service members Sunday during a two-phase Memorial Day event.
The day began 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 included drills, the presentation of flags, patriotic music and ceremonial cannon fire.
“We gather on this special occasion to remember the brave men and women who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Their sacrifice has taught us that freedom is not free,” Air Force Capt. Ann Dally, who emceed the ceremony, said.
Gov. John Carney, retired Air Force Lt. Col. Sheldon Slater and members of the POW/MIA advocacy group Rolling Thunder unveiled Newark’s “Chair of Honor.” The chair, which pays tribute to prisoners of war and those missing in action, will be displayed permanently at city hall.
Following the ceremony, Newark’s 82nd-annual Memorial Day parade stepped off on Main Street, with marching units representing all branches of the military, veterans’ organizations, schools and community organizations. Hundreds of spectators, many waving flags, lined the street to watch the parade.
Gov. John Carney and retired Air Force Lt. Col. Sheldon Slater unveil a Chair of Honor in memory of prisoners of war and those missing in action. The chair will be displayed permanently at city hall.
Members of VFW Post 475 fire an honor volley.
Kai Okabe, 3, and his mom, Theresa, watch the Memorial Day parade.
Korean War veterans ride in the Memorial Day parade on Sunday.
Anthony Zozzoli, 7, covers his ears as fire engines go past.
A military vehicle rides in the Memorial Day parade.
Two young attendees listen to the playing of the national anthem during a Memorial Day ceremony at Memorial Hall.