Veterans Day ceremonies Sunday in counties

- Posted on Nov 07, 2018 - 02:53 PM

Veterans Day ceremonies will be held Sunday in Gloucester and Mathews counties as veterans groups locally and throughout the nation prepare to mark the centennial observance of the holiday.

Veterans Day, originally called Armistice Day, dates to Nov. 11, 1918, which was the date that World War I officially came to an end.

In Gloucester

The first ceremony will be held at 11 a.m., hosted by Disabled American Veterans Chapter #58, located at 6265 Professional Drive in Gloucester.

Col. William E. Townsley (USAF-ret.) will be the guest speaker. A Vietnam War veteran who flew 466 sorties, Townsley’s many combat awards include the Silver Star and two Distinguished Flying Crosses. He was featured in a 2000 History Channel television show “Dangerous Mission,” which chronicled his being shot down in combat. A resident of York County, he has been active in community service since his retirement.

Also during the DAV ceremony, Lt. Col. Robert Walker (ret.) will present a certificate and lapel pin to each Vietnam veteran or spouse of a deceased Vietnam veteran for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States, a release stated.

Lunch and refreshments will follow the service. All are welcome to attend; in case of inclement weather, the event will be held inside.

At 3 p.m., the Middle Peninsula Detachment #1317 of the Marine Corps League will host the traditional wreath-laying ceremony at the memorial wall in front of the Gloucester courthouse building. Civic groups will participate, laying their own wreaths in front of the veterans’ memorial wall.

Retired Coast Guard Captain Thomas Bernard of Gloucester will be the event’s guest speaker.

In Mathews

At 6 o’clock Sunday night, Mathews American Legion Post 83 and its Auxiliary will host its annual Veterans Day Dinner and Awards Ceremony at the post headquarters on Hookemfair Road in Hudgins.

Guest speakers for the Mathews program will be BMC Josh Menges, officer in charge, USCG Station Milford Haven, and BMC Rob Shores, officer in charge of the Aids to Navigation team at Milford Haven. Lt. Col. Walker will also be present at the Mathews ceremony to present Vietnam-era lapel pins. Legion awards will be presented at the conclusion of the program.

The cost for the dinner is $16 per person, with money accepted at the door. For more information, call 804-725-0842.