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Mrs. Joan Muffler places flowers on the Milford War Memorial during the ceremony

Milford Holds Memorial Day Services to Honor Fallen Heroes

On Monday, May 30 the Milford Veterans Affairs Committee held its annual Memorial Day Ceremony in Bicentennial Park.  A large crowd turned out to observe and honor the fallen heroes who sacrificed their lives to ensure our freedoms. The Memorial Day services honored all soldiers from all branches of the United States Military that bravely served and died in the name of our country.  

 After the presentation of the colors by the Dover Air Force Base Honor Guard, Major General Henry McCann of the Delaware Army National Guard gave the memorial address. Major General  McCann reminded the crowd of the momentous debt of gratitude that we as Americans owe  those soldiers who have given their lives.

“Since the principled generations of our forefathers the spirit of sacrifice has endured,” stated Major General McCann.

McCann accounted that twenty Delawareans have already paid the ultimate sacrifice in the name of the War on Terrorism.  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.

After Major General McCann’s remarks, the Placing of Flowers Tribute began as residents of Milford payed respect to loved ones at the Milford War Memorial in Bicentennial Park.   The parade that followed immediately after the ceremony proceeded up Front Street and continued to the Milford Community Cemetery. 

The Parade Marshals 1st Lieutenant Ellan Orkin and 2nd Lieutenant Dorthy Sinner led the parade to the cemetery where graveside services were held. 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.

The Memorial Day ceremonies reminded everyone of the sacrifices made by the men and women in the United States military uniform every day and the freedoms that are too often taken for granted.  The ceremony was sponsored and supported by Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Korean War Veterans Association, Vietnam Veterans of America, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Military Order of the Cooties, Marine Corps League and Independent Order of Odd Fellows.