Wilmington’s 2014 Memorial Day Parade will pay tribute to a Marine Missing in Action. Marine Corps Gunnery Sargent Edward Arlo Willing, who disappeared in Vietnam in July of 1968, has been named honorary Grand Marshall for this year’s parade. Willing’s sister, Nancy, will represent her brother.
Willing joined the Marine Corps in November 1966, just out of Brandywine High School. He had been in Vietnam for nine months and went missing when reporting to his observation post. Since Willing might have been captured, he was listed as Missing in Action, although a Presumptive Finding of Death was later issued.
This year marks the 147th consecutive observance of the traditional Memorial Day, May 30th, in Wilmington. The parade lines up at 5:15 p.m. and begin at 6:00 p.m. at Delaware and Woodlawn Avenues. Participants march east down Delaware Avenue to the Civil War Monument at Broom Street to honor the dead of all wars.