Veterans Councilman Bob Meffley and County Executive Alan McCarthy attend Vietnam Traveling Memorial War ceremony in Easton
EASTON, MD – On Sunday, June 3rd, County Executive Alan McCarthy and Councilman Bob Meffley participated in a ceremony of remembrance honoring the valor and sacrifice of the Vietnam Veterans from Cecil County at VFW Post 5118 in Easton, Maryland.
The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall, an exact replica of the original memorial in Washington, DC, was on-site and the names of the nine Cecil County service members who lost their lives in service were called:
SP5 David Nelson Clayton, Perryville
LCPL Gregory Scott Copenhaver, Port Deposit
PFC Marshall Franklin Freng, Elkton
PFC Donald C. McAllister, Jr., Elkton
CPL Michael Duane Rolfe, Rising Sun
W01 Ray Levi Reynolds, Rising Sun
SP5 George Robinson, Elkton
PFC Thomas Valentine Ruff, Jr., Elkton
SP4 Marion Neal Tapp, Port Deposit
Family members of the soldiers were encouraged to share stories and photographs of their loved ones and grief counselors were on hand. The Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 648, were also in attendance for those in need of that camaraderie.
In a letter dated May 31, 2018, Governor Larry Hogan expressed his appreciation for the service and sacrifice to all veterans who served during the Vietnam War Era and encouraged veterans and their families to visit the Traveling Wall for “healing, peace and kinship with others.”
McCarthy and Meffley shared in presenting a proclamation for the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall. Both gentlemen also received a Vietnam Veteran lapel pin in recognition of their active duty service in the United States Armed Forces. The pin is given to all
living veterans who served at any time during the period of November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975.
The Wall, which includes the names of 58,315 soldiers, will remain at VFW Post 5118 in Easton until Wednesday, June 6th.