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Rehoboth Beach celebrates Veterans Day

By Steven Billups | Nov 15, 2013
Photo by: Steven Billups

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7447 and the Ladies and Men’s Auxiliary Post 7447 hosted a Veterans Day ceremony on the Bandstand in Rehoboth Beach Nov. 11. Veterans, families, and local and state officials, along with many patriotic local citizens, attended the event.

Shown addressing the gathered crowd is keynote speaker John Murrow of Newark. Murrow is a Vietnam veteran, past VFW department commander, and present national council member for the state of Delaware.

Murrow said, “As veterans and concerned citizens, we must continue to be unrelenting in our efforts to petition our government to secure sufficient treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. To care for our military families, to increase funding for childcare, spousal support, career development, lodging and education. And also to respond the unique needs of the more than 1.2 million women veterans.”

 

 

Korean War veteran Louis Bonavito of Rehoboth Beach salutes the flag during the playing of the national anthem. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
Walking to the Veterans Memorial at the Bandstand to place a wreath are Ed Schafer, VFW Post 7447 Men’s Auxiliary president and Buttercup Baker, VFW Post 7447 Ladies Auxiliary junior vice president. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
Shown at the Veterans Memorial with wreaths are (l-r) Steve Pepe, exalted ruler Elks Lodge 2540; John Marcus, Elks Lodge; William Stranch, American Legion Post 5 Sons of American Legion commander; Nancy Lawrence, American Legion Post 5 Ladies Auxiliary president; Bob Prunchniewski, American Legion Post 5 commander; Tracy Bowen, VFW Post 7447 commander; Juan Anderson, Civil Air Patrol; Buttercup Baker, VFW Post 7447 Ladies Auxiliary junior vice president; and Ed Schafer, VFW Post 7447 Men’s Auxiliary president. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
Playing “Taps” at the close of the ceremony is Haley Will of the Cape Henlopen High School Band. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
Navy veteran and submariner Ed Cushman proudly wears the stars and stripes with his Navy colors. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
American flags and poppies adorn the patriotic crowd. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
Charles Marvel of the District 4 Honor Guard fires a salute just prior to the playing of “Taps.” (Photo by: Steven Billups)
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