Delhi adds 77 names to Veterans Memorial

DELHI, OH (FOX19) - Delhi Veterans and those who support them met Sunday to mark Veterans Day 2011.

Among the names added to the Delhi Veterans Memorial this year was Warren Brofft.  His wife, Virginia, came to see his name etched in stone, but also to see his four brothers' names. Virginia marveled at her mother-in-law, who had five boys in the service in World War II, all at the same time.

"Whenever the boys came home, one of them, there was always a flag out on that porch. And when they left, she always went to the back bedroom, and we knew she was upset," said Virginia.

All five Brofft brothers came home alive.

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Paul Fellinger, a veteran of the U.S. Army, described his fellow veterans as, "someone who at some point in their life wrote a blank check made payable to the United States of America for an amount up to or including his or her life."

Though many in the crowd were retired, the young men and women currently serving were not forgotten.

"They have volunteered to serve, and they have endured tour after tour after tour in distant and difficult places. They have protected us from danger and they have given others the opportunity for a better life," said Fellinger.

Anyone who lived in Delhi for at least a year, and has served in any branch of the military during war or peacetime, can apply to be added to the memorial.

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