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Sep 11, 2016 10:22 PM

Annual Sept. 11 ceremony provides 'night of remembrance' for NH service people


BOSCAWEN - Hundreds gathered at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen on Sunday evening to honor those who lost their lives helping others on Sept. 11, 2001.

The 100 Nights of Remembrance Closing Ceremony brought together service men and women of all branches and ages, as well as residents from across the state to remember the sacrifice made on that day 15 years ago.

"While death should definitely not be glorified, I think it’s okay to say their deaths were noble," said Col. William T. Conway from the Office of the New Hampshire Adjutant General in his address during the ceremony. "While it may sound like a paradox, in order to truly live, you sometimes have to be willing to die for what you believe in."

Sunday night was the last night of the summer the sound of "Taps" would echo through the cemetery.

Volunteer buglers play the song at the cemetery every night between Memorial Day and 9/11, which is exactly 100 nights. The closing ceremony on the last night is meant for people to memorialize the day as a community, though each attendee had personal reasons for being there.

"I remember how 9/11 changed my life, changed his life, and I think we need to have that balance of everybody needs to remember," said Karen Thurston, President of the Blue Star Mothers of New Hampshire.

The ceremony featured color guards, military groups, police officers, musical groups, and more from across the state. Dozens of flags flew around the cemetery for the occasion.

Attendees hoped the ceremony would be a small way to thank both past and present service people for their sacrifice, as well as a message of support for them.

"Just to say, we're here for you," said Susan Tinnin, another Blue Star mother. "Your family isn't the only one that's thinking and caring about you."

Sue Beswick agreed, saying it's important to have pride in the country and the people who protect it.

"With everything that's been going on, I think it's wonderful to see any sort of patriotism," she said. "Such a public display of it like this, it's truly great to see."

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