The traditional Sussex County Memorial Day Service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, May 30, on The Circle in Georgetown, sponsored by the Georgetown Kiwanis Club, Korean War Veterans Association and the Georgetown-Millsboro Rotary Club.
The keynote speech, From Sea to Shining Sea, will be delivered by retired Col. Jeffrey P. Hilovsky, USAFR, former medical commander of the 512th Airlift Wing at Dover Air Force Base. Hilovsky is better known locally as part of Sussex Eye Center, and he is currently active in civic and optometric endeavors.
Master of ceremonies will be Sen. Brian Pettyjohn, R-Georgetown. The invocation and benediction will be offered by the Rev. Anthony L. Neal, pastor of Everlasting Hope Ministries in Georgetown.
Cathy Gorman of Georgetown will return to sing the national anthem and “America the Beautiful.” The audience is invited to sing along.
Memorial wreaths will be placed by local veterans’ groups and service organizations in tribute to those who died in both World Wars, Korea, Vietnam and more recent conflicts to protect Americans’ freedoms. Members of Troop 95, Boy Scouts of America will assist.
The rifle salute will be executed by members of the 198th Signal Battalion, Delaware National Guard, stationed at the Georgetown Armory. “Taps” and its echo will be performed by Sussex Central Band Director Ben Ables and Sebastian Klimitchev, a student at Sussex Central.
The program is scheduled to last about 50 minutes. Seating is provided on The Circle. Attendees are also encouraged to bring comfortable folding chairs and abide by CDC guidelines.