Nov 11, 2014 5:12 PM

NH Veterans Cemetery is site for emotional tribute to state soldiers

Patriotic music. Moving military tributes. Heartfelt speeches about brotherhood and sacrifice. This is the 2014 edition of the New Hampshire Veterans Day observance.

The state cemetery in Boscawen is the scene and they turned out in droves, some arriving before the sun was up for the 11 a.m. ceremony just to make sure to get a good seat.

"I think people, we are a very patriotic state and I think people want an opportunity to thank those who have protected our freedom,'' said Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH.

William Reddell III, state adjutant general, summed up the simple sentiment the state's public wishes to pass on to those who took an oath to protect us.

"We are that good in New Hampshire and we can become better,'' Reddell said.

Senator Jeanne Shaheen said she wouldn't try to put herself in the shoes of veterans or their loved ones.

"The truth is we really can't understand their sacrifices. We can only thank them from the bottom of our hearts for being willing to make those sacrifices,'' Shaheen said.

And Gov. Maggie Hassan reminds that challenges to America's way of life remain.

"And today, right now, right here, that cause endures,'' Hassan added.

An estimated, 2,000 people jammed the cemetery site and heard not only political speeches but the posting of the colors and musical selections by both youth and adult singing groups.

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