“Bury the Hatchet” ceremony held Thursday in Georgetown to keep tradition alive despite pandemic

GEORGETOWN, Del.- The Delaware tradition for more than 200 years, Return Day, usually is held the Thursday after election day, but this year due to the pandemic the Sussex County Return Day committee cancelled the event.

However, they still kept one of those events alive, the “Bury the Hatchet” ceremony, where a hatchet is put into the sand to show the end of the election and to promote peace between different political parties.

“We want this history to continue that’s part of our path of office is to protect the natural historic heritage of our state,” Senator Brian Pettyjohn, (R) District 19, said.

Sussex leaders and residents still felt the tradition needed to be carried on and wanted to do “Bury the Hatchet” and the returns to be read.

So, Thursday at noon the community came together for the ceremony.

“I’m hoping that there’s still a sense of unity that regardless of what happens we will go on we will fight for the values and the things that we believe,” Sheriff Robert Lee, for Sussex County, said.

Because they still put on the “Bury the Hatchet” event they needed to put CDC restrictions in place.

This gathering was smaller this year and they did not have vendors.

“We are going to be having signs that are the way right now encouraging and reminding people social distancing,” Pettyjohn said. “We’ve got this very large area here so people are more than able to spread out and maintain social distancing.”

Leaving this event Thursday officials hope that the message is clear to all that leaders of Sussex County are here to serve everyone regardless of their party and they are ready to get to work.

This year there was no ox roast or parade, but the Mayor does encourage residents to shop local to help businesses that have been struggling.

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