World War II Remembered At Sussex County Event
LEWES, Del - The reading of 97 names of Delawareans who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War II highlighted a ceremony at Fort Miles in the Cape Henlopen State Park. A chime salute accompanied each name. The event held on the anniversary of Japan's surrender that ended the war.
The names were read in alphabetical order and included the military branch that they served and how they died. It took place at the base of the 16 inch barrel gun that overlooks the Delaware Bay. The gun has a significant place in history.
"We (Fort Miles) are one of only three places in America where this event can actually be held," Fort Miles Historical Association President Dr. Gary Wray explained. "There are pieces of the beginning of the war from the battleship (USS) Arizona and we have the 16 inch barrel of the battleship (USS) Missouri that the Japanese had to walk past to surrender to General MacArthur."
Fort Miles continues to be a reminder of World War II and the potential threats that faced this part of the country. It was built as a defense against possible attacks from Nazi Germany to the ports of Wilmington and Philadelphia.
Overall there were 774 military men and women from Delaware who died serving the nation during World War II. The plan is to read approximately 100 names each year. The Fort Miles Historical Association expects to have all them read within six more years before returning to the beginning of the list of names for future readings.