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Dylan Shedd reads his essay at Dunbarton’s annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Dunbarton Community Center. (JULIE HANSON/Union Leader Correspondent)

All ages gather to celebrate Memorial Day in Dunbarton

DUNBARTON — Multiple generations of Dunbarton residents gathered at the town’s Annual Memorial Day ceremony.

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.

Gary Maccubbin, commander of Dunbarton American Legion Post 116, read a tribute to veterans lost in all wars.

“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.

Dumbarton Elementary School students Finnian Welch, Justin Murphy, Falon LaBrecque and Dylan Shedd read their winning essays about Memorial Day.

LaBrecque reminded the audience that Memorial Day isn’t just a holiday to kick the summer off.

“Memorial Day is a day to remember and honor all the soldiers who fought for our country and have fallen for us,” she said.

Shedd, Welch and Murphy shared stories of family members who served in the military and the sacrifices they made to keep the country safe.

“Hearing my grandfather’s story made me realize we need to value things while we’re here and serving our country will make an impact,” Murphy said.

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.

“It is important to remember that the freedom we enjoy is not free,” Ayotte wrote.

Resident Barbara Wanner has seen four generations of her family serve in the armed services. She felt the ceremony was a fitting tribute.

“This is what New Hampshire is all about,” Wanner said. “This is what this day is about.”


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