Billingsley not only served his country, but also his community.
Vietnam veteran and Derry town historian Richard Holmes insisted on calling Billinglsey the “coach” as the World War II vet was coach of the Derry Little League the final time the town team won the state championship in 1959. That’s another honor to be proud of, Holmes said, in addition to the military years.
Holmes shared a table with veterans from the Korean War.
“We were both from forgotten wars,” Holmes said. “When we came home, there weren’t any parades. It’s nice to be thanked now. We appreciate it.”
U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., was the guest speaker. She said she was honored to share time with the veterans and appreciated all they did for the country. She included families and friends who stay behind.
“Our men and women can’t serve and do what we ask of them without the support they get at home,” she said. “When you serve, your loved ones also serve.”