---- — DERRY — Local baton twirlers were honored by veterans for their community service and dedication to honoring those who serve in the military.
The Red Star Twirlers were honored by members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1617 in Derry and received a framed plaque in a special ceremony. VFW Commander Carl Starosciak presented the award to Red Star coach Gina Hutchinson and her twirlers. He said the group was a strong patriotic unit, always giving their best to show respect to veterans and military personnel.
The Red Stars are well traveled and have made appearances all around the world. The group paid tribute to local fallen heroes when visiting Washington, D.C. The plaque read “Presented to the Red Star Twirlers for your patriotism shown Memorial Day in Washington D.C. and Derry, N.H. For meritorious and distinguished service in furthering the aims and ideals of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in the United States.”
Starosciak said he read news articles about all the Red Stars have done to honor servicemen and women, and said he was struck by their strong patriotic spirit.
“It’s nice for our veterans to know that the Red Stars know the true meaning of Memorial Day,” he said.
Hutchinson said she was impressed with the honor and and wants to continue to instill the importance of honoring veterans into her young twirlers.
She said the VFW honor was one of the highlights of her Red Star years. Twirler Jessica Avelar accepted the award. Hutchinson chose her because the young woman’s own brother, Cory, is serving in the U.S. Army.