Monday, April 3, 2017

1962 Rehoboth Memorial Day


SUNDAY , JUNE 3, 1962


The Washington Evening Star printed this newspaper article telling about the Memorial Day Service and Rehoboth Beach in general, two months following the ' great Atlantic storm of '62' , by newspaper reporter Davis S. Hugg.

Cloudy skies and a few drops of rain in the morning hours failed to dampen the enthusiasm of a estimated 15,000 persons who descended upon Rehoboth Beach on Memorial Day for the traditional opening of the 1962 season.

By 11 am a large crowd had gathered at the Memorial on the Green near the eastern end of Rehoboth Avenue for traditional memorial exercises.

Following a medley of military airs by the Rehoboth High School Band, Mayor Julian C.
Stamper extended an official welcome to the thousands of visitors and Ralph B Pierson, Commander of Rehoboth American Legion Post 5, gave a memorial address.

Afternoon, Rehoboth's 'new' beach , completed with the land fill just last week, was well covered with swimmers and sun bathers.

Silent today, the near by bulldozers and graders engaged in the land fill project, served as a reminder of the badly battered beach by the ' Great March Storm of '62 ' , announcing it was once again ready for business as usual.

Visitors noted that the beach had been completely restored, the board walk had been replace to the south from Rehoboth Avenue, and the pilings for the north section were in place. Mayor Stamper had assured Memorial Day visitors that the boardwalk would be completed by June 15th.

Sunday, June 3 1962 Washington, D. C. Evening Star: David S. Hugg, Contributing Writer.

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