Since its dedication in 1955, the War Memorial now known as Veterans Memorial Park hosts special services to commemorate Memorial Day and Veterans Day every year. In fact, the Veterans Memorial Park at the Delaware Memorial Bridge is designated as an official hosting site for such services by the National Veterans Day Committee in Washington, D.C. Veterans Memorial Park is one of 68 such recognized national sites in the United States and its territories.

At both ceremonies, public officials and veterans alike are invited to speak. Music is performed, either by members of the Armed Forces or by local schools and community groups. A moment of silence is always offered as well. Taps and an honor volley are always part of the program.

Both services are sponsored by the Delaware Commission on Veterans Affairs and the Delaware River and Bay Authority hosts these special ceremonies.

Veteran’s Day Service

The Veterans Day service takes place annually on November 11 to thank those who served honorably in the military. Originally known as Armistice Day and tied to the end of World War I, the original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Hundreds of people come out each year to acknowledge the contributions made by Delaware and New Jersey Military Veterans.

The service begins at 10:30 a.m.


Memorial Day Service

The Memorial Day service, held annually on May 30, pays tribute to the servicemen and women who have made the Ultimate sacrifice. The day was originally known as Decoration Day and was created to just honor that soldiers who had fallen in the Civil War. But after World War I, the holiday evolved to commemorate all Americans who have died in all wars. Memorial Day became a federal holiday in 1971.

The service begins at 10:30 a.m.


Memorial Day