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Fallen Vietnam veterans honored in Delaware County for an early Memorial Day celebration

Marcus Hook honors 185 fallen Vietnam veterans


Marcus Hook honors 185 fallen Vietnam veterans

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Community members gathered Saturday at Market Square Memorial Park to honor the legacy of 185 men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military during the Vietnam War.

The small ceremony took place after a Memorial Day parade through the streets of Marcus Hook.

The 31st annual Delaware County Vietnam Veterans Memorial Service was hosted by Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 67.

Speakers read out the names of 185 soldiers. After each name was read, a bell was rung.

Among those honored were Maureen and Susie McHugh’s brother, Timothy D. McHugh, a Marine.

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“We still miss him,” Maureen said. “Every year it gets harder. We had a great relationship. We were very close before he left.”

“We lost him just before his 21st birthday. It’s always an honor to remember him,” Susie said.

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Others who attended the ceremony never met their relatives who died in the line of duty. Chris Allard’s uncle Paul Edward “Buddy” Allard died while serving in the Marines.

“The man is still a big presence. He has a huge presence in this family, and honestly, he’s my hero,” Chris Allard said.

Speakers included Colonel Arthur Jenkins and Gina Rose Toland.

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