DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

November 14, 2013

Veterans celebrated in Derry, Londonderry

Communities thank veterans for service


Derry News

---- — Veterans in Derry and Londonderry had their day.

To honor Veterans Day, the towns hosted salutes and celebrations to pay respects to veterans and their service.

Londonderry kicked off Veterans Day observances Saturday with a breakfast served by Londonderry High School’s Pay It Forward Club. After that, veterans were escorted by students to watch the annual parade march down Mammoth Road.

Traditional ceremonies followed on the Town Common.

Derry honored its veterans Monday with annual observances in MacGregor Park near the town’s military monuments.

A joint effort by the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars paid tribute to the community’s veterans, thanking them for their service.

American Legion Auxiliary Post 9 chaplain Bruce Alger spoke about what it means to be a veteran, how it affects the solder, the spouse, the family and town.

He said there are more than 21 million veterans of all ages living in the country today.

“I’m proud to be a veteran, this is our day,” Alger said. “I thank all you veterans and welcome home.”

Derry Town Councilors Al Dimmock and Mark Osborne offered a proclamation to honor veterans.

Prior to Monday’s ceremony in Derry, local veterans enjoyed a free breakfast offered by the Pinkerton Academy senior class. After the ceremony in the park, the celebrations continued with open houses at the VFW post home on Railroad Avenue.

Local veterans also paid visits to area nursing facilities and retirement homes to greet other veterans and thank them for their service.