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May 2, 2016 12:40 PM

Stone from President Obama placed at New Hampshire memorial

RINDGE (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire has placed a stone on behalf of President Barack Obama at a memorial in Rindge dedicated to Americans who work on behalf of peace.

In a tradition that dates back to President Truman, presidents have placed a stone at the Altar of the Nation at the Cathedral of the Pines. Shaheen, a Democrat, laid the stone from Pearl Harbor on Monday morning.

Cathedral of the Pines was founded in 1945 by Sibyl and Douglas Sloane III as a memorial to men and women, including their son Sandy, who lost their lives in World War II. The couple envisioned their memorial would attract people of all faiths in a "spirit of unity and respect."

Past presidents and governors have had their tributes to the American war dead placed at the altar.

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