GEORGETOWN — Sussex County’s traditional Memorial Day Service will be staged on The Circle on Sunday.
Sponsored by the Georgetown Kiwanis Club and the Korean War Veterans Association, it will begin at 1:30 p.m.
The keynote speech, “Living Lives That Honor the Fallen,” will be delivered by Sgt. 1st Class Justin Downen of the U.S. Army National Guard. Sgt. Downen is a combat veteran of the 3rd Special Forces Group and the founder of the Green Beret Project, which mentors and empowers disadvantaged children and teens.
State Rep. Ruth Briggs King of Georgetown will serve as master of ceremonies, while the invocation and benediction will be offered by Peter Cornell, deacon of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
Additionally, Cathy Gorman will lead the audience in singing the national anthem and “America the Beautiful.”
In tribute to those who died in World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, as well as more recent conflicts, memorial wreathes will be placed by local veterans’ groups and service organizations. Boy Scouts of America Troop 95 will assist.
To round out the ceremony, a rifle salute will be performed by members of the Delaware National Guard’s 198th Signal Battalion, stationed at the Georgetown Armory. And taps and its echo will be performed by Sussex Central High School band director Ben Ables and senior Kylie Youse.
The program will be about 50 minutes, with seating provided. Attendees can also choose to bring chairs.