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May 22, 2015 1:15 PM

Bow High remembers NH veterans before holiday weekend


BOW - A ceremony at Bow High School this morning paid tribute to New Hampshire soldiers who gave their lives for their country, including home town hero Brandon Garabant

“He loved helping people and serving people,” said Jessie Kelley of her son Brandon.

Upon his high school graduation Brandon Garabrant set out to become a U.S. Marine. Sometime later he was deployed to Afghanistan at just 19-years-old.

“There was an IED that was buried down further than most. It detonated when his truck went over it,” said Kelley remembering her son’s death.

Eleven months later, she still get’s emotional, telling NH1 News that some days the pain is all too real. But she visited Bow to help spread her son’s message.

“I challenge each of you to consider what it is that you want to be remembered for,” Kelley said to the crowd of teenagers.

“A few people asked me if I’m ready to lay my life on the line for my country. I realize this is the path that I owe to my country,” said Bow High senior, Jordan Fessenden.

Fessenden said he grew up in a military home and knew one day it would be his turn to enlist. He will be off to boot camp before summer’s end.

"That’s really what the weekend is about, not just a day off from school, but what people have done for this country,” said Fessenden.


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