The ceremony was held at Kent County Memorial Park on Saturday.
Dozens honored fallen servicemen and servicewomen, as well as retired troops, during the annual Vietnam Veterans Day ceremony at Kent County Memorial Park on Saturday afternoon.
The event featured politicians and a keynote by Rosely Robinson, founder of the Delaware chapter of A Hero’s Welcome Delaware, who’s served as its director since 2012. Robinson touched on the American dream in her speech, highlighting how Americans can attain success, even if they come from humbled beginnings.
Dover community leaders and Vietnam vets Dave Skocik (president of Delaware Veterans Coalition), Joe Startt (president of Chapter 850 Vietnam Veterans of America) and Paul Davis (state council president of VVA) were each awarded the Kent County Medal.
The medal, presented by Kent County Levy Court, is the highest honor the county can bestow upon a person. Prior to Saturday’s event, only an estimated 25 medals have been awarded. The award is so significant it’s nicknamed the “medal of honor.”
The Vietnam Veterans Day ceremony included a wreath-laying to honor troops, along with a reading of the names of troops from Kent whose lives were lost in service.
The event concluded with a performance of “Taps” and “Amazing Grace” by Dover Fire Pipes and Drums.