The Delaware General Assembly, the Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs and the Delaware Heritage Commission will unveil a new monument this weekend honoring Delawareans who served in World War I and those who supported them on the home front.
The monument will be installed on the grounds of Legislative Hall, 410 Legislative Ave., Dover, and dedicated with a special ceremony at noon Nov. 4.
In attendance will be Gov. John Carney; Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock; Brig. Gen. Kennard Wiggins Jr., Delaware National Guard, Ret.; Maj. Gen. Francis A. Ianni, Delaware National Guard, Ret.; Sen. David McBride, president pro tempore; Rep. Peter Schwartzkopf, speaker of the house; Sens. Bruce Ennis and Colin Bonini; Rep. Earl Jaques; and representatives of the Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs, the Delaware National Guard, Disabled American Veterans, Gold Star Families and others.
Throughout the U.S.’s engagement in World War I, some 9,000 Delawareans served overseas in the Army, Navy and Marine Corps. Of that number, 43 Delawareans were killed in action and 188 were wounded. Many more succumbed to the great influenza epidemic of 1918-19, bringing the total number of Delaware service personnel lost during the war to 270.
The monument ceremony will follow a veterans’ parade through downtown Dover, beginning at 9 a.m. and featuring the First State Corvette Club, Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club, cadets of the First State Military Academy, the Dover High School Band as well as local veterans’ groups.
Those interested in participating should call 739-2792 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.