Veterans Day ceremony Sunday at East Ferry
Retired Col. David Fuquea will be the guest speaker at Sunday’s Veterans Day ceremony scheduled for 11 a.m. at East Ferry Memorial Square. Before the festivities begin, volunteers are needed at 8 a.m. to help raise more than 100 flags that will decorate the square for the ceremony.
Fuquea, who is now an associate professor at the Naval War College, was deployed for combat to the Philippines, Sierra Leone, the Congo, Albania, Kosovo and Iraq during his distinguished 30-year career in the Marine Corps. Overall, the infantry officer traveled to more than 100 countries on six of the Earth’s seven continents.
Earlier this year he spent three months as a civilian advisor to the Marine’s commanding general in Afghanistan.
Fuquea joined the Naval War College’s faculty in August 2011. His focus is operational and strategic leadership and he teaches a course for maritime staff operators. He conducts research and writes on modern amphibious warfare. He was awarded first prize in the 2012 Lt. Col. Earl Ellis Essay Contest for his article on innovations in amphibious operations.
Fuquea completed his undergraduate studies at the U.S. Naval Academy in 1981 and went on to earn a master’s degree from both the academy and Duke University. He lives in town with his wife, Susan. The couple has a daughter in middle school and a college-aged son.
If raining, the Veterans Day ceremony will take place across the street at the recreation center. Volunteers are also needed to lower the flags at 3 p.m. The flags are donated by families of Jamestown veterans and date back to the Spanish-American War.