Delaware County Recognizes Local Heroes During Annual Freedom Medal Awards Dinner

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Released: November 18, 2022

Delaware County Council was proud to honor the recipients of the 2022 Freedom Medal Awards during the 8th annual Freedom Medal Awards Dinner held at the Springfield County Club on November 18.

The Delaware County Veterans Memorial Association hosts the annual dinner to pay tribute to our local Veterans and to raise funds to support its educational programs that ensure future generations know about our nation’s military history and sacrifice.

Delaware County is home to over 35,000 Veterans who have bravely served our nation. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Veterans Memorial Association, our community has been provided with an inspiring space at the Veterans Memorial and POW Wall in Newtown Square to reflect upon the bravery and sacrifice of our local Veterans and honor those who have served to defend our rights and protect our freedom

Council was once again proud to partner with the Veterans Memorial Association to host the awards ceremony, and Councilman Madden was honored to serve as Emcee of the event and also join Senator Tim Kearney in presenting a County Resolution and a State Proclamation to the recipients.

The 2022 Freedom Medal Award winners are:

General John (Jay) Paxton, Jr., USMC

Brig. General Daniel Van Wyk, U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard

Joseph Curley, U.S. Coast Guard

Carl Ewing, U.S. Army

Denise Leslie, U.S. Navy

Benjamin Sides, USMC

James L. Smith, USMC

The J.A.C.E. of Delco (Juneteenth Artistic Collaborative Experience) was honored with a special “Dedication to Education” award, and Greencastle Associates Consulting was honored for their “Dedication to our Country & Community.”

Congratulations to the recipients on their much-deserved recognition!

Council thanks and commends President of the Association Joe Daly, for his leadership throughout the year, Nicole de Botton, who ensures the event is successful each year, and Claude de Botton, whose vision, dedication, patriotism, and tremendous respect for Delaware County’s heroes had led to the truly extraordinary Veterans Memorial and POW Wall in Newtown Square.

More details on the Delaware County Veterans Memorial Association In Newtown Square can be found here:

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