Dover’s Veterans Day Parade – Saturday, Nov. 4th at 9:30 am – Downtown Dover (Loockerman St. to Federal St.)
The City of Dover is hosting this year’s Veterans Day Parade along with the Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs. Please join us Saturday morning on November 4th at 9:30am. For those who are interested in participating, please retrieve the register form on the City of Dover’s website or at the DCVA office. Line up begins at 8am near the Duncan Center, at the corner of Loockerman Street and Jerusalem Way. Participants please arrive promptly to begin on time. (For further information, please call (302) 739-2792 or email firstname.lastname@example.org – Registration forms are also below)
WWI Monument Dedication – Saturday, Nov. 4th at 12:00 pm – Legislative Hall (411 Legislative Ave.)
The ceremony follows Dover’s Veterans Day Parade through downtown Dover that kicks off at 9:30am. Parking is available all around Legislative Hall, which sits on Legislative Avenue between Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. North and South. Refreshments will follow the ceremony at the Delaware Public Archives adjacent to Legislative Hall. (For further information, please call (302) 744-4114 or email: Legislative.Council@state.de.us)
On April 2, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson went before a joint session of Congress to request a declaration of war against Germany. Wilson cited Germany’s violation of its pledge to suspend unrestricted submarine warfare in the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean, as well as its attempts to entice Mexico into an alliance against the United States, as his reason for declaring war. Wilson asked Congress for “a war to end all wars” that would “make the world safe for democracy.” On April 4, 1917, the U.S. Senate voted in support of the measure to declare war on Germany. The House concurred two days late. By then, the war had then been in progress in Europe for some two and a half years and the casualties already number in the millions.
Before it was all over, some 9, 000 Delawareans served in the U.S. Army, Navy and Marine Corps overseas. Of that number 43 Delawareans were killed in action and 188 were wounded. Many more succumbed to the great influenza epidemic of 1918-1919, so that the total number of Delaware service personnel lost during the war numbered 270. Delaware’s last surviving veteran of World War I died some years ago. (By Dick Carter, “Director of Special Projects, Delaware State Senate Majority Caucus.”)
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