May 30, 2015 4:47 PM

NH families and state leaders mark Memorial Day at veterans cemetery

BOSCAWEN - State leaders and veteran's families gathered at the N.H. State Veterans Cemetery on Saturday to celebrate Memorial Day on the actual anniversary of the holiday.

The ceremony included comments from Gov. Maggie Hassan and U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte among others.

"My husband is buried here. He was a veteran of 24 years with the Army," said Carol Bickert, of Merrimack, after the ceremony.

Veteran David Sirois' wife, Aline, is also buried in the cemetery. She was laid to rest just last year and Sirois said he comes to see her once a week.
"When I started coming it was still winter. Very cold and barren but there was still a beauty and peace to this area," said Sirois.
"I wish that everybody in the United States would appreciate what those people have done for us," said Howard Chuchul.
At the cemetery, May 30th is recognized as Memorial Day, the anniversary of the first Memorial Day in 1868.
"We must be proud most of all of those who fought for our country," Sirois said.


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