Locals honor fallen men, women in uniform for Memorial Day

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Locals paid tribute to the fallen men and woman in uniform Sunday in honor of Memorial Day. (WPVI)

Music filled the streets Sunday in Deptford, New Jersey, as a tribute to the men and woman in uniform.

Earlier, a Memorial service was held to honor the fallen.

Veteran Linwood "Stu" Allen, 93, served in World War II along with his brother and two step brothers - four young men in four different branches.

He says th holiday always makes him think of them, and his fellow Marines.

"They did it so willingly and without any need for praise or anything like that," said Allen of Mantua. "They just knew it had to be done."

Salvatore Corma, an Army ranger and paratrooper from Deptford, was killed in 2010 in Afghanistan.

His mother tells Action News he saved more than a dozen members of his unit.

"Many, many, many sons like mine have done heroic deeds like that. So today is kind of a sad, joyful, loving day," said Trudy Corma of Deptford.

In Philadelphia's Bridesburg section, Veteran's processed into Saint John Cantius Church for Memorial Mass.

Then a salute to the dead at All Saints Cemetery.

The group went to cemeteries throughout the Bridesburg neighborhood, paying tribute to fallen service members. It's a responsibility the veterans and the Boy Scouts say they take very seriously.

"Actually it's the veterans responsibility to remind the community that this is not about hot dogs and hamburgers," said Joe Gunkel, American Legion Post 821. "It's about all our departed comrades who never made it home from all conflicts."

"They did a lot for our country, and it's just good to come out and pay service to them because without them our country would be a lot different," said Logan Haworth of South Philadelphia. "We wouldn't be free."
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