Veterans programs to be held Friday in Gloucester, Mathews

- Posted on Nov 09, 2011 - 05:25 PM

Veterans organizations in Gloucester and Mathews will commemorate Veterans Day with a pair of services in the two counties Friday.

Photo: In Mathews, Army Col. Tod D. Mellman, left, will speak, while Gloucester will hear from Marine Col. Peter H. Devlin.

In Mathews, Army Col. Tod D. Mellman, left, will speak, while Gloucester will hear from Marine Col. Peter H. Devlin.

Middle Peninsula Detachment #1317 of the Marine Corps League is sponsoring an event at 1 p.m. at the Gloucester County Veterans Memorial in front of the new courthouse, while American Legion Post 83, Mathews, will hold its annual dinner and membership awards, beginning at 6 p.m. at the post headquarters in Hudgins.

In Gloucester

Gloucester’s ceremony will feature Marine Col. Peter H. Devlin, who heads up the Fleet Antiterrorism Security Teams (FAST) at the Marine Corps Forces Command, Norfolk. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Brian Shearer, chaplain for the Yorktown Naval Weapons Station, will also speak. The Marine Corps is currently in the process of relocating two FAST companies to the Yorktown NWS.

Other Gloucester military service organizations have been invited to take part in Friday’s event, according to James W. Harvell, paymaster for the Marine Corps League detachment. The program will also include a gun salute from a Marine Corps detachment, the playing of "Taps" and the folding of an American flag to be presented to the widow of a deceased veteran who was a member of American Legion Post 75.