The Delaware Commission on Veterans Affairs and the Military Order of the Purple Heart held its annual Veterans Day ceremony in New Castle.
More than 78,000 veterans live in Delaware and dozens participated in the event held at the Memorial Bridge Plaza.
“On Veterans Day, we remember and honor all the members of the armed forces whose sacrifice protects the freedom and liberty that we have today,” said Congressman John Carney, D-Del. “It has been said that a veteran is someone, who at one point in their life, wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount up to, and including, their life. It is our nation’s solemn obligation, when Americans make that commitment, to support them and their families during their service and ensure that their needs are met when they come home.”
In Rehoboth Beach, 90-year-old veteran and POW Bayard R. Horn was finally awarded his Purple Heart for action in France. During ceremonies hosted by the VFW Post 7447, memorial wreaths were placed at the flags and monuments that pay homage to service men and women.