WILMINGTON - The Wilmington Town Crier would like to pay special tribute to the memory of Private John Allan Rich, USMC. Born in 1946, Rich made the ultimate sacrifice when he died in Vietnam in 1966. He was with the 1rst Marine Division fighting in the Quang Ngai Province. Last week's listing of Vietnam War causalities inadvertently missed him, because the Vietnam Memorial Wall roster does not include Wilmington as his hometown. We have learned that not only was he a Wilmington veteran, but he was the first town casualty of the Vietnam War. On 11 Nov beginning at 10:45, the town's Veterans Day ceremony will honor veterans like him and the countless others who served or are still serving their country and the principles of freedom and democracy.
Details of Veterans Day Observance
Residents will assemble at the 4th of July parking lot at 10:45 am and march across the street to the Veterans monument. Wilmington Police and Fire Honor Guards and the Wilmington High School Band will be in attendance along with an Honor Guard from the 344 MP Co, which is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan in April, 2013.