Speak Up: Vietnam Memorial founder speaks at Vietnam Veterans Day ceremony


Whenever Jan C. Scruggs speaks, he always carries the thanks and praise of the 2.7 million U.S. veterans who served in Vietnam, as well as their family members. Such was the case again at the Vietnam Veterans Day ceremony hosted by the Kent County chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America on March 25, as people packed into the auditorium at the Kent County Administrative Building. Nine years after his service in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, Mr. Scruggs served as the catalyst to build the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., to honor the more than 58,000 who were killed in Vietnam, as well as those who suffer physical and psychological scars.

  • Very moving, as always. Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 850 does a great job. — Eugenia Thornton for Kent County Recorder of Deeds

How will you celebrate your life?

The ashes of a deceased Georgia man, a passionate Trekkie with ties to Seaford, will be part of the first Enterprise Celestial Memorial Spaceflight that will carry 197 sets of remains into deep space. The deceased include several original “Star Trek” cast members, an Apollo astronaut, global adventurers and others. While not for everyone, some people want a more creative method for the dispersal of their remains. Are you planning an unusual way to memorialize your life?

  • I love fried chicken. Even though I know it is bad for you and may be the death of me, I want my ashes put in a KFC bucket for my urn. Then, KFC will be served at my get-together afterward. Wife is not completely onboard yet because we’ve agreed to mix our ashes together when we die. — Stan Sipple
  • Told the wife to dump me in the Atlantic, 3 miles off Cape Hatteras. — Warren Avis
  • Exactly what I want! — Barbara Farmer
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