Future of NH city's Memorial Day parade, Veterans Day ceremony uncertain
CONCORD — The lack of Concord Veterans Council members is putting the future of the Memorial Day parade and the Veterans Day ceremony at risk.
For the last eight years, Paul Lloyd, president of the council, has planned the two city events which honor veterans.
"My concern is that there is nobody to step up to plan the Memorial Day parade and the Veterans Day ceremony," Lloyd said.
With only four members in the council, and Lloyd planning on stepping down after Memorial Day, these events in the coming years remain uncertain.
"I really don’t know whats going to happen in the future," Lloyd said.
The organization is looking for volunteers to help run the parade and ceremony. They posted notices in the local VFW seeking help, but Lloyd said no additional people showed up to a scheduled meeting besides the four members.
Lloyd added that since reaching out to the Concord Monitor, he has heard from a few people looking to volunteer, but mainly to help place flags on veterans' graves, which the committee does every May.
The future of the placing of the flags does not look dim, Lloyd said, because they still have volunteers to do that and they also get $5,000 a year from the city to make sure the event is possible.
The organization placed about 4,000 flags in 13 cemeteries around Concord on Saturday, gaining more volunteers than in the past, Lloyd said.