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New Hampshire

October 31, 2012

Pelham to honor its veterans

PELHAM – The Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion announced Veterans Day activities yesterday.

John H. Hargreaves Memorial VFW Post 10722 commander Mark McCabe said the groups are welcoming the community to participate in events.

“Please join us,” McCabe said.

The events are intended to celebrate the ending of the nation’s wars through the years, as well as honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom, he said.

All events are planned for Sunday, Nov. 11.

A combined VFW-Legion honor guard will perform the wreath laying, gun salute and “Taps” at Veterans Memorial Park, Mammoth Road near the Massachusetts line, at 9 a.m.

St. Patrick’s Church hosts a special “Armed Forces Mass” at 10:30 a.m.

The Rev. Anthony Kuzia, pastor, said the event is planned in conjunction with the church’s ongoing 100th anniversary celebration. Every Pelham veteran has been invited.

“I think it’s fantastic,” McCabe said.

First Congregational Church also will recognize veterans during a church service that day, McCabe said.

The VFW Post at 6 Main St. hosts a flag retirement ceremony starting at 11:45 a.m.

“We will escort them up to the fire pit so they can place the flag to honor a loved one,” McCabe said.

Open houses will be held for the VFW and Legion post on Windham Road, from noon to 4 p.m. There will be free food and drinks at the VFW.

Other highlights include a Veterans Administration Mobile Center, a VFW state service officer assisting veterans with benefits and claims, a flag line with the Patriot Guard and patriotic songs from the Claudia Combs Musical Academy Choir.

A sunset service will be held at 4 p.m. at Gibson Cemetery. Call 635-1540 for more information.

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