A 16-year-veteran of the Honesdale State Police and Iraq war veteran was honored Thursday by the American Legion at a Memorial Day assembly at the Western Wayne Middle School.


A 16-year-veteran of the Honesdale State Police and Iraq war veteran was honored Thursday by the American Legion at a Memorial Day assembly at the Western Wayne Middle School.
American Legion and VFW Posts from around the area honored Trooper Scott Walck as Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for his commitment to the safety of the community.
Being awarded on Memorial Day weekend was fitting for  Tpr. Walck, who is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Bonnie Gaughan, Trp. Walck's mother, said she is very proud of her son.
Tpr. Walck serves as the head coach for Western Wayne Junior Wildcat wrestling and assistant coach for the football team.
“My son leaves his family every day to put his life on the line to protect and serve,”Gaughan said, “and our family feels he and all his fellow troopers deserve the recognition for what they do for us every day.”
“It's a proud day,” said Tpr. Walck's sister, Kelly Walck.
John Gaudenzi, a member of  American Legion Post 807, helps organize events for Memorial Day and Veterans' Day each year.
“We need to remind the kids that Memorial Day is about more than just BBQ's and a day off from school,” Gaudenzi said. “It's part of our history and it's something they should understand.”
The special guest speaker for the Memorial Day assembly was Capt. John Del Palazzo, who impressed upon the purpose of Memorial Day.
The assembly also included readings from students, including a reading of “In Flanders Fields,” a poem written by Lt. Col. John McCrae, a Canadian soldier in World War I.
About 25 American Legion and VFW members were on-hand for the ceremony.
“Memorial Day is more of a somber day than Veterans Day. We are remembering our fallen comrades,” Gaudenzi said.
For a list of what some American Legion and VFW Posts are doing for Memorial Day, please see the Saturday edition of The Wayne Independent.