Center Harbor honors those who died serving their country
CENTER HARBOR — With a military color guard to her left and a town cemetery behind her, Rev. Carol Snow-Asher pointed to a downtown street corner where a memorial stands, honoring town residents who fought and died serving their country.
Inscribed on the first of the three bronze plaques is: “In Honor of Center Harbor Boys Who Fought for Liberty,” a reference to those who fought and died at a very young age.
It’s important to remember, Snow-Asher said, that soldiers honored at this Memorial Day service died in service to their town as well as their country.
“Today we especially remember the Center Harbor boys,” Snow-Asher said. “The families who know them honor them, even if they do it through tears.
“They lived here, they loved it here, and they sacrificed themselves for the freedoms we enjoy … and for the beauty of this place,” she said. “We pause to remember, in sadness and in joy, those who fought to make this place a better place.”
Marching in the town parade were veterans from American Legion Post 33, including the color guard, and members of the Inter-Lakes High School marching band.
Among the blue-uniformed horn players in the band was a young man in black pants and a white shirt, carrying a trumpet. His name is Nicholas Jepsen, and he was marching with his old band mates.
Jepsen, 18, of Meredith, is a 2013 graduate of Inter-Lakes High School, but he is now Specialist Nicholas Jepsen of the New Hampshire National Guard. His specialty is the trumpet, as he is a member of the Guard’s touring band, which plays scores of shows across the country each year.
“I guess I’m not a civilian anymore,” Jepsen said after the parade. “I came back because I loved playing at Inter-Lakes, and Memorial Day means a lot more to me now than it used to.”
“I have to admit, in school, when we played here, I was bored sometimes and I just kind of went through the motions. Now, serving and being part of the military and knowing all that people do for their country, it means something more, a lot more.”
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