, Derry, New Hampshire


January 31, 2013

Heroes among us


At the other end of the spectrum, young Daisy and Brownie Scouts went to Derry’s Central Fire Station last week, bringing with them stuffed bears the girls had made. They were delivering them so firefighters could distribute them to children in need of comfort in traumatic situations.

The Marching Lancers, pride of Londonderry High and the state of New Hampshire, made people sit up and take notice last week when they stepped sharply up Pennsylvania Avenue and past President Obama and his assembled guests.

Dressed smartly in their red, white and blue uniforms, and led by a talented and colorful color guard, the 262 students celebrated the inauguration with a medley of patriotic tunes.

Their second inaugural parade appearance in four years was truly awesome. They looked great, sounded great and well represented the Granite State, perhaps best known in Washington for its first-in-the-nation primary status.

But the Lancers didn’t parachute in from a chartered flight. Six coach buses and an instrument truck carried the band, chaperones and music directors south in a caravan that was on the road for about 12 hours.

It took countless hours of rehearsal and dedication to make the cut, no matter how celebrated the band might be locally.

It also took many hours of fundraising, planning and logistical work to get the band on to Pennsylvania Avenue.

The student musicians and color guard deserve sound applause, but so, too, do the parents, chaperones, business supporters and music department members who helped make another dream a reality.

The list truly is endless. The lack of a mention here does not equate to exclusion from hero status.

Derry and Londonderry are communities of heroes, some of lifesaving proportion, others quietly working to make the world better for the greater community.

That’s invaluable.

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