The Delaware County Vietnam Veterans of America held an honors ceremony on March 30 at the county courthouse to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the U.S. involvement in Vietnam.
An opening prayer was given by Reverend Dwight Cimino. The colors were presented by the Delaware County Junior Air Force ROTC.
Harold B. Wolford was emcee and addressed the significance and meaning of the event. He also provided statistics on personnel and other items concerning the U.S. involvement.
Veterans from all eras were asked to come up to the front courthouse steps. Forty-three veterans came forward. They were then asked to join hands and raise them in unison. Total to attend the event was estimated to be 70 – 80.
Mayor Carolyn Kay Riggle presented a proclamation from the City of Delaware and the Mayor’s office. The proclamation declared March 30, 2014 Vietnam Veterans Day in Delaware.
Lt. Colonel Russ Anible, Commander Delaware County Junior Air Force ROTC provided the keynote address. Comments about the event and its participants were provided by DCVVA Interim President, Robert Coy. The Star Spangled Banner was sung by Mary Fran Cassidy.
Angel by Sarah McLaughlin was sung by Heather Darling, who was accompanied by Gayle Crawford on keyboard. It was sung in memory of the Delaware fallen in Vietnam. The names of the eight fallen and one MIA from Delaware was read. The Delaware County Veterans Association Honor Guard presented a 21 gun volley, followed by taps. It is hoped that next year’s event will be held at the new Vietnam Veterans Memorial that is being built.