Veterans urge residents to remember those 'left behind' during Merrimack event
Veterans salute the American flag during a Memorial Day service Monday at the Last Rest Cemetery in Merrimack. (KIMBERLY HOUGHTON/Union Leader Correspondent)
“We need a lot of help. We really need your love and support,” Wheeler told a group of people who gathered Monday at the Last Rest Cemetery for a brief Memorial Day ceremony.
“It is an epidemic now,” he said, adding he was honored to have served in the Gulf War and the Iraq War.
“Today is about showing love and respect for our brothers and sisters, and remembering those who were left behind,” said Murray, who served in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1975. “During our welcome home, we got spit on, and protested against. There was no heroes welcome. We were ashamed.”
Patriotism was prevalent Monday, as residents waved their flags and saluted the fallen during the first unofficial day of summer.
‘We should never, never forget what the veterans have done for our country,” stressed Salvatore Scali of the local VFW. There is a cost for freedom, added Scali, who said it is important to keep that message fresh in the minds of each American.
“This is a great country, and I think we have come so far. I think a lot of people respect those that have served,” said Roche, who spent 21 years in the U.S. Air Force. “This is a pretty meaningful day for me. I want to pay honor to those that went on before me.”
“There are so many memories,” said Tyszko, 76, of Merrimack. “But we must not forget all of the kids that are still out there continuing to fight.”
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