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Memorial Day is a day to be celebrated and honored by all. But when it comes to traditions surrounding the holiday, Wilmington maintains some of the oldest in the country. The Wilmington Memorial Day Parade has been celebrated for over 150 years, this year marking the 151st celebration. Founded in 1868, the “Memorial Day Committee” has worked to organize and handle the logistics of the parade since it’s inception. This year’s Memorial Day Parade will be held at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, May 30th, 2018. Participants and observers will line up to walk down Delaware Ave towards the Civil War Monument in remembrance of those who have lost their lives in pursuit of our nation’s freedom.
The Wilmington Memorial Day Committee invites the public to Wilmington’s 2018 Memorial Day parade, the oldest continuous parade in the country, either as marchers or spectators.
On May 5, 1868, Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) commander in chief General John Alexander Logan issued General Order #11, which established the Thirtieth Day of May as Memorial Day to honor those who had fallen during the War. The GAR was the largest organization of Union veterans of the Civil War.
That same year, a group of New Castle County citizens formed a Memorial Day Committee. Through their efforts, the City of Wilmington conducted ceremonies and activities on May 30 in compliance with General Logan’s Order. Subsequent members of that original Committee have continued in the spirit and effort of the original members, honoring our war dead on May 30.
The parade lines up on Delaware Avenue at Woodlawn Avenue at 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30. It steps off at 6 p.m. Participants march east down Delaware Avenue to the Civil War Monument at Broom Street, where we honor the dead of all wars with a memorial service.
It is important to pass on the tradition of honoring those who have given their lives for our country. For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/WMDParade/.
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