LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The rest of the story on Libby, Kerry and treason

In his letter to the DSN of Aug. 31 (“True treason”), Mr. Paul Donnelly accused Scooter Libby of treason. It is incorrect to label Mr. Libby’s acts as treason, other than to say that no foreign government was involved. It is true that President Bush pardoned Libby to the extent that Libby did not have […]

Military veterans honor the ‘war dogs’

DOVER— It was a dog day morning as the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 850 unveiled its War Dog Memorial for Kent County Memorial Park on Saturday morning.

As he members noted, military dogs have had a long history in warfare.

The 5-foot black granite stone war dog memorial sits near the Huey Helicopter and carries the following inscription:

“They protected and watched over us at home and on the field of battle. We are forever grateful for their undying loyalty, devotion, and faithful service. They are not forgotten.

In addition to Dover Air Force Base personnel, the dedication ceremony included Dover Police Department’s Pfc. Joe Bauer and K9 Gunner; New Castle County Police Department’s Officer First Class Cory Best and K9 Diesel; Milford Police Department’s Pfc. Timothy Webb and K9 Henk; and Wilmington Police Department’s Officer Robert Steele and K9 Neo.

The dogs and their handlers stood separately from the audience as they were acknowledged.

‘Wall That Heals’ has mission of remembrance

OVER — Hundreds of people gathered at the “Wall that Heals” Thursday morning under cloudy skies to pay respects to those who died in the Vietnam War.

The traveling wall is a replica, about half the size of the Vietnam Wall in Washington, D.C. Panels list the names, in order of date of death, of more than 58,000 service men and women.

The Wall that Heals will be open to the public today and Saturday, 24 hours a day, on the grounds next to the Kent County Veterans Memorial Park on South Little Creek Road in Dover for people to reflect.

For John Rowan, national president of the Vietnam Veterans of America, he thinks it is also important that Americans think about the thousands of names not on the wall.

More than a name on a wall

DOVER — Jane Meder always hoped her husband would return to her and their four children.
“I always thought he would come back,” she said Wednesday afternoon from her Camden home.
Col. Paul O. Meder’s AC-130A gunship was shot down over Laos on Dec. 21, 1972. He was one of 16 crew members aboard the plane; two survived, the body of a third was found near the crash site. Col. Meder was listed Missing in Action
On Wednesday morning, Mrs. Meder visited the traveling half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial that will be in Dover through Saturday.
“This morning was hard. It’s real,” the great-grandmother said. “You’re looking at that wall and it’s real and there’s not a thing you can do about it.”

‘Wall That Heals’ coming to Dover on July 2

DOVER — The Kent County Veterans Memorial Park will be a busy place during the visit of The Wall That Heals between Thursday, July 2, and Sunday, July 5.
The visit is a joint project of the Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs and Kent County Chapter 850 of the Vietnam Veterans of America, who built the memorial park.
A 10 a.m. Thursday, July 2, opening ceremony will feature National Vietnam Veterans of America President John Rowan, who will welcome the public to visit the memorial, which will be open 24-hours through 5 p.m. Sunday, July 5.
The Wall That Heals is a half-size replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. Its visit to Dover is the result of a partnership between the Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs and VVA Chapter 850, who will host the memorial at its Veterans Memorial Park on South Little Creek Road.

COMMENTARY: Democrats should take the heat for conflicts

So, let’s get a couple of inconvenient truths out of the way before we tackle the real and hypothetical questions about what Republican presidential hopefuls would have done if they had known then what they know now about Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction — WMD. The first inconvenient truth concerns the Vietnam War. Democrats have […]

Vietnam veterans deserve our respect

For those who grew up in the 1960s, it was a time of turbulence and social change. But no matter who you were or where you came from, there was one word everyone knew: Vietnam. When war broke out in that unfamiliar place, hundreds of thousands of Americans answered their country’s call and wore the […]

Assessing the blunders of the Vietnam War

Forty years after the end of the Vietnam War, there are some key points that need to be made if we are ever to come to grips with the legacy of that conflict for the United States. 1. The crucial decisions that led to American involvement were not made by the Kennedy or Johnson administrations […]

Local Vietnam veterans offer retrospective on war’s end

DOVER — For veterans of the Vietnam War the date is as memorable as V-E Day to their parents or Nov. 11 to their grandparents.

But the end of this war was much different.

April 30, 1975. This past Thursday marked 40 years since the fall of Saigon.

Once the proud capital of South Vietnam, the city’s capitulation to North Vietnamese troops on that date marked the close of the Vietnam War.

Constants, changes since end of Vietnam War

The 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War affords the opportunity to reflect on how the conflict changed both the United States and Vietnam since. At the same time, it is an appropriate time to remind ourselves of the constants of war for both sides. Clearly, the conclusion of the war between North […]