Sacrifices remembered

by Quinton Sheppard and Charlie Koenig - Posted on Nov 13, 2013 - 01:23 PM

Photo: American Legion Post 83, Mathews, presented Continuous Membership Awards during its Veterans Day dinner Monday night. Coast Guard Command Master Chief Stephen Dykema, at left, was the guest speaker. Among those present to receive their certificates were, from left, Mason South, Richard Jones, Allen Moughon, Donald Tellock, Bill Ligon, Ray Fleischer and Charlie Brown. Adjutant Morey Alexander, at far right, presented the certificates. Also present but not pictured were 20-year award recipient Harry “Tony” Sign and Vera Maloney, who accepted a 10-year award on behalf of her husband, Cyril B. Maloney. Photo by Charlie Koenig

American Legion Post 83, Mathews, presented Continuous Membership Awards during its Veterans Day dinner Monday night. Coast Guard Command Master Chief Stephen Dykema, at left, was the guest speaker. Among those present to receive their certificates were, from left, Mason South, Richard Jones, Allen Moughon, Donald Tellock, Bill Ligon, Ray Fleischer and Charlie Brown. Adjutant Morey Alexander, at far right, presented the certificates. Also present but not pictured were 20-year award recipient Harry “Tony” Sign and Vera Maloney, who accepted a 10-year award on behalf of her husband, Cyril B. Maloney. Photo by Charlie Koenig

Photo: Robert Berry represented the Gloucester Union Relief and Missionary Baptist Association in placing a wreath next to the Veterans Memorial in front of the new courthouse during Monday afternoon’s Veterans Day ceremony in Gloucester. He is escorted by Gloucester High School NJROTC Color Guard Commander Jennifer Fleming. Photo by Quinton Sheppard

Robert Berry represented the Gloucester Union Relief and Missionary Baptist Association in placing a wreath next to the Veterans Memorial in front of the new courthouse during Monday afternoon’s Veterans Day ceremony in Gloucester. He is escorted by Gloucester High School NJROTC Color Guard Commander Jennifer Fleming. Photo by Quinton Sheppard

Veterans’ groups paid tribute to the sacrifices made by the men and women of America’s armed forces in separate events on Monday in Gloucester and Mathews counties.

About 70 people attended Gloucester’s afternoon service, sponsored by Detachment 1317 of the Marine Corps League, and held in front of the new courthouse. That evening, American Legion Post 83 held its annual Veterans Day Dinner and Awards Program at the post headquarters in Hudgins, with about 60 taking part.

In Gloucester

Lieutenant commander Justin Whitt, senior Naval Science Instructor at Gloucester High School, was guest speaker for Gloucester’s service, taking a few moments to remember Sept. 11, 2001 and the lives that were lost in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania that day.

"Once the buildings had collapsed and the immensity of the attack began to register, most of us had no idea of what to do or where to turn," Whitt said. "As a nation, we were scared like we had not been scared for generations."

He said many others in the nation embraced each other for comfort and others sat in front of their televisions paralyzed from utter disbelief.

A small segment of other Americans, Whitt said, made very different choices, "actions the rest of America stood in awe of on 9/11 and every day since."

"The first were our firefighters and police, their ranks decimated that day, as they ran towards—not away—from danger and certain death," Whitt said. "They were doing what they’d sworn to do, ‘to protect and to serve,’ and went to their graves having fulfilled their sacred oath."