Veterans Day ceremony at Portsmouth's VFW.

Nov 11, 2015 5:50 PM

Portsmouth goes to Plan B, powers through the rain to celebrate Veterans Day

PORTSMOUTH - Poor weather was no match for the Port City's veterans ceremonies, which were moved inside at the VFW on Deer Street.

Multiple speakers included Portsmouth Mayor Robert Lister, who also performed the Star Spangled Banner, and Command Master Chief Shaun Garvin of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

"A thank you and a handshake can be very powerful," Garvin told the crowd about Veteran's Day. “Because of these veterans, we are free. With today’s military, we will remain free. Veterans day does much more than set aside one day to honor our proud veterans. The impact of this annual tradition helps extend the spirit of honor and gratitude throughout the year.”

A brief lunch was held shortly after at the nearby American Legion.

Retired service members said it meant a lot to honored for their sacrifice and selflessness.

“Whenever someone says thank you for serving, I appreciate that," said VFW Commander Al Fermahin. "It just lightens me up. It just causes my spirit to go up, it soars.”

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