Vets’ advocate to keynote Vietnam Veterans Day

Rosely Robinson

DOVER — Veterans’ advocate Rosely Robinson will serve as keynote speaker at the annual Vietnam Veterans Day ceremony Saturday at the Kent County Veterans Memorial Park.

The event, set for 2 p.m. at the park at 760 S. Little Creek Road, is open to the public.

Mrs. Robinson is the founder of A Hero’s Welcome Delaware and has served as its director since 2012. AHW’s mission is “Ensuring all service members get the proper welcome home.”

Organizers said the keynote speaker has taken an active role in many other veteran-related initiatives, including organizing the first motorcade in 2013 for the Wounded Warriors who participated in “Operation SEAs the Day,” which organizes and facilitate a beach week for wounded soldiers and their families as a means of showing appreciation for their service and sacrifice. The motorcade honors participants on the final days of their week. She continues to coordinate the motorcade each year.

Mrs. Robinson was recently named the Delaware coordinator for the POW Flag 50 State Tour, and coordinated 14 separate events in 2 1/2 days throughout the state.

Each event was designed to spread awareness of the 83,000 members of our military who remain unaccounted for since World War II. Mrs. Robinson also works closely with a number of other veterans organizations and is an advocate for the POW MIA Chair of Honor program she is actively placing chairs throughout the state in dedication ceremonies.

“Mrs. Robinson immigrated to the United States from Brazil in 1962 at age of 12 with her father and immediately focused on learning English and becoming an American citizen. Six years later she took the oath of American.

“We truly appreciate her inspirational passion for our great nation and for reaching out to young and old to teach the meaning of the ‘Empty Chair,’ ” said Chapter 850 President Joe Startt Jr.

The event is open to the public who is encouraged to attend and bring their children.

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