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Local celebrations reflect on the meaning of Memorial Day

May 30, 2019
REGION – On Monday, many residents of the Winnisquam Region took time off from their cookouts and other holiday activities to attend Memorial Day parades and ceremonies, honoring those who gave their lives to protect the freedom in not just this nation but in countries around the world as well.

In Tilton, members of Whiteman-Davidson American Legion Post 49 were joined by a group of residents from the New Hampshire Veterans Home, local Boy Scout, Cub Scout and Girl Scout troops, fire and police representatives, and the Winnisquam Regional High School marching band in a solemn parade. The contingency made its way along Main Street, pausing along the way at each of the many war monuments, including Park Cemetery, where Post 49's Chaplain Tom Robert placed wreaths. In honor of those lost at sea, Post 48's new commander, Cori Partridge, also tossed flowers into the Winnipesauke River.

Later that afternoon, the Town of Belmont held their parade and ceremonies under the direction of Charles C. Kilborn American Legion Post 58. Legion members there were also accompanied by scout troops as well as the Belmont High School marching band and Belmont Police Department's honor guard. After their march along Main Street, a crowd gathered at Veterans Monument on Church Street where both Commander Rich Stanley, followed by Woody Fogg, offered remarks about the meaning of the day and the brave men and women who gave their lives for their country.

Former commander Bob Stevens also read a poem written by a Korean War veteran, that ended with the phrase, "Thank a vet for what they've done. These colors do not run."

"Taps with Echo" was performed by BHS band members Cody York and Michael Marrone. During the ceremony, representatives of the Boy Scouts placed a wreath at Veterans Monument and the Girl Scouts tossed flowers into the Tioga River.

Stanley also read the names of past Belmont residents whose names are engraved on the monument that was erected in 1915. Beginning with those who died in the Civil War, he continued on with the Spanish-American War, WWI, WWII, the Korean War and Viet Nam. As each name was read, a bell was rung in their honor. He then concluded with the reading of eight Belmont veterans who died over the past year.

"We thank them all for their service," he said.

A pictoral look at some of the day's remembrances can be found on pages A2 & A3.

AJ Coleman
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Varney Smith
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