Veterans honored during ceremonies in Peterborough
19-year-old Marine Matt Guinard of Peterborough and 88-year-old World War II Army veteran Allen Davis of Peterborough salute during Memorial Day observances in Peterborough Monday morning. (MEGHAN PIERCE/Union Leader Correspondent)
Monadnock region veterans marched down Main Street before gathering at the town war memorial, the Memorial Gates on Grove Street.
“Most of us remember where we were in 1963 when John F. Kennedy was shot. The day after the assassination, Alex, having just graduated from Dartmouth, joined the Navy and enrolled in Officer Candidate School,” said Peterborough Select Board Chairwoman Barbara Miller.
At the age of 17, Emery enlisted into the Army Air Corps toward the end of World War II and spent 14 months on the Alaskan island of Amchitka that is among the Aleutians in the Bering Sea.
Post commander Wayne Thomas said Emery was receiving the 2014 Cane, not just for his service in World War II, but also for his service to fellow veterans, particularly the ones who need rides to the VA or hospital, Thomas said.
In 2010, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant, and was recently promoted to Captain.
Andrade said World War II veterans are often venerated and raised up as the Greatest Generation, but he urged attendees to venerate all generations of veterans.
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