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Kickoff Memorial Weekend
May 27 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pmFree
Contact: Nolan S. Lewis, Commander | (302) 894 – 8222 | Information@nabvetsDE.org
The National Association for Black Veterans, Inc., Delaware Chapter 94 (NABVETS) is kicking off Memorial Day weekend with a three (3) hour event on Friday, May 27, 2022 at the African American Medal of Honor Memorial in Wilmington, Delaware, to celebrate, honor, and remember the contributions of all veterans who have given their lives for American freedoms.
When: Friday, May 27, 2022 | 1:00PM – 4:00PM
Where: Brandywine State Park, West 18th Street, Wilmington, Delaware 19802
This event is free and open to the public, all are welcome to attend. A tent and chairs will be set up. Among the esteemed speakers for the ceremony are Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester, Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall Long, New Castle County Executive Matthew Meyer, Wilmington City Council President Ernest “Trippy” Congo, and more. Representatives from Wilmington Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Delaware Commission for Veteran Affairs, Evans Funeral Services, and other organizations to answer questions from the public and share information. Refreshments will be provided.
NABVETS is a membership based non-profit organization that was established in 1969 by three Vietnam War veterans; Brigadier General Robert A. Corcroft, William L. Sims, and Thomas H. Wynn, Sr. The organization advocates and provides direct services for veterans and their families. On November 16, 2013, Delaware opened its first and only chapter in Wilmington, Delaware, later relocating to New Castle, Delaware, under the leadership of Nolan S. Lewis.
In addition to other projects, the Delaware chapter has been advocating since 2017 to codify the African American Medal of Honor Memorial, located in Brandywine State Park, as the first memorial solely dedicated to Black American combat veterans from the Civil War to present. The monument, which was commissioned by Sgt. Wilson K. Smith, was erected, and dedicated in 1998 by the African American Medal of Honor Association, Inc. Two smaller replicas of the memorial currently exist: one at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia and the other at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland.
Learn more about the memorial and the names embossed on it at the Friday, May 27, 2022 remembrance ceremony. Join us, we would love to see you there!
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