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Lives of Fallen Soldiers Honored in Memorial Service

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DOVER, Del.- Many people across Delmarva spend their Memorial Day weekend at the beach, having barbeque or even just being out enjoying the sun. But the real reason behind this holiday weekend is remembering the lives lost in the line of duty.

The Sons of Union Veterans Lt. Col. David L. Stricker Camp #64 hosted a memorial service to honor the fallen military man their organization is named after. Stricker was killed in action in 1864. People gathered in the Old Methodist Cemetery to honor his life and pay tribute to him giving the ultimate sacrifice for this country, his life.

“It’s a chance for us to focus on what Memorial Day really is,” said Charles Mattina, a member of the organization.

This Memorial Day marks the 150th anniversary of Stricker’s death.

“I think his memory and the memory of everyone who has served and gave their lives so we have the freedoms that we have today,” said Glenn Layton. “We have to remember them.”

Stricker was not the only military man from the area that was honored. According to Layton, there are a total of eight military men buried in the Old Methodist Cemetery. Three of those men died in action.

“That’s what we’re here today to do, to pay tribute, to pay homage to those that gave their lives,” said Layton. “What more can someone do for the rest of us than to do that and that’s why we do this.”

“I think as modern Americans we have a lot to be thankful for for what happened, what was fought for,” said Mattina.
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