News Release

Laurie E. Bick-Jensen
Director, Public Relations
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Wilmington University Presents Remembrance of Delaware’s Role in World War II

Guest speaker, author Jan Churchill, will discuss New Castle Air Base and role of female aviators.

On Thursday, April 17, Wilmington University College of Arts and Sciences will commemorate World War II with the first of two events that will pay tribute to veterans and explore Delaware’s unique role in the war .

The event will take place in the Auditorium of the Doberstein Admissions Center on the University's New Castle campus at 6 p.m. Jan Churchill, author of From Delaware to Everywhere, will speak about the important role of the New Castle Air Base in World War II and the role of female aviators serving in the Women's Aviation Ferrying Service (WAFS). 

World War II was the greatest global government conflict in history. It rerouted America’s economic and industrial course as it also altered the economies and landscapes of both European and Asian countries. World War II ended in 1945 and those who served in the war have been dubbed "the greatest generation" because their sacrifices averted global domination by the Nazis and their global sympathizers.

Ms. Churchill will be joined by former Wilmington University chair of general studies and World War II veteran George Bellenger, who will share his memories about life during the war. Other activities will include a presentation to all present World War II veterans, a color guard performance and a book signing with Ms. Churchill. Refreshments will be served.  

A subsequent event will take place at Wilmington University's Georgetown campus as a joint effort with Delaware Technical and Community College on May 10 at 11a.m. Featured speakers will be Brigadier General Kennard Wiggins (RET), author and expert on Delaware military history, and Russ McCabe, former Director of the Delaware State Archives. The speakers will discuss Delaware’s contributions and impact on the war effort. A World War II re-enactment unit will be also be set up outside the theater.

For more information, click here or contact Nicole Karam at 302-356-6984, or 

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Published: Friday, April 11, 2014 - New Castle, DE