Observances held to remember war dead

by Sherry Hamilton and Charlie Koenig - Posted on May 29, 2013 - 02:08 PM

Photo: Gloucester NJROTC cadet Erin Walker accompanies Larry Espiritu, Grand Knight of the Fr. McCarthy Council 9428 of the Knights of Columbus, as he lays a wreath during Sunday’s Gloucester service. Photo by Charlie Koenig

Gloucester NJROTC cadet Erin Walker accompanies Larry Espiritu, Grand Knight of the Fr. McCarthy Council 9428 of the Knights of Columbus, as he lays a wreath during Sunday’s Gloucester service. Photo by Charlie Koenig

Photo: Wally Scheid, left, prepares to play Taps in advance of a 21-gun salute by members of Post 83. Pictured from left are retired Ambassador Morris D. “Buzz” Busby, 1st Vice Commander Willie Hubbard, Adjutant and Rifle Team Leader Morey Alexander (in back), and riflemen Jack Cranford, Bill Morris, Ellis Hudgins, Charlie Brown, Tom Hunley, Al Smith and Terry King. Photo by Sherry Hamilton

Wally Scheid, left, prepares to play Taps in advance of a 21-gun salute by members of Post 83. Pictured from left are retired Ambassador Morris D. “Buzz” Busby, 1st Vice Commander Willie Hubbard, Adjutant and Rifle Team Leader Morey Alexander (in back), and riflemen Jack Cranford, Bill Morris, Ellis Hudgins, Charlie Brown, Tom Hunley, Al Smith and Terry King. Photo by Sherry Hamilton

American Legion posts in Gloucester and Mathews hosted Memorial Day ceremonies in the two counties on Sunday afternoon to remember American soldiers and sailors who had made the ultimate sacrifice.

In Mathews

Retired U.S. Ambassador Morris D. "Buzz" Busby was the guest speaker at the service held at American Legion Post 83 in Mathews.

Busby was introduced by Post Vice Commander Willie Hubbard, who outlined the ambassador’s long and distinguished career. Busby served 15 years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy, receiving a Bronze Star for action in Vietnam, then followed up his Naval career as Ambassador to the Republic of Colombia and in numerous other diplomatic posts.

The ambassador served as President Ronald Reagan’s Special Envoy to Central America and as U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs. He has also authored a number of papers and has testified before Congress on counter-terrorism.

After 34 years in government service, Busby retired and helped found BGI, Inc., an international consulting firm with offices and affiliates in the U.S. and overseas. He has also served on the boards of several companies and as an executive consultant for a Fortune 500 company. He and his wife, Judy, live in Mathews.