Two events in Gloucester for Memorial Day weekend will highlight history, recalling the roles of soldiers in the Revolutionary and Civil wars.
On Saturday, reenactors of the 7th Virginia Regiment of the Continental Line commemorate the 236th anniversary of their formation at the historic Gloucester Courthouse. The soldiers will encamp on the Courthouse green and from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. will engage in activities including encampment, troop formations and roll call.
Cannon firing will take place on the First Presbyterian Church lawn across from the Courthouse Green. The public is encouraged to participate and all those recruited for service will receive a certificate.
At 3:30 p.m., a wreath laying ceremony will be held at the monument in the Courthouse Circle in honor of the members of the 7th Virginia Regiment and all veterans who have served their country.
At 6 p.m., residents can attend a celebration featuring a fiddler and traditional dance taking place upstairs at the Gloucester Museum of History across from the Courthouse Circle.
The event is sponsored by Gloucester County Parks, Recreation & Tourism.
On Monday, the "Birth of Military Aviation" from Civil War aeronauts to modern flight will hold an event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gloucester County Public Library on Main Street.
The re-enactment will feature a 45-foot diameter replica of the Union Force's hot air balloon "Intrepid." Reenactors will portray Union balloonist Thaddeus Lowe and Gloucester's own Confederate balloonist, John Randolph Bryan.
Other activities include book signings and presentations.
The event is sponsored by Gloucester County Parks, Recreation & Tourism and the Gloucester Sesquicentennial Civil War Committee.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times