To the loss of Harry Delawder Sr., an Elkton Vietnam War veteran, an outspoken veterans advocate and a friend to all in the Cecil County community, who died Tuesday. A member of the VFW Elkton Memorial Post No. 8175, American Legion Cecil Post No. 15 and Disabled American Veterans Daniel “Doc” Dougherty Chapter No. 28, Delawder had his finger on the pulse of the local veterans community. He and the late World War II veteran Ray Russo were a frequent part of the county’s celebration of the military for years. Delawder was dedicated to helping veterans obtain their military benefits, helping scores file paperwork and accompanying them to meetings, even when his own health declined. He spent countless hours visiting with elderly veterans at Perry Point VA Medical Center and nursing homes around the county, many of whom no longer had family to visit them. The Whig could not have done its reporting on the needs and lives of Cecil County veterans in recent years without Delawder’s help. He will be deeply missed.