All ages gather to celebrate Memorial Day in Dunbarton
By JULIE HANSON
Union Leader Correspondent | May 26. 2014 8:46PM
Dylan Shedd reads his essay at Dunbarton’s annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Dunbarton Community Center. (JULIE HANSON/Union Leader Correspondent)
Wreaths were placed on the Town Common Monday morning, followed by a ceremony at Dunbarton Community Center in the afternoon. Veterans rose as the Hopkinton Band played select pieces honoring their branch of service.
“Let us not remember them in anguish; they would not wish our pity. For their sakes also let us not forget the loved ones left behind. Our tears or words of sympathy cannot bring back the comfort of those loving hands or the music of those voices stilled. Only the solemn pride of having given more than all the rest is theirs who live to weep. But all the world, because of what they gave, is debtor to them,” Mccubbin read.
LaBrecque reminded the audience that Memorial Day isn’t just a holiday to kick the summer off.
Shedd, Welch and Murphy shared stories of family members who served in the military and the sacrifices they made to keep the country safe.
Each child received a certificate of excellence from Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s office. Ayotte’s representative Chris Connolly read a letter from the senator praising the essay contest as a wonderful way to connect students with the legacy of America’s heroes.
Resident Barbara Wanner has seen four generations of her family serve in the armed services. She felt the ceremony was a fitting tribute.