Wreaths Across America ceremony held in Dover

DOVER, Del. – Monday marked a day of remembrance, honor, and respect as lawmakers, active duty military members, and veterans gathered for a wreath laying ceremony at Legislative Hall. The annual ceremony was part of Wreaths Across America.

But, this year was even more special, as it marked the first in-person wreath ceremony in Dover since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’ve got to keep highlighting and congratulating and honoring the things that they do and the sacrifices they make,” said the president of the Delaware Veterans Coalition David Skocik. “Even when there’s no conflict going on, they go through a lot. They’re deployed on a regular basis, oftentimes more than once over the years.”

In addition to honoring those who serve, a special focus was also put on the children of military families. Students from Holy Cross School got a front row seat at the ceremony. “It was so good to see the kids here because it was a question of whether they’d be allowed to come out here or not. The key is not only to honor those who passed but to honor the future,” said Skocik.

And with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and recent withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, Governor John Carney says it’s now especially important to support those who dedicate their lives to serving this country.

“What they’ve been doing the last two years and the last 20 years of being deployed overseas in the war on terror, and now they’re here helping us at home fighting COVID-19,” said the governor. “No job is too small. No job is too big for those guys.”

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