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Memorial Day services: Reflect on the sacrifices

Gloucester native Vice Admiral William A. “Andy” Brown (U.S. Navy-ret.) encouraged those who attended Sunday afternoon’s Memorial Day service at the Gloucester Veterans Memorial to reflect on the sacrifices made by those whose names are on that wall. Brown was the keynote speaker of the annual service, which is hosted by American Legion Post 75, Gloucester.

Brown, a Gloucester High School graduate who retired last year after a 37-year career in the Navy, mentioned Specialist Eric Caldwell and Sergeant Mason Lewis, the last two Gloucester servicemen to give their lives in service of their country. “When I started reading about them, I couldn’t help but see how their short, but meaningful, lives were dedicated to the military and to their families,” he said.

Brown spoke on how the 10 years since their deaths have passed by so quickly. “The U.S. was at war then and didn’t even see ISIS on the horizon,” he said.

He then reflected on ...

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