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Gloucester ceremony honors those who gave all

In spite of a sweltering sun, a sizeable crowd attended American Legion Post 75’s annual Memorial Day Ceremony held Sunday afternoon on the grounds of Gloucester Courthouse on Justice Drive.

The ceremony began with a precision-perfect presentation of the colors by members of the Gloucester High School NJROTC, followed by a pitch-perfect rendition of the National Anthem by Gloucester High School student Kendall Pratt.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Post 75 Sergeant-at-Arms Mike McKee, after which Post 75 Commander Dr. David C. Workman exhorted all in attendance to “resolve by word and deed to highlight the freedoms and duties of patriotism,” and Post 75 Adjutant Joseph Dugan gave a moving invocation.

Post 75 1st Vice Commander/ALR Director Marvin VanBuskirk told those gathered that, though Memorial Day might be considered a time for picnics and BBQs, people must also remember “the sacrifices made by men and women who fought and died.”

Workman then introduced the guest ...

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