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Sunday Memorial Service

May 24, 2024

Sussex County Memorial Day Celebration on Georgetown Circle Sunday

The Georgetown Kiwanis Club and the Korean War Veterans Association are proud to once again sponsor the traditional Sussex County Memorial Day Service, which will be held on The Circle in Georgetown, Sunday, May 26th at 1:30 PM.

An Honor Guard from the Cape Henlopen High School JROTC will present and post the colors followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by Retired Master Sergeant Walter R. Koopman.

The Keynote speech “Hometown Heroes” will be delivered by Retired Army National Guard Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth C. Jones, a Georgetown native. Col. Jones is from a military family, the son of former Sussex County Sherriff and US Army retiree “Cap” Jones. 

The Master of Ceremonies will be State Senator and Minority Whip Brian Pettyjohn.

US Army veteran, Pastor Robert Longo of the Georgetown Drive-In Worship, will offer the invocation and benediction.

Cathy Gorman of Georgetown will return to sing the National Anthem and America the Beautiful. The audience is encouraged to sing along. 

Memorial wreaths will be placed by local veterans’ groups and service organizations in tribute to those who died in the World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, and the more recent conflicts to protect our freedoms. Assisting will be members of Troop 95, Boy Scouts of America. 

The rifle salute will be executed by members of the 198th Signal Battalion, Delaware National Guard, stationed at the Georgetown Armory. 

The program is scheduled to last about 50 minutes. Seating is provided on The Circle. Attendees may also choose to bring comfortable folding chairs.