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Delaware Honors Local Vets


DOVER, Del. - 80,000 Veterans call Delaware home. In Kent County, there were a few ceremonies honoring those brave men and women serve our country.

Veterans like Francis Satterfield who served in the Vietnam War says he's proud to be a Vietnam Veteran.

"I'm proud, because I grew up with a couple of guys that didn't make it this far," said Satterfield. "They went to Vietnam and came back the other way."

We found Satterfield sitting on his motorcycle outside of the Vietnam Veteran Memorial Park where Vietnam Veterans like himself were honored Monday afternoon.

Satterfield says it's a great thing to see all veterans, especially Vietnam veterans honored. He remembers back in the early 70s when that wasn't the case.

"Some of my fellow countrymen, servicemen coming back from Vietnam, coming through airport terminals, people treated them with disrespect," said Satterfield. "It wasn't until years later that Vietnam vets were really brought to the forefront.

He says it's amazing to see their efforts being recognized and honored.

"The job we did, we did it because we wanted to. To be recognized for it we really appreciate it. We really enjoy a lot of the celebrations that they do have."

For other Vietnam veterans, the pain of what some of them endured still haunts them.

"It's so very hard," said Vietnam veteran Howard Bryant.  "I was in infantry and it was so very hard. It's very, very hard. I think about it everyday. It's constantly on my mind."

He too is glad to have his service honored. But Bryant believes that the glory belongs elsewhere.

"It's great being honored today as a Vietnam vet. I don't feel like I deserve it.," said Bryant. "I feel like the ones that didn't make it to America home to their families, I think they deserve it."

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