Fortunately, the Dover Fisherman’s House is empty on Remembrance Day.
The Dover House for Families of the Fallen is part of the Fisher House Foundation. The foundation’s 91 houses around the world serve as a refuge for wounded, wounded or sick soldiers.
The Dover House was built in 2010 to provide temporary accommodation for Gold Star families who come to meet the remains of the dead upon their return to American soil at the military mortuary at Dover Air Force Base.
“Before the fishermen’s house, a family usually received the call at all hours of the night, and if they could get to the base to witness the repatriation of the remains, they never really had a place to stay,” the president and CEO of the Fisher House Foundation, Ken Fisher.
Tech Sgt. Kayla Hemmesch manages the house. She says that every day military personnel tends the gardens, cleans the house and makes sure supplies are supplied.
“We are happy to have an empty house and we want no one to come to our house. However, should it happen that we are there to support them with whatever they need, ”Hemmesch said.
Dover Fisher House has served more than 3,700 families since its inception, helping them save on hotels and other travel expenses.
Hemmesch says it will be a quiet Memorial Day weekend this year.