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Noble’s Pond Honored Those Who Served with a Heartfelt Memorial Day Salute

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Contact: Mary Field, Vice President
Noble’s Pond
13 Noble’s Pond Crossing
Dover, DE 19904
Office: 302.736.5000
Mobile: 302.363.5934


On Sunday, May 24, 2015 more than 200 residents and friends of Noble’s Pond gathered to pay tribute to loved ones for their valiant service to our Country.  Clearly, the residents of Noble’s Pond have not forgotten the price paid for the freedoms we all enjoy living in the United State of America. A Flag Dedication and Raising ceremony took place at 11:00am on Sunday, May 24th.

#2 Committee Members Salute America Flag and POW Flag

Bob Swain, Walt Waite, Terry Sammons, Bob Sly and Colleen Ostafy Salute the American and POW Flags as they are raised for the first time

Organized by Noble’s Pond veterans, the day’s events began in front of The Point, the community’s Clubhouse. Ceremonies opened with an invocation, followed by the Presentation of Colors by the Marine Corps Color Guard Detachment 1775 of Oaklyn, New Jersey. The Raising of the Colors was performed by Noble’s Pond veterans, followed by the traditional playing of Taps by the Marine Corp League bugler.

#1 Color Guard proceed to Flag Dedication point

Color Guard proceeds to Flag Dedication point


Continuing the day’s ceremonies, a Parade of Flags was presented by community veterans from each of the armed services, as well as the POW flag.  Following a moving rendition of our National Anthem, the names of over 170 deceased veterans were read aloud and honored for their service in the armed forces as symbolic carnations were placed in a memorial basket. Mike O’Connor, bagpiper for the Dover Fire Department played Amazing Grace at the conclusion of the reading of the names and the presentation of carnations. Senator Dave Lawson attended the ceremony and presented the Veterans with an American Flag that flew over the Delaware State Capital building. At the conclusion of the ceremonies, a hearty lunch was prepared and served by a committee of Noble’s Pond volunteers.

#3 Noble's Pond Residents with flags representing all branches of the military and POW

Terry Sammons, Reggie Valentine, Tom Dolphin, Pat Gaudett, Tom Tokarczyk, Bob Morris and Jim Ullman carry their respective armed services flag during the Parade of Flags


Noble’s Pond is an amenity rich, active adult community, filled with yesterday’s charm but created for today’s active lifestyles. Located just minutes from downtown Dover, Delaware, the community offers unique and flexible floorplans, a breathtaking clubhouse with outdoor pool, kitchen, bocce courts, putting green, gazebos and a community garden, all situated amid the serene surroundings of Noble’s Pond. The Noble’s Pond Welcome Center, Clubhouse and Model Homes are open Monday through Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday Noon to 5pm. For more information call 1.888.222.0030 or visit

#4 Reggie Valentine carrying Army flag

Reggie Valentine carrying Army flag


#5 Bob Sly and Walt Waite

Noble’s Pond residents Bob Sly and Walt Waite welcome attendees to the Memorial Day Tribute


#6 Representatives from all armed forces and color guard salute during National Anthem

Representatives from all armed forces and color guard salute during National Anthem


#7 Carl & Becky Schultz (1)

Carl and Becky Schultz present carnations in honor of their deceased loved ones


#8 Anne Parker-Dockins (1)

Anne Parker-Dockins presents carnations in honor of deceased loved ones


#9 Color Gurad and Noble's Pond Volunteers

Marine Corps League Color Guard and Noble’s Pond Volunteers: Left to right first row, Terry Sammons, Dennis Helmer, Ray McIntrye, Ed Nailor, George Wise, Jim Bastein; Back row, Walt Waite, Keith Kreisher, Bob Sly, John Ferraina, Bob Morrell, Art Bancroft, Bob Swain


Photo Credits: Bill Miller and Jessica Daciuk


About HBA of Delaware

HBA/DE has been an integral part of the growth and economic development of the State of Delaware since 1947. HBA/DE was founded as a non-profit state affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) representing home builders and other businesses directly related to Delaware's Home Building Industry. Consisting of Builders, Remodelers and a group of diversified associate members, the Home Builders Association of Delaware strives to protect and preserve housing as a symbol of America.


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