Saluting Delaware County troops serving overseas
MEDIA, Pa. - April 26, 2011 (WPVI) -- Clutching photographs, families stood proudly to represent their loved ones at a special ceremony honoring Delaware County troops serving overseas.
One by one the names of 18 active-duty service members were called out as the photos were added to a special tribute wall at the Government Center in Media.
"We have the families come in, and they put the picture up and pay tribute to them," Delaware County Council Chairman Jack Whelan told Action News.
It is a small token of gratitude, but officials say it's an important symbol. It lets the brave service men and women know that those at home recognize their sacrifice.
After the ceremony inside, everyone moved outside for the symbolic raising of the Blue Star flag.
Action News was with one mother who received the ultimate phone call as our camera was rolling.
Ellie Quinn took a long-distance call from her son, Lance Corporal John Quinn, who is serving in Afghanistan. As her son copes with 115 degree weather thousands of miles away, Ellie was happy to let him know that he is not forgotten back home.
"He's gotten some cards and letters from people he doesn't know, and he thanks all of them, not just his family," she said.
You can find out how to send a letter to service member by contacting the Delaware County Office of Public Relations at 610-891-4931 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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