Middletown remembers; volunteers needed

Shenandoah County Young Marines are asking people to remember a Drug Enforcement Administration agent murdered in the line of duty.

Middletown Mayor Charles Harbaugh presented a proclamation from the Town Council Tuesday to Caleb Slack, 14, and Teresa Hart, 15, members of the national youth organization, declaring Oct. 23 to Oct. 31 Red Ribbon Week.

The week commemorates the 1985 murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena.

“He served our country. He wanted to keep America safe by stopping the drugs coming in and he was killed for it,” Caleb said about the importance of honoring Camarena.

People in Camarena’s hometown of Calexico, California, began wearing red ribbons in honor of the work he did in the fight against drugs, Caleb said. The National Family Partnership took up the symbol and sponsored the first Red Ribbon Campaign the year of his death.

The campaign has become one of the primary events for the Young Marines, an organization that advocates the importance of a healthy, drug-free lifestyle, as well as self-confidence, academic achievement, good citizenship and community service, according to its website.

Caleb has plans to become a Navy Seal and Teresa plans on joining the U.S. Marines when they graduate.

Harbaugh also asked for volunteers to help light the 964 luminaries that will line both sides on Main Street this weekend for the Cedar Creek Battlefield Civil War reenactment. Each luminary represents Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the battle, he said.

Volunteers can contact the mayor on the Middletown Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pg/MiddletownVA4th/posts.