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‘Last full measure’

Civilians and veterans gathered in Gloucester and Mathews on Sunday to honor the memories of the more than one million veterans who lost their lives in the line of duty in a pair of Memorial Day weekend events.

In Gloucester

American Legion Post 75 oversaw a wreath laying ceremony that was attended by almost 100 people in front of the courts building. Representatives from the Marine Corps League, Ladies Auxiliary, Disabled American Veterans, and Veterans of Foreign Wars were on hand, in addition to representatives from other veteran and service organizations.

Post Commander Rick Ward called the event a part of “a day of remembrance” and opened by paying respects to Virginia State Police special agent Michael T. Walter, a police officer and former marine who was killed in the line of duty over the weekend. Ward asked attendees to remember Walter and “all of the million veterans who have given their lives.”

Ward spoke on the importance of Memorial Day, saying,...

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