Fallen honored, remembered at annual Memorial Day ceremony

Fallen honored at annual Memorial Day ceremony

CAMDEN, Del. - Memorial Day weekend is considered a long holiday weekend for many but for some, Monday was not a day off.

A number of ceremonies were held across Delmarva to remember and honor the fallen men and women who served our country.

The Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) Post 3238 in Camden was one of several organizations holding Memorial Day ceremonies. It was emceed by Donald "Lucky" Dufresne, a retired Chief Load Master with the U.S. Air Force.

The veteran service organization has been around for 82 years and serves as a resource for local active duty veterans and their families.

Christina Chidester, a retired Sergeant with the U.S. Army, has been a member of Post 3238 for three years and says Memorial Day ceremonies create a strong sense of comradery.

"We're all family here. We all support each other," says Chidester. "Yes. our family and our friends are great support systems but as I said, sometimes they don't understand. They don't get it. So we come here, we understand. We love each other. We support each other."

A running theme of Monday's ceremony circled around the idea of honoring veterans and the fallen everyday, not just recognized holidays.

Marc Garduno, a former Human Resources Technician for the U.S. Army, says the most important thing is to respect the American flag.

While VFW Post 3238 has been in operation for decades, he says there have been recent additions in the Camden-Wyoming area that allow residents to honor and respect veterans.

"In 2015, we put in a monument in Camden right in front of the town hall that is dedicated to all of Camden sons and daughters who have gone into service and deployed around the world," he explains.

Garduno says Post 3238 typically holds activities on Friday's. The community is invited, especially if they have questions on what the organization does or the services they offer.

We're told they will also likely be participating at the 4th of July parade in Dover.

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