In recognition of the men and women who lost their lives in service to our country, the City of Newark will host Memorial Day events on Sunday, May 21. A ceremony including drills, the presentation of flags and patriotic music will take place on the University of Delaware Green at 1 p.m. At 2 p.m., the 82nd annual Memorial Day parade will commence, starting at South College Avenue and continuing to Chapel Street. Marching units representing all service branches, veterans’ organizations, schools, and community organizations will be participating in the parade on E. Main Street.
"Memorial Day serves as a solemn opportunity for us to come together as a community and a nation and honor the women and men who sacrificed their lives while serving our country," said mayor Polly Sierer. "I am proud to be part of a community that recognizes the importance of this annual event and works hard to adequately commemorate their service and sacrifice."
New to the ceremonial agenda this year is the dedication of a Chair of Honor, intended to honor and remember the more than 81,000 soldiers identified as Missing in Action and/or Prisoners of War. The chair will be permanently displayed at the City municipal building.
Free parking will be available in municipal parking lots and University of Delaware’s Pearson Hall parking lot until 4 p.m. The Trabant Center parking garage will be charging a special event rate with a maximum of $5 for the day. All parking regulations are in effect and lots not mentioned will have regular fees in effect.
The following roads will have detours and closures in effect beginning at noon and continuing until 3:30 p.m.:
- South College Avenue (Park Pl. to Main St.)
- Delaware Avenue (South Main St. to Academy St.)
The following roads will have detours and closures in effect beginning at 1:30 p.m. and continuing until approximately 3 p.m.:
- Main Street (South College Ave. to Chapel St.)
- Academy Street (Delaware Ave. to Main St.)
- Chapel Street (Delaware Ave. to Main St.)