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Veterans Day: Observances today in Gloucester, Mathews

Veterans Day observances will be held today in Gloucester and Mathews counties, starting with a 2 p.m. service at the Gloucester County Veterans Memorial in front of the new courthouse building. The Mathews ceremony will be held at 6 o’clock tonight in Hudgins, at the post headquarters of American Legion Post 83 and its Auxiliary.

Middle Peninsula Detachment #1317 of the Marine Corps League will be sponsoring the event, which will begin with the arrival of the Marine Corps Honor Guard.

Marine Col. Peter H. Devlin, Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence, for the Marine Forces Command, Norfolk, will be the guest speaker. Following the speech, community organizations will take part in a wreath laying ceremony at the memorial.

The service hymns of each branch of the military will be performed, followed by a moment of silence and a ceremonial firing by an honor guard. The ceremony will end with the playing of "Taps" and singing of "God Bless America."

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