TILTON — Students and teachers from Gilford High School will return to the New Hampshire Veterans Home for another year on Friday, June 14, to donate to the Home another batch of ceremonial American flag presentation cases. This year, their visit coincides with Flag Day.
The cases are produced as part of a special joint project during the school year by GHS business teacher Steve O’Riordan and technology and engineering teacher Dan Caron, who first stepped up in 2015 after finding out the Home’s previous supplier had stopped providing the triangular polished wood cases that are used to hold a ceremonially folded flag at veterans’ funerals.
O’Riordan’s business students do the fundraising and Caron’s classes build the boxes, with a little adult help.
The plan is to deliver more than 60 of the unfinished cases to the Home. Over the course of the year, Home residents will sand and stain them during activity periods. The Home provides cases free of charge to the families of deceased residents.
Officers of the Home’s resident council and Margaret “Peggy” LaBrecque, the Home’s commandant, will be on hand to receive them on behalf of the residents during a Flag Day ceremony celebrating the “birthday” of the American Flag, which was adopted by the Second Continental Congress in 1777. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. in the Home’s town hall auditorium, and is free and open to the public. The Home is located at 139 Winter St.