Memorial Day Service, May 27


By Charles Garrod

The 23rd Annual Milford Memorial Day Ceremony is being held at the Milford Senior Center on May 27, 2019 at 10:00 am. For the past six years, this event has been held in the Milford Senior Center so that attendees can be seated more comfortably.

This is Delaware’s largest indoor Memorial Day Ceremony south of the Bridge with over 300 people regularly attending this ceremony.

The ceremony is approximately one hour and fifteen minutes long and includes the Milford Community Band playing patriotic music in their special way. Mayor Campbell of Milford will be extending his welcoming speech to all.

This year’s keynote speaker is Major General (Ret) Hugh T. Broomhall. General Broomall enlisted in the Delaware Air National Guard and was the first person whose career took him from an E1 Basic enlistee trainee to the Commander of the Delaware Air National Guard. His career includes assignment as an Air Force intelligence officer, He served as military fellow in the United States Senate. Gerneral Bromall was appointed by the Chief National Guard Bureau, Washington, D.C. as Delaware’s U.S. property & fiscal Officer. He was promoted to Major General and appointed as the National Guard Advisor to the Secretary of the United States Air Force

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.

Delaware Representatives Bryan Shupe, Charles Postles, and Senator Dave Wilson will share their comments on what Memorial Day means to them. Charles Garrod, a Korean War Veteran, is serving for the fourth year as 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. They are Troop 186 from Avenue Methodist Church, Troop 116 from St. John the Apostle Church and Pack 186 from Avenue Methodist Church. Scouts will lead the assembly in the Pledge Of Allegiance, assist in the POW/MIA table ceremony as well as assisting with the flowers in the wreath of remembrance ceremony.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Council 6438 will provide a Twenty-one Gun Salute, plus there will be a few uniquely Milford touches in this Memorial Day ceremony.

We cordially invite everybody who wishes to participate in this most serious remembrance ceremony and especially to all Veterans in this area which can rekindle their years of Military Service and what their service and the memories of the men and women who gave their all means to all Veteran’s in America’s never ending fight for peace and justice for all people.