Tuesday, May 27, 2008

First of it's kind memorial to honor living veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts


DERRY, NH - May 26, 2008 is the date in which a first of it's kind memorial was unveiled at MacGregor park in Derry, NH. Derry, which is not unfamiliar with the national spotlight during the US Presidential race, takes center stage once again by dedicating a brand new memorial to all living veterans of the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

To start things off there was a "Welcome Home" parade for all veterans, a fly-over by a National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk, which was then followed by the dedication ceremony. The ceremony was choreographed and set to music, for a truly memorable experience. In attendance were members of the Monument Committee, the American Legion, the VFW, the Boy Scouts of America, Pinkerton Academy JROTC, Derry's own "Band of Brothers", US Armed Service members from all branches, and hundreds of townspeople who were all there to see the event. Governor John Lynch was the keynote speaker and presented an Executive Commendation to Derry Town Council Chairman, Rick Metts. State Senator Bob Letourneau presented a Senate Proclamation to the town.

More pictures are available on my website: http://www.petelanglois.net/gallery/5027782_EBSwN#302348317_hmJ4n