The Delaware Department of State, the General Assembly and the Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs have scheduled a dedication ceremony to unveil a monument honoring Delaware's World War II veterans on Saturday, Nov. 9 at noon on the south side of the Legislative Hall grounds in Dover.
There will be some road closures for the event. Legislative Avenue at South Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard will be closed, as will East Avenue at South Martin Luther King Boulevard.
The program will include:
· Remarks by Delaware dignitaries
· Performance by the 287th Delaware National Guard Band
· Fly over featuring vintage Twin Beech aircraft
· WW II Exhibit at the Delaware Public Archives
· Collection of WW II era military vehicles compliments of the 261st Artillery Reenactors Group.
"During a trying time in our country, Delaware played an important role in World War II, and we have a lot to be thankful for," said Paul Lardizzone, Chairman, Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs. "When some of the soldiers returned home from War, we didn't take time to properly recognize and memorialize their service. Finally, here in our capital, we have a monument to pay tribute to all Delawareans for their contributions and sacrifices during WWII."
After the ceremony, a gathering will be hosted at the Delaware Public Archives. WWII veterans will be at the Delaware Public Archives to informally discuss their experiences with people who are interested. Parking will be available all around the grounds of Legislative Hall and Delaware Public Archives.
"Unfortunately, Delaware has taken too long to honor the 'Greatest Generation.' Many are no longer with us, such as my father, who served in the Coast Guard," Rep. Earl G. Jaques said. "This monument not only honors those who served in the military, but also many other Delawareans who helped the war effort -- working in the ship yards, military facilities or at the Chrysler plant making tanks. I hope everyone will support their loved ones who had anything to do with World War II. Whether they are still with us or not, let's keep their memories alive."
For more information about the event, contact Tammy Stock at 302-857-3038 or visit www.veteransaffairs.delaware.gov.