Veterans Day observances planned for Friday, Nov. 11

- Posted on Nov 02, 2016 - 12:54 PM

Photo: Coast Guard Capt. John “Jay” C. Vann, left, will be the guest speaker at the Mathews Veterans Day program, while Steven Combs will speak in Gloucester.

Coast Guard Capt. John “Jay” C. Vann, left, will be the guest speaker at the Mathews Veterans Day program, while Steven Combs will speak in Gloucester.

Local members of the military will be honored in a pair of Veterans Day programs in Gloucester and Mathews counties next Friday, Nov. 11. On Sunday, Nov. 13, the Middle Peninsula Marine Corps League Detachment #1317 will hold a 3 p.m. ceremony at the Gloucester County Veterans’ Memorial Wall.

In addition, Thomas Hunter Middle School will be treating veterans to a lunch at the Mathews County school that day.

In Gloucester

Disabled American Veterans Chapter 58 will hold a Veterans Day ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11 at the DAV headquarters at 6265 Professional Drive, Gloucester.

Steven Combs, Deputy Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, will be the guest speaker. The son of an Air Force veteran, Combs himself served 10 years in the USAF, including a tour of duty as a squadron commander at Rhein-Main AFB, Germany.

Combs has served in the department for a dozen years, initially as Director of Policy and Planning, where he led the department’s budget and legislative development initiative and provided support for four citizen boards.

As the current deputy commissioner, he supports the work of the department’s commissioner, the directors of the department’s six service lines which includes benefits and care centers serving veterans, and the department’s 700-plus employees.

The Gloucester service will also include a monument dedication and flag raising ceremony.

Chick-fil-A, Walmart and the Courthouse Restaurant will be sponsoring the event, providing a light lunch after the ceremony.

At 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13, the Marine Corps League will host a program at the wall in front of Gloucester’s courthouse building. The Gloucester High School NJROTC will serve as color guard. Gloucester’s Commonwealth’s Attorney Holly Smith will be the guest speaker.

The ceremony will also include the playing of all of the U.S. service branch anthems, at which time the men and women who served in each of the branches will be recognized. The program will conclude with the playing of “Taps” and the placement of wreaths at the wall.

Any organization, business or family wishing to lay a wreath is encouraged to contact senior vice commandant Mike Gilberti at M.Gilberti@cox.net.