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  • Smyrna-Clayton Memorial Day parade and ceremony Monday, May 30

  • The Smyrna-Clayton Memorial Day parade and ceremony will be held on Monday, May 30. Here are five highlights of the day.


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    Smyrna-Clayton Memorial Day events
    The Smyrna-Clayton Memorial Day parade and ceremony will be held on Monday, May 30. Here are five highlights of the day.
    1. Salute to those who died sea
    A Memorial Day tribute to those who died at sea will be held at 8 a.m., at Lake Como, on South Main Street near Rt. 13, in Smyrna. Plans include throwing flowers on the water in memory of those who died at sea, a prayer, an honor volley by the VFW Post 8801 Honor Guard, and the playing of “Taps.”
    2. Parade at 10 a.m.
    The Memorial Day parade will start at 10 a.m., with lineup at 9:30 a.m., on Market Street Plaza in front of the Smyrna Town Hall and Smyrna Post Office. The parade will turn east on Commerce Street, then north on Main Street, across Glenwood Avenue to Smyrna Municipal Park. In addition to veterans groups, the parade will include bands and a variety of community clubs and organizations.
    3. Ceremony at Veterans Monument
    The Memorial Day ceremony will follow the parade, at the Veterans Monument at Smyrna Municipal Park on North Main Street. The event will feature patriotic music, the raising of flags including flags for each branch of the military, speeches by local leaders and guest speaker Capt. Stephen R. Speed, and the playing of “Taps.”
    4. Guest speaker
    Guest speaker at the ceremony at Smyrna Municipal Park will be Capt. Stephen R. Speed, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy who served in the Navy around the world before returning to Dover, where, as a civilian, he was elected mayor. He is now Aviation Program Director at Delaware State University.
    During his active duty service flying the P-3C Orion, he reported to Patrol Squadron (VP) 30 in Jacksonville, Florida, Patrol Squadron (VP) 8 in Brunswick, Maine, and Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 1, Patuxent River, Maryland.
    After completing his tour at VX-1, he transferred to the Navy Reserve and reported to Patrol Squadron (VP) 68 at NAF Washington, D.C., and Patrol Squadron (VP) 64 in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. During these tours he served as Aircraft Commander, Mission Commander, Post-Maintenance Check Pilot, Instructor Pilot, Instrument Check Pilot, Maintenance Administration Officer, Maintenance Training Officer, Training Officer,  Assistant Administrative Officer, Training Officer, Operations Officer, Maintenance Officer and Executive Officer before taking the reins as the 25th and last Commanding Officer of VP-64.
    He directed the Navy’s initial operational test of the Ground Proximity Warning System, was the lead operational test pilot for the Extended Echo Ranging System and the Extended Reliable Acoustic Path Sonobouy. He assisted with the testing of the Sonobouy Missile Impact Locating System and the Global Positioning System.
    Page 2 of 2 - He also earned his Master’s of Business Administration from the Florida Institute of Technology.
    After leaving his last flying squadron, Capt. Speed reported to the Chief of Naval Operations Management Analysis unit at the Pentagon, where he advised the CNO’s staff on research projects that included Women in the Navy, Funding Migration, IT Outsourcing, and Executive Planning.  He later transferred to the Individual Ready Reserve and retired June 1, 2010, after 25 years of service.
    He lives in Dover with Lori, his wife of 26 years, and their two daughters, Shannon and Skyler.
    5. In case of rain
    In case of rain, the parade will be canceled, and the ceremony will be held at 10 a.m., at American Legion Post 14 Ambulance Hall on Glenwood Avenue (Rt. 300) in Smyrna.
    For information about the Memorial Day ceremony, call Greenwell at (302) 653-6868 or email vgreen8412@gmail.com.

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