On Monday, May 30 the American Legion Post 3, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6483 and the Milford Community Band will be honoring the soldiers that have served the United States Military and given the ultimate sacrifice, with a Memorial Day Service held at the Milford Senior Center at 10 am.
The ceremony traditionally lasts approximately one hour and fifteen minutes and includes The Milford Community Band playing patriotic music with a sing-along. Bryan Shupe, the Mayor of Milford, extends his welcoming speech to all, and the invocation is being prayed by Dr. David Perdue, Pastor of the First Baptist Church, in Milford. This year’s keynote speaker is Coast Guard LT. Eric Hanson, the Marine Safety Detachment Supervisor, at the Lewes station. The theme for this year’s event is “The Korean War”. As in many Memorial Day events, a veteran representing each of the five military services and the Merchant Marines will place a memorial flower on the remembrance wreath.
Malcolm “Mac” Foster, who has been connected with Milford’s Veterans and Memorial Day events over the past twenty years, is stepping down and Rep. Harvey Kenton and Senator Gary Simpson will be presenting him with House & Senate Resolutions of Appreciation. Foster served in the United States military during WWII, as Quartermaster of a German Prison Camp in Tennessee. The camp housed German soldiers that surrendered to the allied forces and were brought back from Europe on military ships. According to Foster, the Germans were treated the same as American soldiers. They were given the same meals, had the ability to work for money that they could use at stores and were provided with their own German doctors and dentists.
Charles Garrod, a Korean War Veteran, will be assuming the role of Ceremony Chairman. Charles also has served as the Delaware Department Commander of the Korean War Veterans Assn. “[I am] honored to be asked to take the leadership of this cherished tradition of guiding the Memorial Day Ceremony in the great City of Milford,” said Garrod. “I hope that I can measure up to my predecessor.”
The ceremony will honor the men and women that sacrificed their lives, in the name of freedom. Branches of the United States military will be honored with a wreath presentation and armed forces tribute by family members of the deceased. Members of the American home front, Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine and Air Force will be asked to stand to be honored for their service.
The Memorial Day dedication will be held on Monday, May 30 at 10 am at the Milford Senior Center, located at 111 Park Avenue in downtown Milford. The American Legion Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6483 and the Milford Community Band will start an early playing of upbeat music before the official start of the program. The Bayside4 accapala singing group, a certified sweet adelines group will lead the attendees in the national anthem, the battle hymn of the Republic, this is my County and God Bless America. As a ceremonial 21 Gun Salute and Taps close out the ceremony, Garrod hopes that all of those present will think about a fallen Military Hero that they know in their life.