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Memorial Day observances go ahead with limited numbers

David Kyle presented a wreath at the Gloucester ceremony on behalf of the Abingdon Ruritan Club.

Memorial Day—noting the sacrifice of America’s men and women in the military—was not forgotten amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as brief ceremonies were held Monday afternoon by American Legion units in Gloucester and Mathews counties.

The Gloucester ceremony, led by American Legion Post 75, was held in front of the Gloucester Veterans Memorial Wall, while the Mathews observance was held at American Legion Post 83 in Hudgins.

This year’s events, however, were not widely publicized for health safety reasons, with no keynote speakers (normally a featured part of both observances) at either program.

In Gloucester, representatives of various, civic and religious organizations, along with a few members of the Gloucester community, gathered at the wall, placing wreaths along the monument that includes the engraved names of Gloucester’s 226 war dead, spanning from the Revolutionary War to ...

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