Hon­or­ing the fallen

Pa­rade, cer­e­mony re­mem­ber those who made ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice

Newark Post - - FRONT PAGE - By JOSH SHANNON jshan­non@ches­pub.com

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.

NE­WARK POST PHO­TOS BY JOSH SHANNON

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.

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