Programs honoring the counties’ veterans were held across Gloucester and Mathews this past weekend as residents came together to recognize the service of our men and women in uniform.
Disabled American Veterans’ Chapter 58 held a program and luncheon at their headquarters off Short Lane in Gloucester. DAV Department of Virginia Commander Denise Williams was the guest speaker who addressed attendees from all five branches of the armed forces.
Proceedings began at 11 a.m., echoing the start of the armistice which ended World War I and would later become the basis for Veterans Day. DAV Chapter 58 Commander Chuck Duran opened the event by providing historical background on Veterans Day.
At 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice took effect between Allied Powers and Germany. This officially ended the fighting, though the war itself would formally end on June 28, 1919 with the Treaty of Versailles.
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