DAFB Mortuary Affairs commander to speak at Memorial Day ceremony

DOVER — Col. Daniel F. Merry will serve as keynote speaker at the Memorial Day ceremony of Kent County Chapter 850, Vietnam Veterans of America.

The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. Monday, May 25, at the Kent County Veterans Park on South Little Creek Road, Dover.

Col. Daniel Merry

Col. Daniel Merry

Col. Merry is the commander of Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations at Dover Air Force Base. AFMAO is a Field Operating Agency under Deputy Chief of Staff, Manpower, Personnel and Services, Headquarters Air Force. AFMAO has global responsibility for all Air Force mortuary matters for current and past conflicts, operates the nation’s sole port mortuary and provides global contingency mortuary response teams in support of Air Force and combatant command requirements.

“We are fortunate to have Col. Merry available to speak and cannot think of a more appropriate representative, not only of the Air Force but of the duties that Mortuary Affairs performs for all branches, especially as we reflect on this day,” said Joe Startt Jr., chapter 850 president.

Chapter 850 built the Kent County Veterans memorial Park situated on the north end of the County Administration Building property. The 1 1/2-acre site is home to a Vietnam memorial; a Gold Star Mother and Families memorial; a Korean War memorial, a future Middle East Conflicts memorial, and a planned War Dog memorial.

The park also features a “Dustoff” Huey helicopter, dedicated in 2014. Click on www.DelawareVVA.com for more information or call 302-697-8384.

“The public is invited and encouraged to participate in this day of remembrance of those who ensured our freedom,” said Mr. Startt.

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