Derry and Londonderry honored local veterans with Veterans Day ceremonies in MacGregor Park in Derry and on the Commons in Londonderry.
In Derry, veterans gathered with special guests and members of American Legion Post 9 and Veterans of Foreign Wars members to honor those who served in the military.
Guest speaker and veteran David Taylor of Derry spoke about why the day means so much to him. Taylor was injured in 2011 while serving in Afghanistan with the 10th Army Mountain Division. He lost a leg below the knee due to his injuries.
He said having support from those back home made the world of difference.
“My brothers are still there,” Taylor said. “But the VFW (in Derry) welcomed me home with open arms.”
VFW Ladies Auxiliary District 7 president Dot Mattson told the crowd she had two brothers who served.
“They go away as a little boy and they come back an old man,” Mattson said. “They’re not the same.”
Mattson said everyone should remember what veterans have sacrificed.
“Don’t forget the ones of the past and the rest we have the privilege of holding onto because they are here,” she said.
Following the service, VFW and American Legion officials visited veterans in local nursing home and retirement facilities.
In Londonderry, a parade made its way from Londonderry High School to the Town Commons, where speakers addressed the sacrifice all veterans make.
Among the speakers was U.S. Army veteran Jim Sievert.
The Marching Lancers participated in the parade.
The local American Legion post welcomed guests after the ceremonies.