On Monday, May 30 the Milford Veterans Affairs Committee Memorial Day Ceremony will begin at 9:30 am at the Bicentennial Park located on Front Street in Milford. The parade will begin after the conclusion of the ceremony and proceed up Front Street and continue to the Milford Community Cemetery. Graveside services will be held in remembrance of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
Memorial Day is a federal holiday that is celebrated the last Monday in May to honor the soldiers who have died while serving in military service. Originating in the late 19th Century to honor soldiers who gave their lives during the Civil War, both in the Union and the Confederacy, Memorial Day was officially declared by President Lyndon Johnson in May of 1966. Since then Americans across the nation have honored the sacrifices of the American soldier by remembering those who have served and died to protect our freedoms.
The parade marshals will be 1st Lieutenant Ellan Orkin and 2nd Lieutenant Dorthy Sinner and the guest speaker for the Memorial Day remembrance ceremony will be Major General Henry McCann USAR Ret.
Parade Marshals 1st Lieutenant Ellan J. Levitsky and 2nd Lieutenant Dorothy F. Levitsky both served as Nurses with the 164th General Hospital in World War II. Stationed in Normany, France both sisters most notably served in the Battle of the Buldge which was fought in the winter of 1944 and marked the last major offensive effort by the Nazis during the war. Working in a large medical surgery hospital Ellan applied anesthesia to soldiers and Dorthey worked as a staff nurse in the hospital wards.
“We were sent there to do a job and we did it,” stated Ellan. “It was rough, no question about it but we had a job to do.”
Both sisters have received the American Theater Ribbon, the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon, and were entitled to the WW2 Victory Medal.
General McCann has had a series of key command and staff assignments. He commanded the
198th Aviation Company from 1986-1989, Aviation Staff Officer with the 261st Signal Command, Director of Personnel for the Delaware Army National Guard, Deputy Brigde Commander of the 261st Signal Brigade, and Commander of the 72nd Troop Command. General McCann’s awards and decorations include the Distinguish Service Medal, Delaware Medal for Military Merit, Delaware National Defense Ribbon, Commander of the Year Award, Signal Regiment Bronze Order of the Mercury and Artillery’s Honorable Order of Saint Barbara.
Veterans 1st Lieutenant Ellan Orkin, 2nd Lieutenant Dorthy Sinner and Major General Henry McCann, will lead the Memorial Day Parade and ceremony on Monday, May 30 in remembrance of all our fallen heroes who have served this country. Their stories and actions will serve as a reminder of all the liberties our men and women in uniform have sacrificed so that we may live in freedom.
The ceremonies will begin at 9:30 in Bicentennial Park in downtown Milford. For more information please contact George Little at 302-752-6971.