VFW to host annual Veterans Day Ceremony at Post 7234

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Nov. 10, 2017

This weekend, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7234 will host a Veterans Day Ceremony to thank area veterans for their service to the country.

“Veterans Day is to honor all the veterans from all the branches of service,” said Fulton Loppatto, adjutant for Post 7234.

Veteran and Delaware Superior Court Judge Richard F. Stokes will be the keynote speaker at the event, which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.

“Judge Stokes is a veteran of the Air Force and does the Veterans Court,” said Loppatto. “A lot of us from the post are veterans at the Veterans Court. That’s why we asked him this year to speak about his service and about what Veterans Court does for the veterans.”

The event is free and open to the public, with veterans encouraged to attend with their families.

Also at the event, Bernie Busby will sing the National Anthem and God Bless America.

“He served two tours in Vietnam. He sings with a local church and is a veteran with our post,” said Loppatto.

A recognition of veterans will take place, using a wreath donated by Bethany Florist. A representative from each branch is given a rose to place in the wreath.

“We always recognize our POWs and MIAs at every function,” Loppatto added.

The families of the veterans, especially the spouses, will be recognized, as well.

“Recognizing our spouses and families on Veterans day is very important to us. They kept our spirits going. For me, my wife wrote a letter every day during the 13 months I was in Vietnam. [It’s] certainly uplifting and reminds us Veterans of who we are fighting for — our family, friends and neighbors.”

While the Indian River High School ROTC usually presents the colors, Loppatto said some younger students also participate in a special way.

“Usually a local school will bring by a bunch of letters that the children have written to the veterans. We’ll try to read some of those which is very nice.”

Loppatto said State Sen. Gerald Hocker, State Rep. Ron Gray, former State Sen. George Bunting, and Sussex County councilmen George Cole and Rob Arlett are expected to be in attendance.

“A lot of people do come — we pack the place,” he said with a chuckle. “We get 200 people or more; we always have people standing.”

Following the program lunch will be served, giving those in attendance the opportunity to chat with one and other.

“We get from all generations, World War II and up will be there, which is nice.”

Loppatto said that he hopes younger veterans and their families will be able to attend the event, as it is being held on a weekend.

“This one we try to make it more celebratory… And try to honor the veterans and give them a chance to stand up and be recognized,” he said. “There’s a lot of pride there. “

The VFW Post 7234 is located at 29265 Marshy Hope Way in Ocean View.