The 21st Annual Milford Memorial Day Ceremony is being held at the Milford Senior Center on May 29, 2017 at 10 am. For the past five years, this event has been held in the Milford Senior Center so that attendee’s can be seated and are not being subjected to weather changes.
The ceremony is approximately one hour and fifteen minutes and which 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 opening and closing prayers are by Pastor Royce Andrus, Pastor of the Lighthouse Christian Center in Milford.
This year’s keynote speaker is Lt. Col. Vincent M. Orlando, Battalion Commander of the 198th Expeditionary Signal Battalion of the Delaware Army National Guard. As in many Memorial Day events, a veteran representing each of the five military services, the Merchant Marines, and a representative of the Gold Star Mothers will place a memorial flower on the remembrance wreath.
Rep. Harvey Kenton and Senator Gary Simpson will give their comments on the meaning of Memorial day to them. Charles Garrod, a Korean War Veteran, is the Ceremony Chairman. Charles also has served as the Delaware Department Commander of the Korean War Veterans Assn.
Two Boy Scout Troops and one Cub Scout Pack will participate in the program. Troop 186 from Avenue Methodist Church, Troop 116 from St. John the Apostle Church and Pack 186 from Avenue Methodist Church.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Council 6438 will provide a staged Twenty-one Gun Salute, plus there will be a few uniquely Milford touches in this Memorial Day ceremony.
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