Annual NH Memorial Day service draws hundreds to honor fallen vets
BOSCAWEN — New Hampshire state officials joined veterans, gold star families and other residents in honoring the Granite State's fallen veterans at an annual Memorial Day service.
A crowd of nearly 300 people gathered Tuesday at the N.H. Veterans Cemetery despite the cloudy weather.
Speakers at the event included Governor Chris Sununu, Senator Maggie Hassan, Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster, N.H. Adjutant General Bill Reddel, retired judge Colonel Gerard Boyle, General Stephen Curry, President of the N.H. Veterans Cemetery Association, and Bruce Katz, Senior Vice Commandant N.H. Department of the N.H. Marine Corp League.
Sununu began his remarks by recalling the cold, rainy weather during last year's ceremony, but said that there was still just as many people present as there was Tuesday.
"People really understand what it means, in New Hampshire, to honor those who came before us," Sununu said. "To honor those who have served."
Sununu shared in the same sentiment brought forth by General Reddel, that Americans shouldn't remember fallen veterans only on Memorial Day, but every day of the year.
Senator Hassan thanked the cemetery's director, Michael Horne, and all of his staff for hosting the service and maintaining the cemetery. She also told gold star families that their sacrifices will not be forgotten.
"Every day we honor the brave service and selfless sacrifice of your loved ones," Hassan said. "We will always strive to be here for you just as you and your loved ones were there for all of us."
The keynote speaker, Colonel Gerard Boyle, told the audience of his recent visit to famous WWII sites Omaha Beach and Pointe du Hoc, his own father's service story, as well as stories of other men and women who fought for America's freedom.
"Today is not a day where we honor our veterans, that day is November 11," Boyle told the crowd. "Today is the day when we honor those brave men and women, who when the trumpets of war summoned them, they answered the call and didn't come home."