Wilmington Memorial Day Parade 2018

Wilmington's traditional May 30th Memorial Day Parade has been running strong for 151 years now.

The event saw Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) Posts, elected officials, marching bands and different groups march down Delaware Avenue from Woodlawn Avenue down to the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Broom Street.

Many in attendance sported the standard red, white and blue colors but also a large portion of those who sported colors of the armed services they had served in.

One of those, 31-year-veteran and retired U.S. Army Master Sergeant Merriella McMillian.

"Today was all about remembering my fellow soldiers," said McMillian. "Those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and those who are still overseas."

McMillian comes from a large military family where her grandfather, father, sister, brother, daughter and son all served.

The Master Sgt.'s granddaughter Kamir isn't old enough to serve and said she's not going to but did help dedicate Delaware's first Prisoners of War chair in Eisenberg Elementary School.

"We are teaching them young, the importance of military service-- and to not forget," said McMillian.

Once the pomp and circumstance subsided from the parade, a memorial service was held at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument at the corner of Delaware Avenue and Broom Street.

A moment of silence was had for the nation's fallen and a special aside for one of Delaware's favorite sons, Beau Biden, who passed three years ago to the day.

The general order that started this 151-year-old tradition was read, placing of ceremonial wreathes and a traditional 21 gun salute all accompanied the service at the monument that was guarded by Naval Sea Cadets including Newark Charter junior Robert Sharpe.

"Today was about remembering those who have come before us," said Sharpe. "It was really rewarding to give back to a community that honors the people that have come before us and paid the ultimate sacrifice."

WDEL's jack of many trades, Kevin is a hybrid news/sports reporter and anchor. On top of being the Education reporter for your trusted source for news, Kevin is a USMC veteran, Camden County College and Temple University journalism alumni.