March 29 ceremony to remember Sussex Countians who died in Vietnam

March 17, 2019

The war in Vietnam continues to arouse much speculation and highly charged emotion. Many American service men and women shed their blood, and many others had their lives turned upside down because of this conflict. Many died.

And 50 years after the height of this war, in 2017, President Trump signed into law a special day to recognize those who fought valiantly and those who gave the last full measure.

Vietnam Veterans of America, Sussex County Chapter 1105 jointly with the City of Georgetown and the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps from Sussex Central High School annually sponsor an event in Georgetown to honor the 124 Delawareans and especially the 26 Army, Marines and Air Force members from Sussex County who never returned.

A special ceremony will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Friday, March 29, in front of the Sussex County Courthouse on The Circle in Georgetown.

VVA Chapter 1105 President Joe A. Moore, retired Army Vietnam veteran, will preside as master of ceremonies. Sussex Central High School Junior Army ROTC Cadets will present the colors and honor each Sussex County hero. The Pledge of Allegience will be led by Vietnam veteran and Army nurse Rhona Prescott. The national anthem will be sung by Cadet 1Lt Patricia Diaz. An invocation will be offered by Chaplain Col. Charles E. Covington Sr., and former Sen. George H. Bunting will offer the keynote address. Some background history will shared by Vietnam veteran Bruce Graber, and a wreath will be laid by veterans Rodger Rose and Michael J. Malachi. Playing of “Taps” and a benediction will follow.

After closing remarks, bagpiper William B. Corcoran will offer the traditional military farewell, "Amazing Grace." The colors will be retired by Army JROTC Cadets led by SFC Jovani Castaneda.

All are welcome to honor their fellow county heroes. Those who served and families of those who served are encouraged to wear medals and military clothing of significance.

Anyone who has a personal connection to any of the 26 Sussex casualties is welcome to participate. To arrange for participation, call Joe A. Moore at 302-542-3889.